If you didn’t know, this summer retail-giant Target was heavily criticized for donating $150,000 toward electing then-Minnesota gubernatorial hopeful Tom Emmer. Emmer has voiced that gays are immoral and don’t have the right to raise children. Emmer thinks gays shouldn’t have the right to be married.
Sound like a nice guy? Target thinks so.
According to WGLB’s blog, Tom Emmer “even made a personal contribution to a religious ministry that advocated death for LGBT people” (read Target Apologized for Anti-Gay Donations, But Failed to Stop the Hateful Giving)
All the gay people went nuts when this news circulated. They protested Target, and then Target felt bad. Target’s CEO, Gregg Steinhafel said this in apologizing: “The intent of our political contribution…was to support economic growth and job creation. While I firmly believe that a business climate conducive to growth is critical to our future, I realize our decision affected many of you [those pesky gays] in a way I did not anticipate, and for that I am genuinely sorry.”
(side note: Tom Emmer’s ‘philosophy’, according to the Minnesota Progressive Project, has not supported economic growth and job creation for Minnesota, as Target’s CEO said was the intention behind its donation. “Do you like lowering taxes for the wealthiest Minnesotans? Do you like tax breaks for Minnesota companies that then send jobs out of the state if not overseas?…. Then you will love Tom Emmer” [source]. Thankfully Emmer was not elected, despite Target’s funding. Of course, for Target’s profit growth, sending jobs overseas is quite suitable, as is Emmer’s economic policy.)
Very nice of Steinhafel to apologize. Target’s CEO even pledged that Target would change its process for political donations. This is where Abe Sauer steps in.
Sauer, writing at The Awl, says:
“According to documents filed with the FEC in October 2010, Target continued donating to a bevy of anti-gay politicians even after Steinhafel apologized and committed to reforming the review process for future political donations. These donations even included some of the same anti-gay politicians the company had been criticized for supporting” (read The Anti-Gay Donations That Target Apologized For? They Never Stopped).
The bastards. I don’t mean at The Awl. I mean at Target. If you’re gay, Target hates you. Fair enough. Try to elect conservative assholes into office like Tom Emmer. Stimulate the economy. Send jobs overseas. Squash gay rights. It’s a lot to do in one year.
Sauer: “Supporters of gay equality did get some money. In September, Target PAC gave $1000 to Chuck Schumer. It also sent a whole $500 to Keith Ellison, the Minnesota Congressman that anti-gay leader Bradley Dean accuses of supporting LGBT rights…but donations as $1000 to Kelly Ayotte who opposes both gay marriage and same sex adoption, are for more the norm” (see above Sauer link).
Who else received money from Target this year?
Ohio Senator Rob Portman. Portman has called for a federal Constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and same-sex adoption. That’s heavy stuff.
U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen from Minnesot. According to WGLB: “Paulsen also recently voted against repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, and has argued that anti-gay violence should not connote a hate crime” (see WGLB link above).
And U.S. Rep. John Kline from Minnesota. Kline “has tried to take away the rights of gays and lesbians to marry in the District of Columbia, joining with Pat Robertson to call on a war against gay marriage.” Target loves these bastards.
Target has not amended its political donation system in the slightest. If anything, Target has supported even more fiery and hateful politicians with its ‘extra money’.
If you’re gay, Target is not “genuinely sorry” for trying to destroy your already inadequate rights as human beings, and as Americans. If you’re gay, Target hates you.