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Postby Brian » Wed Oct 28, 2020 5:05 pm

Haven't looked into it but it would make sense for him to give money to local Chicago politicians, and they're all going to be Democrats.
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Postby WrigleyField 22 » Wed Oct 28, 2020 5:06 pm

Brian wrote:Haven't looked into it but it would make sense for him to give money to local Chicago politicians, and they're all going to be Democrats.

Yea, I think Reinsdorf is probably way more of a relationship builder (greasing some palms along the way) than a pure partisan hack, even if he's almost certainly conservative from a fiscal standpoint.
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Re: The Ricketts family sucks in all kinds of ways

Postby Brian » Wed Oct 28, 2020 5:20 pm

Ok, looking only in 2020 Jerry gave to these Democrats

Brad Schneider - US Rep in Northern suburbs
Charlie Crist - US Rep in Tampa area
Greg Stanton -US Rep in Phoenix area
Anthony Brindisi - US Rep in New York in area between Albany and Buffalo

All incumbents, I'm guessing he probably has houses in some or all of those places.

John Hickenlooper - running for Senate in Colorado

That was in January so he may have really not liked someone in the Dem. Primary? He donated to Hickenlooper's Republican opponent Gardner after this donation.

Dick Durbin


Also donated $100,000.00 to Illinois Democrats for Change in January.
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Postby Brian » Wed Oct 28, 2020 5:34 pm

Ok, that 100K to Illinois Democrats for Change is a front That is the only money they took in, and it all (outside of administrative fees) was paid to "Curve Consutling"
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Re: The Ricketts family sucks in all kinds of ways

Postby Bear Cub » Thu Oct 29, 2020 10:27 am

How much have the Ricketts family given to the Republicans?
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Postby Sammy Sofa » Thu Oct 29, 2020 11:38 am

Bear Cub wrote:How much have the Ricketts family given to the Republicans?


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CaliforniaRaisin wrote:PTR



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Re: The Ricketts family sucks in all kinds of ways

Postby UMFan83 » Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:23 pm

Forgotmyoldlogin wrote:https://twitter.com/therecount/status/1346525695879614467?s=21


I mean does he realize that part of the reason for vaccinating as many people as possible is to make it difficult for the virus to spread? Are you sure this is the best time to stick it to undocumented workers?
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Postby squally1313 » Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:52 pm

UMFan83 wrote:
Forgotmyoldlogin wrote:https://twitter.com/therecount/status/1346525695879614467?s=21


I mean does he realize that part of the reason for vaccinating as many people as possible is to make it difficult for the virus to spread? Are you sure this is the best time to stick it to undocumented workers?


He doesn't care. No one he associates with knows anyone who will ever come in close contact with that group of people, and they are (I assume) much less likely to show up and get tested anyways, so they won't make his numbers look any worse in the short run.

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Postby CubinNY » Tue Jan 05, 2021 11:58 pm

I will not spend another dollar to support this family.
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Postby UMFan83 » Thu Jan 28, 2021 6:22 pm

https://defector.com/the-ricketts-kids- ... heir-toys/

Nothing new here but a good writeup about why the Ricketts family sucks in all kinds of ways

(if you dont subscribe to defector and cant get the article to load, use a private browser)
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Postby Sammy Sofa » Thu Jan 28, 2021 7:38 pm

UMFan83 wrote:https://defector.com/the-ricketts-kids-dont-know-how-to-care-for-their-toys/

Nothing new here but a good writeup about why the Ricketts family sucks in all kinds of ways

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In 2019 I sorted through thousands of pages of emails and documents from Joe’s inbox in order to write a story about how the family came to acquire the Chicago Cubs for just under $1 billion. Those documents revealed a lot about how the family operates, but two things stuck out to me: 1) Tom, Todd, Laura, and Pete own the Chicago Cubs in the same way a schoolchild “owns” a lollipop that their daddy bought them, and 2) the siblings are absolutely as petty and vain as you probably imagined they would be.

On the first point, it should be made clear that the Ricketts kids did not purchase the Cubs with any of their own money. $450 million of the $845 million purchase price was met through debt financing, and the rest was paid for through the liquidation of various trust funds that Joe had established for his children with his TD Ameritrade fortune. The Cubs are quite literally an expensive gift that Joe purchased for his children, and even though the family has gone to great lengths to explain that Joe is not the team’s principal owner and is not involved in the day-to-day operations of the team, there’s no getting around the fact that his wealth and influence made the purchase possible. Joe’s email inbox revealed that he was kept very much in the loop throughout the negotiating process leading up to the sale, and he continued to receive regular updates about the Cubs’ financial situation well after his children took over stewardship of the team.


But things have changed since the siblings gathered on the field to pose with the World Series trophy in 2016. The Cubs looked like they were on the cusp of establishing a dynasty after winning the title, went on to underachieve, and are now embarking on a totally unnecessary and cynical rebuilding phase. Once so concerned about the glory that would come from owning the Cubs and who would get to share in it, the siblings now seem more concerned with playacting as Serious Business Kids who have to make sober decisions in order to secure financial stability for the priceless baseball team. Who needs a second World Series trophy when you can instead put together a healthy financial report to show to daddy?

Almost as soon as the Cubs’ championship rings were handed out, Tom started making noises about the team’s payroll being bloated. For the last few years it seems like it has been impossible for him to speak in public without mentioning how heavily the team’s finances were weighing on him, and he eventually admitted that he was treating MLB’s luxury tax threshold as a de facto salary cap. Things got so bad that Tom was booed at a January 2020 fan festival. It shouldn’t be possible for anyone to squander the goodwill that comes from ending a 108-year title drought, but the Ricketts managed to do so in just four years. And those boos rained down before Theo Epstein left the team, before Yu Darvish and Kyle Schwarber were offloaded in salary dumps, and before reports about Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras getting traded started to intensify.

The Ricketts’ dad handed them one of the most prestigious sports franchises in the world, and it seems to have taken them just about a decade to lose interest in it, or at least to make it just another joyless prize in their endless and bottomlessly petty intra-family squabbles. They got their renovated ballpark, their little real estate fiefdom, their championship banner, and all the fawning press coverage that came with delivering the Cubs to the mountaintop. But what comes after all that, when the glow has faded and it’s time to get on with the work of owning a baseball team? The Ricketts are answering that question by peevishly cutting costs and beginning to treat their plaything—which, again, is an American institution beloved by millions of people—like an actual business. This makes them the worst kind of silver spooners: the kids who get a shiny new toy from dad whenever they want, and then decide they only really want to play with it once.


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Postby Banedon » Fri Jan 29, 2021 12:53 am

Gordo encouraging the Ricketts to sell.

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Postby CubinNY » Fri Jan 29, 2021 1:44 am

UMFan83 wrote:https://defector.com/the-ricketts-kids-dont-know-how-to-care-for-their-toys/

Nothing new here but a good writeup about why the Ricketts family sucks in all kinds of ways

(if you dont subscribe to defector and cant get the article to load, use a private browser)

So good. I could practically hear Palpatine, “let the hate flow through you”, when I read it.
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Postby d_money » Fri Jan 29, 2021 1:50 am

The Ricketts family has quickly turned into a bad version of the McCaskey family.
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Postby Derwood » Fri Jan 29, 2021 1:56 am

d_money wrote:The Ricketts family has quickly turned into a bad version of the McCaskey family.


The McCaskey family is the bad version of the McCaskey family
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Re: The Ricketts family sucks in all kinds of ways

Postby seanimal » Fri Jan 29, 2021 3:37 am

i don't think we'll get rid of the ricketts but maybe attendance will crater deep enough and subscriptions to marquee will be low enough that they'll have no choice but to try
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Postby CubinNY » Fri Jan 29, 2021 4:54 pm

seanimal wrote:i don't think we'll get rid of the ricketts but maybe attendance will crater deep enough and subscriptions to marquee will be low enough that they'll have no choice but to try

We can dream, but I don't see that happening.
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Postby ConstableRabbit » Sun Jan 31, 2021 4:55 pm

David wrote:https://twitter.com/brad_dickson/status/1355525690368675841?s=19

Nebraska is top 10 in share of population fully vaccinated against Covid 19. It’s bottom 15 in share of population that died from Covid 19. Nebraska has the lowest or second lowest unemployment rate in the country depending on month. The Ricketts family, including Pete, have some issues, but how Nebraska is handling their Covid response is pretty far down the list when compared to other states.
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Postby minnesotacubsfan » Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:44 pm

ConstableRabbit wrote:
David wrote:https://twitter.com/brad_dickson/status/1355525690368675841?s=19

Nebraska is top 10 in share of population fully vaccinated against Covid 19. It’s bottom 15 in share of population that died from Covid 19. Nebraska has the lowest or second lowest unemployment rate in the country depending on month. The Ricketts family, including Pete, have some issues, but how Nebraska is handling their Covid response is pretty far down the list when compared to other states.


lets be fair, outside of Omaha and Lincoln, social distancing isn't an issue. Nebraska isn't out of the woods just yet, esp Omaha
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Re: The Ricketts family sucks in all kinds of ways

Postby Sammy Sofa » Sun Mar 07, 2021 12:45 am

HURRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR THEY'RE TRYING TO CANCEL MY MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEATS

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