June 4, 2012

Gov. Walker Boosted By 11th Hour Donation From Joe Ricketts’s Son

Joe Ricketts pictured above. The Ricketts family is donating big to keep Scott Walker in office.

The Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election is coming down to the wire as embattled incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker’s campaign is outspending Democratic challenger Tom Barrett’s campaign 10-to-1.

62 percent of Walker’s campaign funds are coming from out of state, much of it from corporate executives that likely want to see labor unions dealt a punishing blow.

One of the largest last-minute donations to Walker comes from Todd M. Ricketts, an investment manager at Ram Investments in Illinois. Ricketts donated a whopping $25,000 on May 31st.

Todd is the son of Joe Ricketts, the multi-millionaire owner of the Chicago Cubs who reportedly considered launching a $10 million smear campaign against President Obama focusing on Obama’s ties to the Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

A further review of campaign donations shows that several members of the multimillionaire family donated to Walker’s re-election, chipping in $140,000 between January and March:

If Walker wins tomorrow, it may largely be because of the immense amount of cash he spent, much of it from out of state multimillionaires like the Ricketts family and other special interests.

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  • CatKinNY

    Will any of this penetrate what Bill Maher calls ‘the bubble’ in which Republicans live? Will ordinary Republican voters start to wonder why their candidates need billionaires to come in from out of state and dump millions of dollars into television ad blitzkriegs to win? Will they start to question whether what’s best for a billionaire is what’s best for them? As a group, they seem to be very supportive of voter suppression, since they understand that it helps their side, but it’s one thing to support the disenfranchisement of minorities and poor people – you can justify that to yourself using all kinds of rationalizations or even just admit to yourself that you don’t think they are as entitled to as much say in the running of this country as you are. But it would take some remarkable mental gymnastics to avoid at least a twinge of unease at the thought that you are dependant on billionaires to buy your elections for you, and it would take a remarkable degree of stupidity to not question, at least somewhere, deep down, whether this was actually good for you and your children.

  • Let’s hope the good people of Wisconsin have better judgment and kick this thug out instead of re-electing him. That would be not only a real disgrace but it would also open up the floodgates to the hell the Right Wingers have in store for the US. May the best man win.

  • I used to be in the Christian Right and I live in Kansas (“Brownbackistan”). I often write comments in the online newspaper trying to penetrate that very bubble from which I finally escaped. I also did not believe I was in a bubble. But I also didn’t have Fox News, Glenn Beck, and the Tea Party. The proliferation of the Jesus loves Ayn Rand philosophy was not yet manifest in a “populist” movement that now occupies Wall Street Washington. I woke up one day and found myself wondering if my political brethren were becoming part of a financed neo-fascist conspiracy to drown democracy while not even knowing what they were becoming. I’m sometimes amazed, sometimes amused, and sometimes distressed. When Scott Walker — a Koch-financed and -manipulated John Birch-type puppet — came blustering into his governor’s chair on a “divide and conquer” mission to pull the rug out from under unions, there was this weird smell of a kind of messianic zeal attached to a Machiavellian prince. It’s arguable, but I still think Occupy started in WI and was exacerbated by the Arab Spring. It did for me. But the 10 to 1 numbers here tell me what I feared when Citizens United became policy — the plan for one-party plutocratic rule in America may actually work.

    • cjons

      Thank you for coming to your senses Alan. Now work on your friends to get this death ship turned around before it sinks.

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  • Sometimes it’s just Nuts

    CHICAGO CUBS FANS…..your money has gone to fund a crooked Governor in a neighboring state. How about them apples. GO WHITE SOX!