New Herman Cain Super PAC launched during debate
October 19th, 2011
01:08 AM ET
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New Herman Cain Super PAC launched during debate

(CNN) - A group launched a new effort Tuesday night dedicated to supporting Hermain Cain's candidacy in the early-voting states.

The Super PAC - dubbed the 999 PAC - is run by Republican campaign veteran Jordan Gehrke. He pledges to raise enough money to hire "experienced operatives to staff Cain in for the early states, operatives who have experience winning."

He identifies those states as Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina, Michigan, Arizona and Florida.

Under Federal Election Commission rules, a "Super PAC" or super political action committee can accept unlimited donations but must report its contributors and cannot coordinate with a candidate.

Other candidates, including Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, have Super PACs established by former aides to help in their fundraising efforts.

In his inaugural email, Gehrke writes, "Herman Cain has proven that he is a top-tier candidate. Now he needs a top-tier early state operation. We intend to provide reinforcements. We're going to do the basic 'blocking and tackling' Herman needs to win in early states. That means doing yard signs, identifying supporters, phone calls, doors knocked, 'Friend to Friend' cards, and 'Get Out the Vote' operations that can propel Herman Cain to victory in these primaries."

The email also attacks both the media and the establishment for dismissing Cain's candidacy, and identifies Cain as the true tea party candidate in the race.

It reads in part, "Conservatives have been told they have to pick Mitt Romney, despite his flip-flops on abortion, immigration, gun control. Plus, he's the intellectual father of ObamaCare. No conservative really LIKES the idea of nominating Romney. But they think we might be stuck with him. Conservatives were told Rick Perry was the "Tea Party" alternative to Mitt Romney, until we found out he mandated that 12 year-old-girls receive a vaccine for HPV without their parents' permission, opposed building a fence along America's southern border, and supported free college tuition for illegal aliens. Thankfully, we have a real choice this time: Herman Cain."

During the 2010 election, Gehrke was on the Sharron Angle campaign and did direct mail for Allen West. He won't reveal fundraising numbers for 999 PAC but says online fundraising is "going tremendously well."

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. no1atall

    Yeah. Good luck with that. A better name for it would have been the 'Sucker Born Every Minute' PAC.

    October 19, 2011 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  2. mrbenz7

    Well its about time! Herman Cain is a serious contender and worthy of the presidency! Herman Cain is a real Class Act!

    October 19, 2011 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  3. reality

    Cain for president of the use me i am black man trapped inside of the Devils deed body,,,What a joke. I am willing to bet anyone on this planet that he will not get the nomination. he is not only a discredit to his race, but a discredit to the human race.... Are you serious,,,,,O>>>>M>>>>>>>G

    October 19, 2011 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  4. thomas

    Pizza PAC ?

    Do they deliver ?

    October 19, 2011 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  5. murna gilbert, portland, OR

    About time – I pray he wins. I dont like the media dismissing his candidacy. Well, the people see it differently. Go Hermain Cain!

    October 19, 2011 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  6. Earle Belle

    Standing Above the Fray

    Once again, it’s worth pointing out that all of these candidates are viciously attacking one other over each of their lackluster, big government records.

    They all have them. Except one.

    And that candidate continues to stand above the fray because there is nothing to attack.

    October 19, 2011 03:56 am at 3:56 am |
  7. Marie MD

    You sure this isn't another one of his jokes?

    October 19, 2011 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  8. T'sah from Virginia

    The PAC should be named, "CainIsNotAbleToPAC... Here we go – another Sarah Palin. Cain's main goal is to sell his book and he is on his way on PAC money.

    I really believe that the RIGHT have "dumb-bells" hanging from their ears. Cain is making up his campaign as he goes along and really NOT doing a great job. Oh well!

    Obama 2012

    October 19, 2011 06:40 am at 6:40 am |