The political fallout from the post-Citizens United spending by Target and other Minnesota companies on the state's gubernatorial race continues, with gay-rights activists attacking business interests for supporting the anti-gay Republican Tom Emmer.
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As we noted last week, Target's donation of $150,000 to MN Forward, a business group supporting Emmer, has been causing a backlash among gay rights activists in the state, due to Emmer's support for a proposed state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, and his close associations with the religious right.
Target and other companies supporting MN Forward and Emmer have made it clear that their support is based on Emmer's position on economic issues, and that the companies remain committed to their own pro-LGBT business policies. Still, that hasn't stopped pro-gay rights Minnesotans from boycotting Target and returning already purchased goods.
Now the Human Rights Campaign has entered the fray, taking out a full-page ad in the Star Tribune -- directed at both Target and Best Buy, which contributed another $100,000 to MN Forward, and signaling that the companies' support for Emmer could be a "horribly short-sighted business decision." See the ad here.