A few months later, it's the same story, as TPM found out when we caught up with Block at the National Press Club Tuesday night ahead of Cain's response on behalf of the Tea Party Express to President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address. TPM asked when we could expect to see the results of that investigation.
"Soon," Block said.
Any specific timeframe?
"Soon," he repeated.
Block also wouldn't say who's running the probe, though we might be able to figure that out once the Cain campaign publishes its campaign finance data, due to the Federal Election Commission by Jan. 31.
In theory, the Cain campaign's own probe of the donations wouldn't end the matter, as the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint with the FEC in early November. But the results of that investigation could be months or years down the road.
Meanwhile, Cain and Block are touring the country on behalf of Cain's super PAC, an entity which also wouldn't have to disclose its financial backers until Jan. 31.