Pro-Cain group attacks media over controversy
November 4th, 2011
08:36 AM ET
11 years ago

Pro-Cain group attacks media over controversy

Washington (CNN) - An independent group dedicated to helping Herman Cain win the GOP presidential nomination is up with a web video that defends the Republican presidential candidate against allegations of sexual harassment.

The web video, by a super political action committee called the "9-9-9 Fund," includes clips of conservative hosts, including Rush Limbaugh, blaming the mainstream media for attacking a black conservative like Cain. The video uses television clips of liberal pundits attacking Cain as well as the famous clip of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas calling his grilling during his confirmation hearings two decades ago "a high-tech lynching, and ends with the on-screen message, "Don't let the left do it again."

A spokesman for the superPAC tells CNN that a shorter version of the video will run as a paid commercial on Iowa TV starting next week and that his group will also blast out automated calls in Iowa and Nevada with the same message.

Iowa's January 3 caucuses kick off the primary and caucus calendar. Nevada is now scheduled to be the fifth state to weigh in on the battle for the nomination, holding its caucus on February 4.

The 9-9-9 Fund was launched last month to aid Cain's candidacy in the early voting states. The superPAC is run by Republican campaign veteran Jordan Gehrke.

Under Federal Election Commission rules, a "superPAC" can accept unlimited donations but must report its contributors and cannot coordinate with a candidate's campaign. Other GOP presidential candidates, including former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, as well as President Barack Obama, have superPACs established by former aides to help in their fundraising efforts.

Cain's sexual harassment controversy was ignited Sunday by a report on the political website Politico which alleged that two female employees at the National Restaurant Association accused Cain of inappropriate behavior during his tenure as head of the organization in the late 1990s. Cain calls the allegations fabricated and baseless.

- CNN Senior Political Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.

- Follow Paul Steinhauser on Twitter: @PSteinhauserCNN


Also see:

Has Cain controversy hurt him in the polls?

Perry:  Our campaign didn't have anything to do with it

Lawyer for Cain accuser hopes to release statement Friday

Filed under: 2012 • Clarence Thomas • Herman Cain
soundoff (258 Responses)
  1. dave

    224 comments and only a couple of original thoughts. One from the liberal side just repeated over and over again. refreshing to see a couple comments of wait and see especially the one asking why she took the money. The rest are just blaaa blaaa blaaa, yea you libs are like a heard of cattle,,one leads,,,the rest blindly follow. You only have to get one hog up the shoot and the rest load themselves and then they are all off to the slaughter,,,,and the crowd goes wild LOL

    November 4, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  2. Numyorangay

    “I am the Koch brothers’ brother from another mother. Yes, I’m their brother from another mother, and proud of it.” As he said so, David Koch, beaming, stood up and pumped his fists in the air.

    November 5, 2011 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  3. Numyorangay

    Yeah he's like Clarence, they both belong on a box of rice.

    November 5, 2011 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  4. Anthony

    "Don't let the left do it again." What? In case everyone missed it, Herman Cain already know who has done this to him - the Rick Perry campaign! This is going to get really embarrassing for white Republicans when Ann Coulter keep saying "our blacks are better than their blacks" and everyone knows that Demarcates did do this to Mr. Cain. It was just a matter of time before racist in Mr. Perry's camp started showing their true nature. They can't stand that a black man is beating them so badly in the polls. They can accept that Mitt Rommey is beating them but Mr. Cain angers them so much, they have to try to totally destroy the man.

    November 5, 2011 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  5. bjn72

    is it me or do clarence thomas and hermain cain look like each other and be related to one another

    November 5, 2011 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  6. Eric

    What a bunch of dumb left wing ranting! First off, these ladies are refusing to come forward with details. Accusations are a dime a dozen. I can accuse anyone of anything. That doesnt make it true! And these cries of republicans not taking responsibility for their own actions??? LOL, yeah, to repeat an old addage... That is the pot calling the kettle black!

    Man I knew libtards were intellectually bankrupt, but damn...

    November 5, 2011 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
  7. James

    Who has the answers ?

    Tough task whoever wins.

    Have a nice one...

    November 5, 2011 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  8. shelbyanne

    IAll the republicans have lost their minds. They attack the president 24/7 but are going bananas because the news reported an old fart harassing women. Cain is a monster. The moron doesn't even know China had nukes. f you nasty republicans. Eat it.

    November 5, 2011 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
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