"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.
Despite being embroiled in not one, but two scandals that threaten to undermine his presidential campaign, Republican frontrunner (flavor of the week?) Herman Cain hauled in over $400,000 for his campaign on Monday, according to the CNN political blog.
While the still developing sexual harassment scandal continues to suck all the air out of the room, a potentially more damaging scandal looms for Cain. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, "Herman Cain's two top campaign aides ran a private Wisconsin-based corporation that helped the GOP presidential candidate get his fledgling campaign off the ground by originally footing the bill for tens of thousands of dollars in expenses for such items as iPads, chartered flights and travel to Iowa and Las Vegas - something that might breach federal tax and campaign law, according to sources and documents."
From the Journal Sentinal story on Sunday: "If the records accurately reflect what occurred, this is way out of bounds," said a Washington, D.C.-based election lawyer who advises many Republican candidates and conservative groups on campaign issues. The lawyer asked not to be identified because of those affiliations.
While Cain has surged to the top of the Republican primary field, so has his fundraising. He raised over $3 million last month, and yesterday's sum shows that no scandal, or in this case, multiple scandals can keep the big money from flying around the 2012 presidential race.
The 2012 election is poised to be the most expensive in our history. And the fact that these scandals, including one that involves possible violations of the law, hasn't hurt, but in fact, helped Cain's fundraising, shows that it is likely to get worse before it gets better.