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04/19/2007


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." 


Watch: Musical Protest Interrupts Shoppers at Target

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Check out this musical demonstration supporting the Target boycott that took place in one of the company's stores over the weekend — set to Depeche Mode's "People are People".

Not sure if this was sponsored by MoveOn, but it's connected to their Boycott Target site.

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Tom Emmer, Candidate Behind Target Boycott, Refuses to Comment on Amendment Banning Same-Sex Marriage

Minnesota GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, whose opposition to same-sex marriage is well known thanks to a boycott of Target Corp. over its donation to a conservative PAC that funded ads for the conservative candidate, avoided commenting on the issue during a Friday night debate broadcast on Twin Cities public television, the Minnesota Independent reports:

Target_emmer The question was requested by an anti-same-sex marriage group, according to host TPT’s Kathy Wurzer. Emmer has authored a bill for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota and has pushed against legislation that would give even a few rights to same-sex couples.

“As a citizen I have a view that is well known. As a governor, it’s not going to be up to the governor. Whether it’s somebody that says they have to oppose it, it’s not up to the governor. It’s up to the legislature,” Emmer said. “And you know what, this election is not about those issues, this election is about the economy, and it’s about jobs.”

Wurzer interrupted Emmer, “But there are a lot of issues in a campaign…”

Emmer responded, “People are trying to distract us from what we have to do, which is get the economy…”

Wurzer interrupted again, “We spent the entire hour talking about the economy. Would you let voters… Do you think voters should vote on a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage?”

Emmer finished with, “That would be up to the legislature.”

A Facebook group pushing the Target boycott has more than 62,000 supporters.


Watch: Rachel Maddow Looks at MN Candidate Tom Emmer's Donations to Christian 'Kill the Gays' Rock Band

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Rachel Maddow takes a closer look at the boycott of Target over anti-gay far right candidate Tom Emmer, and Emmer's donations to You Can Run But You Cannot Hide, a Christian ministry fronted by the band Junkyard Prophets. You Can Run delivers its rock evangelism to public schools in the midwest, and Junkyard Prophets supports Muslim ideology calling for executions of homosexuals.

Says Emmer of You Can Run: "These are nice people."

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Target Apologizes for Donation to Anti-Gay PAC MN Forward

Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel has apologized to employees for Target's donation to anti-gay PAC MN Forward, which funds ads for anti-gay gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, the AP reports:

Target_emmer "Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel wrote employees to say the discount retailer was "genuinely sorry" over the way a $150,000 contribution to MN Forward donation played out. Steinhafel said Target would set up a review process for future political donations. MN Forward is running TV ads supporting Republican Tom Emmer, an outspoken conservative opposed to same-sex marriage and other gay-rights initiatives that have come before Minnesota's Legislature."

Wrote Steinhafel: "While I firmly believe that a business climate conducive to growth is critical to our future, I realize our decision affected many of you in a way I did not anticipate, and for that I am genuinely sorry. The diversity of our team is an important aspect of our unique culture and our success as a company, and we did not mean to disappoint you, our team or our valued guests."

The Human Rights Campaign recently took out a full page ad in the Minnesota Star-Tribune calling on Target to "make it right" for their donations to the anti-gay PAC.


Watch: Keith Olbermann on Target's Donation to Anti-Gay PAC

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On last night's Countdown, Keith Olbermann discussed the outrage over Target's donation to anti-gay PAC MN Forward, which funded campaign ads for anti-gay Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. Christina Bellantoni of Talking Points Memo tells Olbermann that the anger surrounding Target's donation has "spooked" other corporations from giving to MN Forward. She also says that some of MN Forward's next donations will go to Democrats. 

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