While everyone is talking about the past sexual harassment accusations against Herman Cain, there’s another story today that could prove even bigger trouble for Herman Cain:
Herman Cain’s two top campaign aides ran a private Wisconsin-based corporation that helped the GOP presidential candidate get his fledgling campaign off the ground by originally footing the bill for tens of thousands of dollars in expenses for such items as iPads, chartered flights and travel to Iowa and Las Vegas – something that might breach federal tax and campaign law, according to sources and documents.
Internal financial records obtained by No Quarter show that Prosperity USA said it was owed about $40,000 by the Cain campaign for a variety of items in February and March. Cain began taking donations for his presidential bid on Jan. 1.
Prosperity USA was owned and run by Wisconsin political operatives Mark Block and Linda Hansen, Cain’s current chief of staff and deputy chief of staff, respectively.
Now we are dealing with campaign finance law, something no where near as steamy as sexual harassment, but something that could be much more damaging. Don’t take my word for that. The article has this little tidbit:
Election law experts say the transactions raise a host of questions for the private organization, which billed itself as a tax-exempt nonprofit, and the Cain team.
“If the records accurately reflect what occurred, this is way out of bounds,” said a Washington, D.C.-based election lawyer who advises many Republican candidates and conservative groups on campaign issues. The lawyer asked not to be identified because of those affiliations.
Michael Maistelman, a Wisconsin campaign attorney, agreed.
Election law lawyers are saying Herman Cain has a big problem here, including one that is close to the right.
So now we have sex + political money. This is sounding more and more like a repeat of 2008 and John Edwards. I just wonder how much longer Cain can hang on. Also, can anyone remember when another candidate had so much bad news on a single day? I know I sure can’t!