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Cain campaign connected to Kochs

GOP candidate has ties to brothers' advocacy group

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Herman Cain, the latest Republican candidate to join the front runners for the 2012 election, doesn’t just have the support of some GOP voters; he has the Koch brothers on his side, the Associated Press reports.

As Cain’s campaign grows in popularity, it is also being placed under the microscope, showing his economic ideas, support and organization are all closely linked to billionaire businessmen brothers Charles and David Koch, the Washington Post reports. The Kochs are known for funding the right through advocacy groups, such as Americans for Prosperity, which lobbies for lower taxes and less government regulation and spending.

The Godfather’s Pizza owner has built a campaign with many people from the Kochs’ AFP, including his campaign manager and a number of aides, AP reports. Cain also credits a businessman from the AFP advisory board with helping devise his ‘9-9-9’ plan to rewrite the nation’s tax code, AP reports.

As his Koch ties came to light Sunday morning, Cain spoke out saying he “won’t be a flavor of the week” candidate and his rise to the top of GOP presidential election polls will be permanent, the AP reports. Recent polls have shown Cain alongside Mitt Romney and Rick Perry.

Iowa conservatives are eager for Cain to be their answer to everything they want, said Moira Crooks, a Republican from Boone, the Des Moines Register reports. The candidate was last in Iowa in August, when he finished fifth in the Iowa straw poll, the Des Moines Register reports.

But after his surprising win in the Florida straw poll, a string of highly praised debate performances, and his 9-9-9 plan, undecided Iowa Republicans are now taking a second look at Cain, the Des Moines Register reports.

This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.

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