A Target spokesperson announced Friday afternoon that the company was standing by its statement made Thursday, which did not include an apology for its donation to MN Forward, a political action committee that supports GOP candidate for governor Tom Emmer.
Yesterday, OutFront Minnesota published an open letter to Target CEO Gregg W. Steinhafel, calling on Target to make amends by “taking back its donation to Minnesota Forward, or by donating an equal amount to a political committee or cause of its choice that works to combat the attacks, dehumanization and marginalization of GLBT people, immigrants, and low-income workers represented by Emmer and Minnesota Forward.”
As yesterday’s statement from Target says, they donated to Emmer for business reasons, pure and simple. Are they, as TheAwl asked this morning, just willing to throw their pro-gay brand – popular with liberal yuppies and their gay friends – out the window in search of a few tax breaks?
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