Thursday, May 17, 2012

Wait A Minute!

The Joe Ricketts that is behind a planned smear campaign of President Obama (see NY Times)  is part of the Ricketts family that also owns the Chicago Cubs?  This is the same Ricketts family looking for money to fix their baseball stadium in Chicago?????


Chicago Mayor and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is "livid" over a proposed $10 million ad campaign funded by TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts that would tie President Barack Obama to his former pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

"The Mayor was livid when he read that the Ricketts were going to launch a $10 million campaign against President Obama -- with the type of racially motivated ads that are insulting to the President and the Presidential Campaign,” an Emanuel aide told the Chicago Sun-Times. "He is also livid with their blatant hypocrisy."

....The Ricketts family owns the Chicago Cubs, and Joe's son Tom is chairman of the team. The bombshell report couldn't come at a worse time for the Ricketts, who are seeking public funds to renovate 98-year-old Wrigley Field. Emanuel has a plan to use amusement tax revenues and other incentives to pay for the renovations to the park, which did not have night lights until 1988.

Emanuel is reportedly refusing to take the Ricketts' calls..... 

Joe Ricketts is the founder of TD Ameritrade (AMTD) and owns, according to public records at Yahoo Finance, millions of shares of stock.

Once again, we see the greedy, wealthy, far right millionaires using their money to attack President Obama.  We should not give one more cent to TD Ameritrade, or other companies that use their money to fund anti-Progressive, anti-Obama, and anti-worker agendas.

If you are looking for sources to research a company, you can visit OpenSecrets or purchase a guide like The Blue Pages: A Directory of Companies Rated by Their Politics and Practices.  I use my copy of The Blue Pages constantly.

To the those people trying to get a handout for their stadium while they simultaneously attempt to attack President Obama:  Don't count on it!

If you'd like to send a message to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, visit this City of Chicago "contact page" to send your comments on the Ricketts request for a new stadium.