Don't shop at Target. The "hip" retailer got into trouble when it tossed 150K at a rabid—and ultimately losing—GOP candidate for governor in Minnesota. It promised to stop giving money to anti-gay haters. Target got into lots of hot water and the company promised that it would stop giving money to anti-gay haters. Promise broken:
Most surprising though are Target's post-apology donations to John Kline and Erik Paulsen, two vehement anti-gay equality candidates. Part of the July outrage over Target's political giving included these same two candidates.
On September 22, Target PAC recorded a donation to Erik Paulsen. Paulsen, a former Target employee and a favorite of Focus on the Family's James Dobson, recently voted against the Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal. He has also come out against classifying anti-gay attacks as hate crimes. His position on gay marriage is as expected. Paulsen's opponent, Jim Meffert, told Minnesota Public Radio, "I support full marriage equality for all couples." Meffert lost in a landslide.
Also on September 22 comes word of a maximum donation—$5,000—to Kline. Kline's voting record is more than the run of the mill "protect marriage" stuff. Kline's gay-hostilities include voting against prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation and against treating anti-gay attacks as hate crimes. Just one year ago, Kline went beyond his legislative duty and added his name as a plaintiff to a lawsuit filed against the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics demanding a voter referendum on banning gay marriage. Signatories appearing with Kline included John Boehner, Eric Cantor, John Boozman, and Michelle Bachmann. The suit was submitted by Pat Robertson.
In fact, Target was so eager to help Kline that this $5,000 maximum donation was in addition to the $2,500 Target gave to Kline's primary campaign—a primary race in which the incumbent candidate had already amassed a $500,000 war chest and ran basically unchallenged.
You can have your homophobia (and your homophobic politicians), Target, or you can have your "hip" cred (and our gay dollars). But you can't have both.