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Deerfield Residents Blast Cubs’ Owner’s Plan to Defeat Obama

Shoppers at Deerfield Square sound off on $10 million soft money advertising plan.

Shoppers at were not ready to abandon their loyalty to the Chicago Cubs over owner Joe Ricketts’ plans to spend $10 million to finance an effort to produce negative advertising criticizing President Barack Obama.

The same people expressed anger that one person, in this case Ricketts, would spend so much money to affect the outcome of the Presidential election by purchasing advertising at the time of the Democratic Convention in September attacking the President.

The controversy broke Thursday morning when the New York Times published a story disclosing the plan hatched between Ricketts and Republican political professionals. Later Thursday, Rickets backed off some of the more controversial parts of the proposal.

Lou Zale of Deerfield was not happy with the idea. "It’s a shame Mr. Ricketts feels he can affect the outcome of the election with his money,” Zale said. He was quick to let his political leanings be known. “I would like to see the bottom third doing better than they are now.”

When it comes to his loyalty to the Cubs, that will not change for a person who remembers taking the El from his home on the west side of Chicago to Wrigley Field as a boy.

“I have fond memories of ditching school to go to Wrigley Field when there were 7,000 people in the stands and there were only 16 teams,” he said.

Jacob Deleon of Northbrook found himself in more of a dilemma after learning about Rickets’ idea. “I’m conflicted,” he said. “I’m a Cubs fan but I support President Obama.”

Scott Rush of Deerfield had little problem with feelings for the Cubs but did not like the idea of one person having so much influence on the election.

“I grew up in Cleveland. I’m an Indians fan,” Rush said. “I do not like the idea Ricketts can affect the outcome of the election. It should be done by all Americans.”

Leslie Gordon put a more intellectual spin on Ricketts plan to let his money control the outcome of the election. He blames the Citizens United case decided by the United States Supreme Court which loosened rules on political donations.

“This all started with Citizens United where people and corporations can give unlimited contributions,” Gordon said. “It lets corporate dollars buy an election.”

Anne Boguslavsky of Deerfield had some strong words for Ricketts. “It’s sacrilegious,” she said. “It’s an abomination.”

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Joe Nelson May 19, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Do people think this is new or something? This happens all the time in sports and most of the time they are actually donations to Liberals and the information doesn't get out because the media doesn't care. But when the media finds out that an owner is donating for a Republican, that crosses the line. I just don't get it. Also, as many people previously have mentioned, I don't get either why the government provides money to sports teams to build stadiums and all that. There is a difference between private-sector businesses and public-sector businesses and they should be seperated. Also, to the people who are saying that the Supreme Court was wrong, and I personally think that if somebody wants to donate money, let them donate the money no matter how much it is. Obama has raised so much money and I don't see anybody complaining about that. Many large businesses and Universities have donates hundreds of thousands and dollars, and millions of dollars to Obama. Some of those including: JP Morgan Chase, Citi, Time Warner, University of California, Harvard, Stanford, Colombia University, IBM, General Electric, and Morgan Stanley. That all shows that this is not uncommon! Just because people have a different political view than you and they can afford to make a difference does not make them bad people or anything. A few years ago I remember Derrick Rose going to support Obama. I didn't see anybody complaining about that. As long as it's legal it's fine.
RB May 19, 2012 at 11:39 AM
It's legal, and I guess hypocrisy is too. That's the issue here. The Ricketts ask for public money to finance Wrigley rehab, while owning a Super PAC that supposedly preaches fiscal responsibility (that's what they are saying when they claim they would never run the Wright ads because they are all about fiscal responsibility). You can't have your cake and eat it too.
Daniel Krudop May 19, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Things you find accidentally. I thought I'd see what other teams give to one party or the other and found: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/candidate-sports-team-support/story?id=16298070#1 "From 2009 through 2011, individuals associated with the Celtics have leaned heavily Democratic with 96 percent of the $212,150 they donated to political campaigns during that time going to Democrats. Romney has multiple ties to the Celtics. Besides being the former governor of their home state, Romney used to preside over Bain Capital, the company where Celtic's co-owner Stephen Pagliuca now serves as managing director. Pagliuca's $168,000 in political donations in the past three years made up the bulk of the Celtics partisan contributions. The co-owner has given the maximum not only to President Obama's re-election campaign ($5,000), but also to the Democratic National Committee ($30,800) and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ($30,800)." Hmmm, imagine that, the current managing director of Bain Capital giving maximum support to President Obama, the DCCC, and the DNC. Makes one wonder if he might have done some bundling also. I haven't heard any of that in democratic campaign commercials smearing Bain Capital. I guess they cleaned up their act.
Daniel Krudop May 19, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Guess I was wrong about Bain Capital cleaning up their act. Found this on their website: "Stephen Pagliuca, Managing Director Experience: Mr. Pagliuca joined Bain Capital in 1989 as a Managing Director. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Pagliuca was a Vice President at Bain & Company where he managed client relationships in the information services and healthcare industries. Mr. Pagliuca was also involved in developing Bain & Company's turnaround practice. Previously, Mr. Pagliuca worked as a senior accountant and international tax specialist at Peat Marwick Mitchell & Company in the Netherlands." Note, "Mr. Pagliuca was also involved in developing Bain & Company's turnaround practice." This is the practice that the Democratic campaign ads are so upset about. I guess they could give Mr. Pagliuca credit for the tens of thousands of jobs Bain Capital "created or saved" as at Staples, Guitar Center (including jobs in Highland Park), and many other companies; while blaming Mr. Romney for the hundreds of jobs that were lost in Bain Capitals' turnaround strategy.
Rusty Shackleford July 03, 2012 at 05:18 AM
I have a newfound respect for the Cubs owner. ANYONE BUT OBAMA in 2012!

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