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Target's $150,000 Donation To Fund Anti-Gay Politics

  • Send the company a message right now, urging them to explain why their money is being used to fund a politics that not only serves to prevent LGBT equality, but breeds homophobia, transphobia and hatred.
  • Mother of Gay Son Stands Up to Target for Anti-Gay Donation
  • After political gift, Target feels backlash
  • Corporate interests backing Emmer sue for right to donate to him

Michael A. Jones, Change.org

Target, practically everyone's favorite discount retail store, is headquartered in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes. But along with precious bodies of water, Minnesota is home to some pretty rabid anti-gay politicians and groups. Among them include Tom Emmer. And Target, it seems, is apparently filling  his campaign coffers with nearly $150,000.

Follow the money. At least, that's the message delivered by an article at sfist.com by Matt Baume<>, who tracks $150,000 from Target's coffers, through a political action committee (PAC) known as Minnesota Forward, all the way to Tom Emmer, who himself supports a Christian rock band in Minnesota that travels around the state saying that it's moral and righteous for religious people to kill gays and lesbians.
For those into algebra, it looks a little like this: Target + Minnesota Forward + Tom Emmer = Support for a rather dangerous and radical political philosophy that diminishes LGBT people to pests that should be murdered. And Target is cool with this?

Send the company a message right now, urging them to explain why their money is being used to fund a politics that not only serves to prevent LGBT equality, but breeds homophobia, transphobia and hatred.

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Mother of Gay Son Stands Up to Target for Anti-Gay Donation, Michael A. Jones, Change.org
Get your Kleenex ready, because one of the sweetest mothers in the entire country just smacked back at Target for its anti-gay donation of $150,000 to an organization supporting a politician in Minnesota, Tom Emmer, who believes that gay and lesbian Americans should be second class citizens.

After political gift, Target feels backlash, Jackie Crosby and Baird Helgeson, Star Tribune | MN
After criticism from gay-rights advocates, CEO Gregg Steinhafel defended the gift to MN Forward.

Corporate interests backing Emmer sue for right to donate to him, Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent
Minnesota case the next phase of national battle over campaign finance reform

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