Target—which markets itself as hip, urban, and diverse—is pouring money into a PAC that is underwriting the campaign of an anti-gay politician who pals around with anti-gay terrorists.


Bradlee Dean, the frontman of a Christian rock band in Minnesota called You Can Run But You Cannot Hide, recently said that Muslim countries that execute LGBTs are "more moral than even the American Christians," plus some mouth-foaming about gays engaging in abominations and child molestation. Ugh.

So what's the Target connection? Well, Bradlee's ministry received money and support from Tom Emmer, an anti-gay Minnesota Republican running for Governor. And Tom Emmer's campaign got a boost from Minnesota Forward, a PAC running TV ads on his behalf. And Minnesota Forward got $150,000—which amounts to about a third of all of their donations—from Target.

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So, to follow the money: Target gave $150,000 to Minnesota Forward, which bought TV ads for Tom Emmer, who says "I believe marriage is the union between one man and one woman," and who hangs out with a guy who thinks killing gays is moral.

Target is about to open its first location in San Francisco, SFist points out, a 100,000 square-foot megastore. You can fit a lot of angry gay activists into 100,000 square feet.