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The Irony of Joe Ricketts

Joe Ricketts, the founder of TD Ameritrade (and part of the Chicago Cubs ownership) is donating lots and lots of money this campaign season through his super PAC.

He recently spent $200,000 on an ad to defend U.S. Senate candidate Deb Fischer (R-Neb) against an attack ad by her opponent Bob Kerrey.  This brings Ricketts’ total to almost $700,000 in this race.  And the Nebraska Senate race is small potatoes compared to what Ricketts has spent on the Presidential race – almost $10 million, with likely more to come.

I’ll try my best to leave politics out of this post – Ricketts earned his millions and can spend them any way he damn well pleases.  If he wants to try to impact/influence/purchase an election, that is his right under the current set of super PAC rules, as enacted by the Supreme Court.  Maybe Ricketts really like Deb Fischer.  Maybe he believes it is an investment – that he’ll make all of that money back with Fischer and/or Romney in office.  Who knows?  That’s not how I’d chose to spend $10 million dollars, but again, it’s not my money to spend.

And don’t go thinking this is some partisan rant against big spending Republicans.  You better believe that there is somebody on the other side spending the same amount of money to get Kerrey elected and reelect President Obama.

But the reason I bring this up is the sick, twisted punchline that is ripe for the picking.  Joe Ricketts’ super PAC has a name that is painfully ironic considering everything above:

Ending Spending

Seriously.

I couldn’t make that up if I tried.

10 Things Deb Fischer Will Do Before Rejecting Super PAC Ads

Democratic Nebraska Senate candidate Bob Kerrey has called on Republican Deb Fischer to sign a pledge to not to use super PAC monies in their Senate campaigns.  According to Nebraska.Watchdog.org, about $2 million has been spent by conservative super PACs (specifically American Crossroads and Americans for Prosperity) with much more sure to come over the next three months.

I think this is a good idea by Kerrey.  Almost all super PAC ads are misleading, slanted, or are outright lies – both sides.  Most voters have no idea which people (or corporations) are pumping the money into these funds with patriotic names – or what those people/corporations will ask for in return when their candidate is elected/purchased.

I also think this is a PR stunt by Kerrey, as we’re more likely to see 8″ of snow tonight (current temp:  99 degrees) than a candidate-requested decrease in super PAC attack ads.

Here are 10 things Deb Fischer’s campaign will do before agreeing to reject super PAC spending:

10.  Refer to Kerrey as “Nebraska Bob”.

9.  Propose a tax on Husker fans.

8.  Admit that she was jealous of Debra Winger in the 1980s.

7.  Promise to vote for anything supported by President Obama.

6.  Give up her federal grazing subsidies.

5.  Appear in a campaign ad wearing Pete Rickett’s red stocking cap.

4.  Allow Deb to be tagged in those pictures from the 2009 Unicam Christmas Party.

3.  Run from Nebraska’s Third District as a Democrat.

2.  Wait for hell to freeze over.

1. Agree to a debate with Bob Kerrey.

 

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