Target Still Backing Anti-Gay Politicians
Money kept flowing after CEO's apology
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2010 3:20 AM CST
People protesting Target's donations stand outside a store in Minnesota.   (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)

(Newser) – Target continued to donate to anti-gay politicians after its CEO apologized for doing so and promised to investigate the retailer's political donation policy, an investigation by The Awl finds. A few politicians who support gay equality also received relatively small donations, but October filings with the Federal Election Commission show that $31,200 of the $41,200 donated to federal politicians by Target's political action committee after Gregg Steinhafel's apology went to anti-gay rights candidates or to PACs supporting them.

Some of the post-apology donations went to two of the same candidates Target had been criticized for supporting, both of whom oppose not just gay marriage but also oppose labeling attacks on gays as hate crimes. Steinhafel's apology in August followed a wave of bad publicity over the donations and a boycott campaign launched by MoveOn.

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Monika Nelsen
Jan 21, 2011 11:30 PM CST
If you don't like Target, don't shop there. How difficult is that? You probably don't shop there anyway, since Target is not typically located in ultra urban 'big' city areas. Revel in your self-proclaimed superiority, but don't damage a company you really don't care about anyway. Because Target, unlike yourselves, actually donates towards schools and other charities.
ddenning
Dec 22, 2010 9:14 PM CST
For a superstore chain CEO to politically support politicians who are absolutely against gay rights is an outright slap in the face to every gay employee of Target or any other organization that does the same thing. Let's see you cannot discriminate against hiring a person based on their sexuality but let me slap them in the face and let them know I am really against all they stand for by putting my money in support of political candidates that will oppose every gay right cause out there including hate crimes against gays. I don't know Target - I have to say . . .I'm taking my business elsewhere.
T-MAN
Dec 22, 2010 8:18 PM CST
CEO hasn't come out of the closet yet. Trying to deflect attention away from himself.