Herman Cain will address a gathering of conservative activists Friday afternoon when he appears at a summit hosted by Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit group known for its ties to the billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch.
Cain’s appearance will be something of a homecoming for the embattled presidential hopeful, whose connections to Americans for Prosperity have come under new scrutiny this week after it was revealed that an affiliated group may have illegally helped jump-start Cain’s presidential campaign.
The liberal watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a complaint Friday with the Federal Election Commission alleging that Mark Block, who is now Cain’s chief of staff, used funds raised by a nonprofit group that he founded to buy iPads and plane tickets to help Cain’s campaign get off the ground.
The group, Wisconsin-based Prosperity USA, was owned and operated by Block and Linda Hansen, who also now works for Cain’s campaign, according to this report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. If the allegation is true, the transactions could be considered illegal campaign contributions.