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Anti-Hillary Ads From Cubs Ownership Funded Super PAC Air During NLCS

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts with Kevin Burkhardt of FOX.
Cubs owner Tom Ricketts with Kevin Burkhardt of FOX.

The Chicago Cubs are National League Champions for the first time since 1945, and during the decisive Game 6 that booked their ticket to the World Series, multiple anti–Hillary Clinton ads aired on the national FOX Sports 1 broadcast.

One advertisement that aired twice was funded by Future 45, a super PAC funded by the Ricketts family, who own the Chicago Cubs. Sheldon Adelson, the GOP mega-donor and casino tycoon, is also funding Future 45.

The Future 45 ad that aired during Game 6 portrayed Clinton as being anti-women due to money the advertisement claims the Clinton Foundation took from countries with strong anti-women values.

Future 45's YouTube includes spots that predictably invoke Benghazi and compare Clinton to Nixon. A different ad that aired during the game—funded by Donald Trump—portrayed Clinton as being responsible for ISIS.


The Ricketts family has actually gone back and forth on where to throw their money this campaign. Initially, family patriarch Joe Ricketts and his wife, Marlene, reportedly gave nearly $6 million to an anti-Trump super PAC. When it came down to it, though, the Ricketts decided to back the Republican nominee, donating at least $1 million to Donald Trump.

Outside of Joe and Marlene’s flip-flopping on Trump, the Future 45 super PAC was funded in March 2015, according to

Joe Ricketts’ son, Tom, is the chairman of the Chicago Cubs and spoke on behalf of Cubs ownership following the Cubs’ NLCS victory. He also bears a striking resemblance to this year’s biggest cuck, Ted Cruz.

Another spawn of Joe and Marlene, Peter, is the governor of Nebraska.

Joe and Marlene’s only daughter, Laura, is an out gay woman who has made campaign contributions totaling 1,267,200 since 2012 to three super PACs: Ready (formerly Ready For Hillary), Women Vote!, and L PAC, whose website says it “builds the political power of lesbians and queer women by electing candidates who champion LGBTQ rights, women’s equality and social justice.” Laura has gone so far against her right-wing family as to wear a Hillary Clinton hat in the stands at Wrigley this year.


Clinton, herself a Chicago native, was apparently thrilled to see the Cubs finally get past the NLCS:

Staff writer at Deadspin.

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