Herman Cain has recently come under scrutiny for his ties to Americans for Prosperity. The organization is known for advocating a free market system with lower taxes and less government spending. The lobbying group is well-known in the United States as a fiscally conservative voice for Americans everywhere.
Here is a look at Americans for Prosperity, by the numbers.
1.8 million: Members AFP has, according to the group's website. The key to the group's activism is ordinary citizens who organize speeches, events and have letter writing campaigns.
90,000: People who donate to Americans for Prosperity. Donors and members come from all 50 states.
34: state chapters in Americans for Prosperity. States from Florida to Alaska host chapters across the nation to address local issues with politicians. Although Americans for Prosperity is a nationwide organization, it works with state and local officials to get the message across.
32: Stops on the "Cut Spending Now Tour " going in the U.S. this month. The tour started Oct. 4 in Washington and wraps Oct. 28 in New Hampshire.
19: States the tour stops in along its route. Florida gets five stops. Many places the tour visits are football games, state fairs and smaller cities.
169: Dollars it takes to get you into the "Defending the American Dream Summit " in Washington. The three-day event features Cain as a speaker in addition to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
14.5 million: Dollars donated to Americans for Prosperity in 2008, according to Politico. The group was founded in 2004 and quickly started earning money and donations.
156 million: Dollars AFP plans to raise for the 2012 election alongside the group FreedomWorks. Both organizations will be vocal in the 2012 congressional election.
363,000: Dollars Americans for Prosperity paid its president in 2010. The entire organization's payroll comes to $5.4 million.
5: Years in a row the "Defending the American Dream Summit" has been held. This year's event includes a tribute to Ronald Reagan in the centennial year of his birth.
111 million: Dollars AFP hopes to raise in 2011 and 2012. Much of that money will go toward advertising, commercials and communications in an upcoming election year. Rather than support one candidate with endorsements, Americans for Prosperity attacks Democrats and has anti-tax messages in its campaigns. The election season in 2012 will probably be the busiest yet for the organization.
William Browning is a research librarian.
- Americans for Prosperity