Cain raises more than $400k in one day; supporters call allegations 'high-tech' lynching
November 1st, 2011
10:40 PM ET
11 years ago

Cain raises more than $400k in one day; supporters call allegations 'high-tech' lynching

Washington (CNN) – Herman Cain's campaign says it raised more than $400,000 on Monday, a "clear vote of confidence from his supporters," after the story broke alleging he had been accused of sexual harassment while head of the National Restaurant Association.

"In the last 24 hours, the Friends of Herman Cain campaign has had the single best day of fundraising since the start of the campaign," Mark Block, Cain's chief of staff, said Tuesday night.

Block said Monday's donations, both online and by phone, doubled the normal daily average in Cain's campaign to become the Republican presidential nominee.

Meanwhile, a so-called Super PAC, or political action committee supporting Cain but independent of the campaign, on Tuesday sent an e-mail fundraising solicitation in light of the accusations, first reported by Politico and vehemently denied by the businessman. In the request, the group Americans for Herman Cain uses language sure to fire up the conservative base. "The left is trying to destroy Herman Cain, just like they did to Clarence Thomas. They are engaging in a 'high-tech' lynching by smearing his reputation and attacking his character."

Conservatives from Rush Limbaugh to Ann Coulter have used the reporting of the accusations as a way to attack both the media and liberals, although it is not known who leaked the information about the alleged incidents.

Cain told Fox News on Tuesday night that he is someone "Democrats, liberals do not want to get the nomination."

When asked if he thought being a strong black conservative contributed to the accusations coming up now, he said yes and added, "But we do not have any evidence to support it."

In its solicitation, the political action committee also said it believed race was a factor.

"Let's stand up against those who would like to take down any black man who stands up for conservative values."

With Cain leading the most recent Des Moines Register poll in Iowa, it is clear the Cain camp and its backers want to make sure these allegations don't dent his support. The political action committee, which said it has already seen a spike in donations but refused to give details, said it will use money raised to make 1 million phone calls to potential caucus attendees in the state.

Steve Grubbs, a veteran political organizer in Iowa who is the volunteer chairman for the Cain campaign in the state, said he was not sure what the reaction would be among Iowa Cain supporters when the story broke. But so far, he said he has not seen any dent. He said he signed up 40 precinct chairmen on Monday, a major jump from Friday.

"It certainly was an early indication our people are sticking with us," Grubbs said.

He said the attacks on the story by conservative leaders have been a boost. "That helps us as well in the field and on the ground," Grubbs said.

He also said so far Cain is getting support from conservatives in the state, although it is important for the candidate to get back to touting his economic message when he can.

"Most voters still remember the Clarence Thomas issue," Grubbs said.

While Cain has been criticized for not going recently to the key early voting states, such as Iowa, Grubbs said the campaign's infrastructure, which is key in such a caucus state, is being built. Four paid staffers are now on the payroll.

Cain is tentatively expected to make a visit to Iowa before the end of November.

"Yes we need him in Iowa," Grubbs said.

Voters there want to meet personally with the presidential candidates.

Grubbs said Cain's ability to quickly deal with the allegations this week in more professional settings, such as well-lit interviews rather than standing outside a factory, was helpful for him in Iowa as well as nationally because he was able to get his message out, despite those appearances being dominated by questions on the accusations.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Joe

    Just as in the case of Clarence Thomas, they play the race card to hide the truth. Where's there's smoke, there's fire.

    November 1, 2011 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  2. try

    no race card game people, bill clinton went through it with jeanefor flower, was that a race?

    November 1, 2011 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  3. Thinker

    Chump change for Ron Paul. He raised 6 million in a day. Just so you all know.

    November 1, 2011 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  4. Larry L

    He's going down... You can't really buy your way out of sexual harrassment charges when the press discovers the facts.

    November 1, 2011 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  5. Harry From Pa

    Wow, all these comments are Rascist, I'm mixed but to use my race as an excuse for anything is pathetic. What is sad is running for an office, people don't think their personal life is not going to be under a microscope. Everyone knows this. What is bad is when you make a gaffe about I don't have any knowledge on anything of the sort and on the same day you would remember. I mean if it was against you you would know about it especially if your company has to pay out on

    November 1, 2011 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  6. Jovanni

    Sure, talk about the 400k Cain got from his supporters in one day, yet lets not discuss the 2.7 Million dollars Dr. Paul made in less than 3 days.

    November 2, 2011 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  7. MarineWill

    I'm confused. Aren't conservatives usually yelling "don't play the race card"? I guess that only applies to a non-conservatives. This guy was never a serious contender for the republican nomination, much less the the general election. As a black man, I don't support anyone playing the race card when they're caught doing something wrong...right or left. You did this as a man, don't try to label yourself black to try to get out of it.

    November 2, 2011 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  8. Chris

    So he raised $400,000 in a day. Ron Paul doubled that in one day and we didn't hear about it. Why didn't it get coverage?

    November 2, 2011 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  9. John

    You cover Mr. Flip/Flopper raising 400K in one day but nothing on Ron Paul raising 2.5mill in 24 hours? No, you'd rather contort Ron Paul's argument that government subsidies of student loans have inflated the price of tuition as a loony remark. Thanks Lame stream media, Your part of the problem!

    November 2, 2011 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  10. Eli

    This boost in fundraising has little to do with the scandal being "smear tactics" or a "witch hunt" or a "high tech lynching" (whatever that is) and a lot more to do with the type of people to whom Herman Cain's message appeals. People that consider workplace gender equality liberal mumbo-jumbo and requiring civil workplace interactions (and yes, appropriate comments) to be a conspiracy perpetrated by the PC police.

    November 2, 2011 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  11. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    "High Tech Lynching"? Can't they be more original? The fact is, Cain and Thomas both have a history of ethical lapses...

    November 2, 2011 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  12. Greg

    A whole $400k? Wow, Amazing. That's about 1/7th of what Ron Paul can raise in a single day from small donations averaging around $54

    Cain is done anyway

    November 2, 2011 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  13. Bryan

    I kinda doubt that this story was leaked by a liberal. It seems more likely to me that the Republican establishment had something to do with this. I'm sure most liberals wouldn't mind having Cain as Obama's opponent in 2012. The Republican establishment, however doesn't want Mr. Romney to lose to an extremist and political neophyte.

    On another note, Anne Coulter and Rush Limbaugh? Yikes.

    November 2, 2011 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  14. BB

    Thats true infact its not a high tech lynching its the lowest lynching it can ever go!! how many times do men give sincere compliments to the ladies! if all goes accusing men for sexual harrasment then all men will be found guilty on that!

    November 2, 2011 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  15. kat

    Come on... Cain is good and much better than BHO, but we have to consider who can win ... and I don't think that's Cain we need someone with a little common sense and a little business sense to bring us out of this mess.. Sure we have better options, but anyone is better than the clown we havw now.

    November 2, 2011 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  16. vernelleburkins

    Go home let obama do his thing dont u have some women 2 flatter?

    November 2, 2011 04:20 am at 4:20 am |
  17. penel9

    I do like Herman Cain and a lot. In fact, I hope he goes so far that this 53 y/o white Republican upper-middle-class woman with a graduate degree from LSU living in central Louisiana gets a chance to vote for him. But he's absolutely got to smarten up his campaign, be honest, toughen his skin, prepare to debate Newt and for God's sake don't use the "lynchin' card" or align with those who do.

    November 2, 2011 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
  18. Meki60

    Cain is the man. The SH charges are a scheme by the Dems to slander Cain because he is rising 'out of the box' that the Dems feel all blacks must be in to succeed. People, don't let the media fool you. Support Cain, he can easily beat Obama.

    November 2, 2011 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  19. Clwyd

    What a sick comment on the intelligence and stupidity of the American voting public!

    November 2, 2011 07:52 am at 7:52 am |