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Target: New Policy Tightens Control on Political Giving… Is it Enough?

February 21, 2011
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Target Corp. who recived vigorous protests from LGBT Activists last year for donating 150k to an anti-gay politician has quietly introduced a policy to tighten oversite and restrict political donations.  This is a great step forward to restoring faith to a large base of their consumers but clearly falls short. 

 Target as an entity has every right to donate to whomever they’d like.  However, being two-faced isn’t a right they should enjoy.  Target never resolved their issues with the Gay community when they refused to equally donate to pro-gay politicians or Gay organizations and held fast to their bigoted donation.  My take is, I haven’t shopped their since and I don’t intend to anytime soon.  When Target puts their money where their mouth is, I’ll consider it.  Until then THEY’RE ON THE LIST!

Reporting from Washington — Retail giant Target Corp., which last summer sparked a customer and shareholder backlash over corporate donations to a controversial conservative political group, has quietly issued a new policy to tighten oversight and restrict how the company’s funds are used for political purposes.

The move highlighted the risk of controversy that has accompanied the growing practice of using corporate funds to influence the political process, both in election campaigns and government policy issues.

Target had donated $150,000 to a nonprofit group called MN Forward, which backed a gubernatorial candidate in Minnesota who opposed gay rights.


But Smith, while calling it a “step forward,” noted that Target did not give shareholders everything they were seeking. “They still are not disclosing the amounts of money they pay to trade associations,” he said. 

via Target changes political donations policy after controversy – latimes.com.