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The real Herman Cain problem

Looks like the indiscretions that are more likely to sink Herman Cain are these financial allegations, and not sexual harassment settlements. But I will say this one-two punch has opposition research written all over it — Mittens, or Rove working on his behalf? Either way, reporters will seize on this because it’s a much more straightforward story:

Early in his candidacy, Herman Cain may have accepted tens of thousands of dollars in goods and services for his campaign from a tax-exempt organization founded by his top aide, documents from the organization show, raising the prospect of serious violations of tax and election law by both Mr. Cain’s campaign and the organization.

The documents suggest that the nonprofit organization, Prosperity USA, effectively subsidized some early costs of his presidential bid, paying for computer equipment, charter planes and air travel for Mr. Cain or the aide, Mark Block, who is his chief of staff.

Such expenditures would violate federal election and campaign laws, which prohibit tax-exempt groups from engaging in any political activity or contributing to election campaigns, a major problem for Mr. Cain. He spent much of Monday fending off accusations that he had sexually harassed two former employees of a trade association he once led.

The nonprofit’s internal documents cite costs “due from FOH” — apparently short for Friends of Herman Cain, the name of Mr. Cain’s presidential campaign committee — during late December 2010 and January 2011. Those costs include thousands of dollars in travel expenses to Iowa, Louisiana, Las Vegas and Houston for “travel and meetings.” An additional $3,764 was owed for iPads.

“If they are supporting his campaign, whether directly or indirectly, they are violating the law,” said Lawrence H. Norton, an election lawyer at Womble Carlyle and a former general counsel of the Federal Election Commission.

The documents were obtained and posted online by The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which reported on the discrepancies on Monday. A spokesman for Mr. Cain did not reply to an e-mail seeking comment, and a lawyer listed on Prosperity USA’s incorporation papers did not return a phone call.

Mama Roux

Dr. John:

Officer Friendly

Tom Tomorrow.

Frankenmitt

Saw this at Occupy Philly today:

You see?

Even though we won’t do the thing you want us to do
, you’re discriminating against us by not hiring us to do it.

Ciss Strut Look A Py Py

The Meters:

The Original Meters – Ciss Strut Look A Py Py – Voodoo Experience 2011 from Voodoo Experience on Vimeo.

If I have to be alone

Todd Rundgren:

I saw the light

Todd and Daryl:

Halloween night

Walk Like an Egyptian, The Bangles.

See What A Love Can Do, Grin.

Give Me Another Chance, Big Star.

I Don’t Want To Talk About It, Crazy Horse.

Forgive What Has Been, Gina Kaz.

Halloween in St. Petersburg

This is all in my brother’s neighborhood – and I have to say, I thought he was exaggerating:

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