I loved shopping at Target. A store that had everything I could possibly need at reasonable prices. One of the stores I miss most since moving to Canada is Target. Until now.
Target Corporation has donated $150,000 to a Minnesota gubernatorial candidate who maintains a clear anti-gay position. Here is a concise story which provides information.
MoveOn.org and Human Rights Campaign have petitions that are easy to sign and send a clear message.
All of this is stemming from a Supreme Court ruling which permits major corporations to contribute to political campaigns. It makes me sad that corporations are willing to support organizations and candidates that discriminate against human rights. It seems to me that individuals have a right to support whomever they choose but publicly traded companies is a completely different story. When Target gives the largest donation to date in support of a candidate who is clearly anti-gay and then says things like, “Target’s support of the GLBT community is unwavering, and inclusiveness remains a core value of our company,” it makes it hard to know who or what to believe.
For now, Target and Best Buy aren’t getting any of my dollars, Canadian or US. If you have thoughts on this issue, please share!
I’m more inclined to blame this on Target’s ignorance. This may be a case where the company just looked to see which candidate would be better for its bottom line and gave money to that individual without looking at his entire platform.