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Target Apologizes Over Donation to Anti-Gay Candidate, Some Still Angry

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Following uproar over a large donation from Target to a anti-gay Minnesota candidate this month, CEO Gregg Steinhafel apologized Thursday to employees. He said the $150,000 donation was meant to be for Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer's business stance, not his anti-gay one.

"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," Steinhafel wrote, according to the Associated Press.

But that hasn't satisfied everyone, including West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman."... despite your claim that you were supporting a pro-business candidate, opposition to equality for any group in our society is ultimately anti-business," he wrote in a letter. Heilman suggested Target adopt a review policy on donations, which Steinhafel said will happen.