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article imageHerman Cain and the Koch Brothers - political bedmates?

By Nancy Houser     Oct 11, 2011 in Politics
Based out of Wichita, Kansas, the wealthy Koch brothers own businesses in 45 states and 60 countries. They are accused of bankrolling right-wing political action groups and think tanks, in addition to illegally selling chemical equipment to Iran.
David and Charles Koch are proud to be called Americans, and they make the most of it. Literally.
According to the New Yorker, "The Kochs operate oil refineries in Alaska, Texas, and Minnesota, and control some four thousand miles of pipeline. Koch Industries owns Brawny paper towels, Dixie cups, Georgia-Pacific lumber, Stainmaster carpet, and Lycra, among other products. Forbes ranks it as the second-largest private company in the country, after Cargill, and its consistent profitability has made David and Charles Koch—who, years ago, bought out two other brothers—among the richest men in America. Their combined fortune of thirty-five billion dollars is exceeded only by those of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett."
The Koch brothers and America
America and democracy mean different things to different people. Identical principles of democracy and freedom are used to better a life or gain control through power and greed. Funding Universe reported, “In 1989 the Senate looked into charges that Koch had been stealing oil from Native Americans in Oklahoma by deliberately mis-measuring the crude oil it was buying.”
As the Koch brothers become more open in their political dealings in recent years, they are rapidly attracting media attention. In the hot seat quite regularly, the two brothers are becoming nervous enough to fight back with their money and politics.
The Open Salon writes that, "Since Koch-sponsored secret meetings were revealed, secret planning with Supreme Court Justices was exposed, and secret funding of right wing groups became apparent, Americans have begun to wonder just how much influence these guys have purchased."
As more information comes forth, a rapidly growing number of people have begun boycotting the Koch products.
Herman Cain's new political allies
Nobody speaks more loudly in support of the loyalty of the Koch brothers toward America than the 2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, an Atlanta radio host and past chairman and CEO of Godfather's Pizza, who has topped Republican polls in Virginia and South Carolina while winning the Florida GOP straw poll.
Herman Cain
Herman Cain
Herman Cain from Facebook
This is America. Citizens are able to actively support candidates of their choice, those who represent personal beliefs and future goals. Who we are is represented by who we choose and trust, with the nation suffering if a wrong choice is made on any political level.
And obviously, candidate Cain supports and trusts the Koch brothers. But why do the wealthy and powerful Koch brothers want Herman Cain? Watch the above video or at Think Progress's.
Mounting evidence of political bedmates
In January 2011, The Other McCain website wrote, "Herman Cain Attends Koch Brothers Meeting, Causes Left-Wing Freak-Out" with Think Progress accusing both Cain and the Koch brothers of a conspiracy.
The Koch meeting was at the famous Rancho Las Palmas resort, with a leaked guest list meant "to review strategies for combating the multitude of public policies that threaten to destroy America as we know it". These apocalyptic threats included "climate change alarmism and the move to socialised health care", as well as "the regulatory assault on energy". In his covering note on the invitation Charles asked: "If not us, who? If not now, when?" according to the Independent.co.uk’s article on, “Why Liberals are rising up against the Koch brothers.”
Photograph of the justices  cropped to show Justice Scalia who attended the 2011 meeting at the Koch...
Photograph of the justices, cropped to show Justice Scalia who attended the 2011 meeting at the Koch brothers.
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Individuals who attend Koch fundraisers are House Republican leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, Glenn Beck, Ken Langone, Karl Rowe, Herman Cain and leaders from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, with the Kochs providing funding to funding to the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Previous guests have been top Republican politicians and conservative Supreme Court justices.
This month, the watchdog group Common Cause delivered a letter to the Justice Department saying that Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas should have disqualified themselves from the Citizens United case if they had taken part in a meeting the Kochs sponsored. A Supreme Court spokesman said neither justice participated in the meeting but said Thomas "dropped by." (LA Times)
Considered a Tea Party activist, Herman Cain has been a frequent guest at events sponsored by Koch front groups---such as Americans for Prosperity.
Prominent Koch guests
Clarence Thomas  Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States who attended the 2011 m...
Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States who attended the 2011 meeting at the Koch brothers.
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• A top aide to House Majority Eric Cantor has left in order to form a new Young Guns Super PAC (Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy) in order to absorb unlimited cash from corporations, right-wing billionaires and all who seek to influence powerful GOPs. This will give Wall Street banks and Big Oil a direct hotline to the most powerful GOPs in Washington.
Ken Langone is the founder of Home Depot---a venture capitalist, investment banker and financial backer of The Home Depot, and a former director of the New York Stock Exchange. He helped develop the new Karl Rove network of front groups, American Action Network and American Action Forum. He also helped develop the American Crossroads/Crossroads GPS that delivered attack ads against the 2011 Democrats.
Glenn Beck, a guest of honor at one of the Koch meetings, is now calling for the complete extermination of the Occupy Wall Street members on his talk show, “…the only thing that could control the movement would be a forceful crushing from "the top," he added, "It will be the Night of Long Knives. It will be a purging of this country." This was a seeming reference to the political murders carried out by the Nazis in 1934.
According to the Daily Kos in August of 2010,
“This morning, the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer published an explosive investigative piece detailing the role of the Koch family in orchestrating not only the Tea Party movement, but much of the modern right-wing infrastructure. The brothers David and Charles Koch, heirs to the oil and chemical conglomerate Koch Industries, have founded or funded dozens of conservative or libertarian publications, think tanks, and attack groups. Their father, Fred Koch, similarly fueled the paranoid right-wing movements of the fifties and sixties through his financing of the John Birch Society.”
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