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

Lake Forest resident blames Supreme Court ruling for making Ricketts' $10 million soft money advertising plan possible.

Shoppers at Deerfield Square 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.

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, Ricketts backed off some of the more controversial parts of the proposal.

Leslie Gordon of Lake Forest put a more intellectual spin on Ricketts’ plan to let his money control the outcome of the election. He blamed the Citizens United case decided by the U.S. 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.”

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

Anne Boguslavsky, of Deerfield, found herself less conflicted. “It’s sacrilegious,” she said of the idea. “It’s an abomination.”

Lou Zale, also of Deerfield, was equally unhappy 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 social leanings be known. “I would like to see the bottom third doing better than they are now.”

However, Zale’s loyalty to the Cubs remains steadfast. He remembers taking the el train 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.

Dan MacKinney May 18, 2012 at 05:32 PM
How much money are some tycoons spending on behalf of the Obama campaign and are people only upset that Ricketts is doing this? There is no one who is happy that he's doing it?
Jose May 18, 2012 at 10:16 PM
OBAMA GET A--- D---- FOR IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT....IS SO OBVIOUS WHY BUSINESS OWNERS LOVE OBAMA AND LOVE ILLEGALS SO MUCH..THEY WORK FOR MINIMUM WAGES--NO INSURANCES, TAX PAYERS PAY FOR THEIR MEDICAL COST...OTHER THAN THAT , OBAMA GETS A ---B---. FROM ME..
Joe May 19, 2012 at 02:04 AM
I support Mr Ricketts rights to spend his money the way he wants to. Now would these liberals have the same response if Ricketts was spending $10 million to blast Romney?
Donny May 20, 2012 at 12:30 PM
A Cubs fan AND he supports Obama? How many losers can one guy like anyway? HA!
william w meyer iii May 24, 2012 at 04:34 AM
That "Hope and Change " working for you Cub fans too? If this inept,derisive,fiscally irresponsible statist isn't voted out of office we won't even have the capacity to support the candidate of our choice.Four more years of class warfare,central planning,disregard of our Constitution,and 5 trillion dollars more of debt is more than my children can bear. If you don't like it(freedom),I hear Greece is hiring. and punishment of private sector success, and 5 trillion more of debt is not

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