During an interview with CNN yesterday (video below), GOP frontrunner Herman Cain confirmed his long relationship with the conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch.
Cain has cast himself as the political outsider and successful businessman, but his economic ideas, support and organization have close ties to the billionaire brothers who bankroll right-leaning causes through their "grass roots" front group 'Americans for Prosperity,' which opposes Wall Street Reform, cap and trade laws, unions, environmental regulations and health care reform
ABC News reports that Cain credits a businessman who served on an Americans for Prosperity advisory board for helping to create his "9-9-9" plan to rewrite the tax code, which would slash corporate taxes, but increase taxes on working Americans.
On CNN, Cain said "I know the Koch Brothers. The Koch Brothers helped to start to an organization called Americans for Prosperity. And I did some speaking when they were starting that organization, and I’m very proud of the relationship that I have with the Koch Brothers, as well as Americans for Prosperity. I have also attended some of their seminars and have found them very informative. So I don’t have a close relationship with the Koch Brothers, but I know them and I respect them, and they know me and respect me."