Controversy Ensues Over Target's $150K Donation to Anti-Gay Candidate, but is it Right to Boycott the Store?
As Target plans new stores throughout the Los Angeles area, they've come upon controversy and it's not about city planning. Thanks to a recent Supreme Court ruling that allows companies to make campaign contributions, the hipper alternative to Wal-Mart recently made a direct $150,000 donation to a Minnesota Political Action Committee backing the state's Republican Candidate.
"So, to follow the money," Matt Baume writes at SFist, "Target gave $150,000 to Minnesota Forward, which bought TV ads for [Gubernatorial Republican candidate] Tom Emmer, who says "I believe marriage is the union between one man and one woman," and who hangs out with a guy [Christian Rocker Bradlee Dean] who thinks killing gays is moral."
The Target Corporation says their support of the LGBT community is "unwavering" and that the donation was to support the company's business objects of job creation and growth.