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Target to Take No Corrective Action Over Donation to Anti-Gay PAC

Target Corporation says it will not honor the Human Rights Campaign's request to "make it right" over its sizable donation to MN Forward, a conservative political PAC which has funded campaign ads for anti-gay gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. Emmer supports an amendment banning same-sex marriage in Minnesota, among other anti-equality measures including preventing gay and lesbian couples from using a surrogate mother. 

HRC is responding by putting $150K toward pro-LGBT Minnesota candidates, the group says in a press release:

Target_emmer "After two weeks of good-faith discussions, and two tentative agreements, with Target Corporation, the company has informed the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, that it will be take no corrective actions to repair the harm that it caused by contributing $150,000 to an organization supporting a vehemently anti-gay candidate closely associated with a Christian rock band that advocates death and violence to gay people. In response, HRC announced that it will devote $150,000 of its own resources to help elect a pro-equality governor and legislature in Minnesota. The next governor will likely have the opportunity to either sign or veto marriage equality legislation in the North Star State. 

Said HRC President Joe Solmonese: “All fair-minded Americans will now rightly question Target’s commitment to equality. If they’re initial contribution was a slap in the face, their refusal to make it right is a punch in the gut and that’s not something that we will soon forget. However, with full marriage equality hanging in the balance in Minnesota, regardless of Target, it’s important that we as a community send a message that we will work tirelessly to elect pro-equality candidates.”

HRC tells Towleroad it will be supporting Mark Dayton for governor as well as fund "pro-equality legislative candidates and pro-LGBT causes." 

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  1. I'm not shopping there.

    But I live in San Francisco where Targets aren't allowed. Hah.

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 16, 2010 6:10:33 PM

  2. Ugh! I really liked shopping in Target over, say, Walmart. The Kmarts that are left are so depressing. I was really hoping that this mess was going to sort itself out. Where am I going to spend my disposable gay dollars now?

    Posted by: DLRnATL | Aug 16, 2010 6:18:33 PM

  3. "In response, HRC announced that it will devote $150,000 of its own resources to help elect a pro-equality governor and legislature in Minnesota."??????

    The Hilary Rosen Champagne fund should have already planned to donate money to such candidates. It's THEIR REASON TO EXIST. What a shady lot they are with such disingenuous, self-fellating bull, not to mention their dishonest Equality Index and Buyers Guide, and providing cover again and again for Obama's various betrayals.

    Boycott Target. Boycott HRC!

    Posted by: Michael @ | Aug 16, 2010 6:23:00 PM

  4. Unfortunately, Target's close to home and work and has pretty good cheap shit. Lets hope Costco sees this and doesn't fuck up.

    Posted by: kansastock | Aug 16, 2010 6:51:11 PM

  5. Boycott, Target indeed! And, while they're taking well-deserved potshots at this finally revealed homophobic retailer, let's see HRC wipe out Target's 100% GLBT equalty ranking and reduce it to zero - NOW!!

    Posted by: Jaybird89101 | Aug 16, 2010 6:54:24 PM

  6. Oh noes, someone is ignoring the HRC's demand to do... yawn, I'm suddenly very sleepy.

    Posted by: Rebel Agenda | Aug 16, 2010 6:54:24 PM

  7. Be strong DLRNATL. You might need a twelve-step program to stop buying crap from China.

    Meanwhile, there's always with no sales tax (depending on your state, perhaps) and free shipping on lots of stuff. And the UPS guy comes to your those brown shorts!

    Posted by: The Other Anastasia Beaverhausen | Aug 16, 2010 6:59:18 PM

  8. Well, I'm done with Target... I may have only spent about $1,000 a year there, but it's going to someone else now. Definitely not Best Buy though. Maybe Citizens United will have the unintended side effect of creating so many boycotts that there will once again be a place in the world for mom and pop shops.

    Posted by: Jon B | Aug 16, 2010 7:04:04 PM

  9. Target had better start stocking up on over-alls and cheese doodles for their new demographic... I'll never step foot in a Target again and I really liked shopping there.

    Posted by: Aquaman | Aug 16, 2010 7:05:23 PM

  10. Maybe if The Firm hadn't rolled up all Gangsta demanding that Target give THEM $$$ something could have come out of this. This is exactly what made America start seeing through Jesse Jackson. Find something and then extort money for your own organization. If people would spend their tithes on sending LGBT people to things like Wellstone candidate training , etc., maybe we would have loads of LGBT politicians out there and no corporation would dare cross us (look at Black folks).

    Not only will I shop at Target, I'll do it with relish because they told The Firm to Suck It. That should be done more often when a gunman shows up demanding money. I hope Target will now sit down with some LOCAL LGBT groups and see what they can work out together.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Aug 16, 2010 7:16:05 PM

  11. Oh, Derek. What a rebel! We're all so impressed with the novelty of your thinking and your awe-inspiring resolve. Btw, your face must be really pissed to have your nose cut off.

    Posted by: WTF | Aug 16, 2010 7:21:56 PM

  12. Derek, your hostilities towards HRC is appalling, but it's your business.

    Target does need to make compensation to balance out their mistaken attempt to influence government in MN.

    I'm not too concerned over the gay-issue side of this story. The ultimate goal is to make oorporate america accountable for their efforts to buy political influence.

    I don't want to be paying taxes (corporate donation related cost increases) on products that I buy so that politicians can be bought by these companies. Corporate influence on elections needs to end!

    Posted by: TonyJazz | Aug 16, 2010 7:22:59 PM

  13. I love Labradoodles, they are fun.

    Posted by: Pete | Aug 16, 2010 7:32:06 PM

  14. So the money and resources the HRC spent on this were wasted. Continue the boycott! I will...I mean, I don't shop at target very often, but I usually did rather than shop at walmart for things like curtain rods, etc. I won't be shopping at target anymore. this proves that what's right and the interest of business are not parallel.

    Posted by: TANK | Aug 16, 2010 7:39:07 PM

  15. Don't stop shopping at Target, just stop buying there. Go into the store and fill a cart with whatever you would normally buy there. Then abandon the cart in the aisles somewhere, with a note attached that says "No more Gay Dollars for you!" After they have had the opportunity to restock the contents of many, many abandoned carts, they may change their minds.

    Posted by: ellis | Aug 16, 2010 8:17:27 PM

  16. Target WAS a great store to shop at, but as AQUAMAN says, they can start stocking up on the cheap shit that braindead zombies that hate us want to buy, because that is the demographic they have bought for themselves for $150,000...

    And to the HRC: LISTEN UP people... take their rating right down to 0% because their refusal to 'make it right' shows they are NOT our friends, but simply enjoyed the money we spent there. Past tense. Spent.

    The next and last time I step foot in a Target will be to tell the manager of the store exactly why I will never do so again.

    Posted by: CKNJ | Aug 16, 2010 8:22:02 PM

  17. @Ellis that would be a great way to get their attention.

    Posted by: Pete | Aug 16, 2010 8:40:37 PM

  18. FYI, Mark Dayton is the great-grandson of George Dayton who founded the Dayton department stores. Dayton's started Target in the '60s and later changed their name to Target. It would be sweet irony if Mark Dayton beat our the candidate supported by Target.

    Posted by: voet | Aug 16, 2010 8:52:05 PM

  19. This is a good opportunity to start checking out your local small businesses

    Posted by: Billy | Aug 16, 2010 9:06:30 PM

  20. You can send them emails at the following link I found on their website - I told them I was sad that I am being forced back to Wal-Mart, but I will not support them anymore...

    Posted by: Danjam101 | Aug 16, 2010 9:16:17 PM

  21. @Ellis's idea rocks. I think maybe I will do that about once a week and switch stores.

    Posted by: Harry | Aug 16, 2010 9:16:41 PM

  22. HRC should learn that blackmail doesn't work. Boycotts really don't either, but bad publicity, now that's the "TARGET"!

    Posted by: CB | Aug 16, 2010 9:43:08 PM

  23. blackmail? Apparently you don't believe in the free choice of the consumer, which is opposed to capitalism. HRC failed, and they wasted money that could have been spent more productively in FAILING. But it doesn't take blackmail to get corp. to do the right thing (and in america, there's no difference between a corporation and an individual). So what blackmail is the HRC guilty of that isn't inconsistent with consumer choice?

    Posted by: TANK | Aug 16, 2010 9:52:30 PM

  24. Anyone, in fact, opposed to boycotts is opposed to consumer choice, and the freedom to pursue that choice. This is inconsistent with capitalism. Anyone who disagrees: present your argument.

    Posted by: TANK | Aug 16, 2010 10:00:09 PM

  25. So I called Target today to cancel my card. They asked why, and I told them I did not agree with their contributions to a politician who donates money to anti-gay groups. The customer service rep stated that it was the news media making more out of this than what needed to occur. The rep. then tried to direct me to another group to address my concerns and questions about the entire donation. I politely declined.

    Posted by: David | Aug 16, 2010 10:15:53 PM

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