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When Target gave money in July to a pro-business group in Minnesota, the company thought it was helping its bottom line by backing candidates in its home state who support lower taxes. Instead, the retailer has found itself in a fight with liberal and gay rights groups that has escalated into calls for a nationwide boycott and protests at the company's headquarters and stores.

The problem: Target's $100,000 helped pay for TV ads supporting the gubernatorial campaign of Republican state Rep. Tom Emmer, who thinks Minnesota's corporate taxes should be lower. As it turns out, he also wants to ban same-sex marriage. It was an embarrassing stumble for a company that has carefully cultivated an image of urbanity and hipness -- and that's earned goodwill with the gay community. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  August 19, 2010; 7:17 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Not only will I boycott Target -- I will boycott any corporation that I learn has donated money to any candidate or political party. Corporations already have too much influence in Americans' lives. Their ability to donate for political purposes is outright criminal in my opinion.

Posted by: cedarflute | August 19, 2010 8:19 AM

Corporations need to stay out of politics. The Supreme Court has poisoned our democracy with CU v. FEC, which overturned the more rational McConnell v. FEC. Now billions of corporate dollars will flood our elections, and there is no restriction on foreign corporations or even foreign governments buying media time to push their agendas.

Corporations and other interest groups even want the right to hide their true identities from public scrutiny to avoid the backlash Target is facing.

Target tries to justify itself by admitting that it's fishing for government subsidies, as if feeding from the trough of taxpayer money is acceptable. They happened to give to a candidate who violates the rights of their customers, and are suffering as result.

I doubt this will discourage corporations from trying to buy our government. They'll just try to be more discrete about it.

Posted by: AxelDC | August 19, 2010 8:29 AM

America the bountiful... the best political system money can buy.

I would boycott but it is a trashy store with no redeeming qualities anyway. WalMart painted red.

Posted by: lambcannon | August 19, 2010 8:30 AM

Unions out of politics!

Please print a list of politicians who have received contributions from unions so we can vote them out.

Posted by: krankyman | August 19, 2010 8:45 AM

Lambcannon said it better than I good, and I agree completely. I don't shop either Target or WalMart -- most of their stuff is cheap junk, not worth the money.

Posted by: ccs53 | August 19, 2010 8:46 AM

I won't boycott Target, but I'll boycott any company that caves into gay extortion...

Posted by: WildBill1 | August 19, 2010 8:48 AM

I won't boycott Target, but I'll boycott any company that caves into gay extortion...
Posted by: WildBill1
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Since when is it extortion to boycott anything? You don't know the meaning of the word. Furthermore, your use of the word implies a prejudice toward gays. How shameful.

Posted by: alamo2 | August 19, 2010 8:51 AM

I will boycott target when the UNIONS stop financing dems! At least target is an honest business.....

Posted by: nydozergal | August 19, 2010 8:52 AM

Yes, I am & will continue to boycott TARGET™.
When a politician such as Tom Emmer endorses a group that ACTIVELY ADVOCATES KILLING OTHER PEOPLE, supporting that politician is UNACCEPTABLE, and the excuse that they are "pro-business" is sick and sad.
If TARGET™ feels that trading our lives & safety for a few tax breaks is worth the cost, let them choke on it.

Posted by: n69n23 | August 19, 2010 8:53 AM

I usually get all my kids school supplies at Target but last weekend I went to Staples instead. Paid a bit more, but it was worth it.

Posted by: GenuineRisk | August 19, 2010 8:57 AM

I will boycott Target and any other corporation that gives any type of support to right wing-nuts and/or has policies that discriminate against the GLBT population or any other minority. There are many progressive corporations that realize a true Pro-Businsess stand is one that treats GLBT and other minorities well. Who needs cheap trash from Target anyway? If you want cheap go to a yard sale!!

Posted by: 10bestfan | August 19, 2010 9:01 AM

Of course I won't boycott Target. I shop there all the time and will continue. No one is going to tell me where I can and can't shop. Everyone is entitled to an opinion and weather I agree or disagree is not going to stop me from shopping. If that was the case, I don't agree with where my taxes go so should I stop paying my taxes? You go Target....

Posted by: bailey50 | August 19, 2010 9:35 AM

I've already been boycotting Target and other large stores like Walmart, but for a different reason...

The huge trade imbalance with China, where nearly all the cheep products in these stores are made, is unhealthy for both the US and democracy in China. Within the last few months China has surpassed Germany as the largest exporter, Japan as the second largest economy, while dramatically increasing anti-American propaganda and aggression toward Taiwan and South Korea.

Posted by: person2 | August 19, 2010 9:43 AM

John Roberts did this stuff when he and the radical right judges on the bench voted in favor of letting corporations get involved in our politics...

JOHN ROBERTS IS THE MOST HATED SUPREME COURT JUDGE EVER!!! I FEEL SORRY FOR HIS ADOPTED CHILDREN

AND IT'S NOT WORKING OUT...I'LL BE GLAD WHEN WE GET AT LEAST THREE MORE SEATS IN THE SENATE SO WE DON'T HAVE TO DEAL WITH NELSON, LINCOLN AND LIEBERMAN!!!

Posted by: danders5000 | August 19, 2010 9:53 AM

I will double my current shopping with Target and any other company who has the fortitude to stand up to these ultra left wing pressure groups. Now, on the other hand, if you can provide a listing of those companies who actively supported the passage of the travesty called Obamacare...

Posted by: JM80 | August 19, 2010 10:04 AM

TARGET AND WALMART ALONG WITH THE FAMILY DOLLAR STORES ARE THE THREE MOST CHEAPEST JUNK STORES EVER!

DON'T BUY THEIR CLOTHING....IT WILL MAKE YOU SWEAT PIGS...

DON'T BUY THEIR PERSONAL HYGEINE....THEY AREN'T EFFECTIVE! ESPECIALLY THE DEODORANT AND TOOTHPASTE

THE HOUSEWEAR MUST COME WITH CRAZY GLUE BECAUSE SOMETHING WILL FALL OFF

Posted by: danders5000 | August 19, 2010 10:04 AM

CAPITAL LETTER GUY is running amuck!

Posted by: capsfan77 | August 19, 2010 10:11 AM

As much as I do not believe that corporations should endorse politics I do not plan on boycotting Target. They contributed to a cause that they felt was worthy. This is still very much a free country and everybody is entitled to assisting anybody they wish. I am so very tired of everything we do and or say turning into a pissing contest and a racial or gay rights issue. I am so very tired of all of this political correctivness being forced down our throats. I don’t broadcast everywhere that I am a straight individual but I really feel now that I need to begin doing so. I would never disrespect anybody who is different then myself however I also do not have to condone their behaviors either. This country needs to grow some kahunas and wake up to what our real problems are and stop taking the “oh poor is me attitude” and shove that where the sun doesn’t shine. Nobody is entitled to the world unless they bust their butts doing so. America was not built on lazy wimpy people who we are turning our society into. Let’s stop pampering & babying our children and start turning them into functional people of society who do not feel as though they need free hand outs and others to take care of them in order to survive. I commend Target for wanting to and being able to contribute to any cause they deem who needs it. We as Americans should NEVER condemn anybody or organization who is able to do worthy things. Thank you Target!!

Posted by: longcomuter | August 19, 2010 10:11 AM

I will boycott Target and as others have said, any corporation that donates to a particular candidate.

We need to take our country back from our corporate overlords.

Posted by: drindl | August 19, 2010 10:12 AM

I will double my current shopping with Target and any other company who has the fortitude to stand up to these ultra left wing pressure groups. Now, on the other hand, if you can provide a listing of those companies who actively supported the passage of the travesty called Obamacare...

POSTED BY: JM80 | AUGUST 19, 2010 10:04 AM
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The party of hate and fear. Also known as the Republicans in the GOP. They just keep on hating and spreading fear, because they have no other ideas. Yep, the party of hate:
They Hate the Dems …..
They Hate the Liberal press…..
They Hate the Gays….
They Hate the Lesbians…..
They Hate same sex marriage…..
They Hate all taxes……
They Hate welfare……
They Hate the unions, any union ……
They Hate the minimum wage law …..
They Hate unemployment pay…..
They Hate social security…..
They Hate Medicare……..
They Hate Medicaid…………
They Hate helping people in need….
They Hate all religion’s, except their own !!! ......
They Hate Obama……
They Hate immigrants….. legal or not……..
They Hate lawyers………….
They Hate anybody else’s morals, but not their own……
They Hate anyone with less education, than themselves…….
They Hate the less fortunate……..
They Hate labor laws …….
They Hate the environmental laws………
They Hate food safety laws…..
They Hate work place safety laws……..
They Hate the consumer product safety commission…..
They Hate public broadcasting……..
They Hate the family and medical leave act…………

The list goes on and on and on……. And so could I, But wait, what does the GOP Love:

GOD, Guns, Money and Power, not necessarily in this order !!.

Posted by: thefolks1 | August 19, 2010 10:25 AM

Emmer says that all Gays should be exterminated. Isn't that a bigger isse than lower taxes? I'll boycott Target and Best Buy for backing such a bigot.

Posted by: Smokey21 | August 19, 2010 10:26 AM

Of course I will not boycott Target! How un-American of anyone to so ask. They are supportive of lower taxes for example and more conservative government - not a crime last time I looked at the Constitution. Also I take great issue with those who call it trashy store. It sells quality goods at a decent price. Every dollar I spend on Target charge card, Target donates a sum to the public school of my choice in my hometown of Buffalo NY. Also what is this nonsense that if you prefer less government, lower taxes, etc. an outfit or a person is not HIP or with it or cares about people? Sheer and utter nimcompoopery.

Posted by: BonarPiatt | August 19, 2010 10:30 AM

I won't boycott Target since I've essentially given up shopping there anyway. Their service, quality, selection, and price competitiveness have all declined to such an extent that I rarely go there any more, just too frustrating to make the trip for things I can mainly get elsewhere at the same or better prices and without the hassles. When Target first opened around here, they were great, but no more.

Posted by: blankspace | August 19, 2010 10:32 AM

This is a most unscientific poll. This issue has been blown completely out of proportion by the MSM as has the Murdock $1 million donation to the Governors which is a pittance of an amount.

Posted by: hz9604 | August 19, 2010 10:50 AM

what's the saying:
"like a fart in the wind"

In this economy, those who can afford not to shop at Target, more power to you. For many others, their calculus will be different.

Posted by: Windknot1 | August 19, 2010 10:51 AM

I won't boycott Target, but I'll boycott any company that caves into gay extortion...
Posted by: WildBill1
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Since when is it extortion to boycott anything? You don't know the meaning of the word. Furthermore, your use of the word implies a prejudice toward gays. How shameful.
Posted by: alamo2 | August 19, 2010 8:51 AM
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And your assumption would make you an a**. I'm not prejudice against gays. It is extortion...no different than Jesse Jackson and his "Rainbow Coalition" shaking down businesses for cash, i.e. give us some money for my organization or we'll lead a national boycott against you based on some trumped up race/gay/religion (you name it) charge.

Posted by: WildBill1 | August 19, 2010 10:57 AM

I won't boycott Target entirely but I have been staying away since I heard about this donation, so they've already lost several of my purchases. I care more about economic issues than gay rights, but the gaybashing is appalling.

Posted by: csdiego | August 19, 2010 11:02 AM

Democrats should be avoiding most of the chain stores and restaurants - the majority donate to Republicans. There was a website called "BuyBlue" that listed those who donated to Republicans and those who donated to Democrats.

Whenever I can, I buy from local thrift stores and independent stores. We never go to chain restaurants - why should our $$ go to companies that donate to Republican candidates?

Posted by: Whazzis | August 19, 2010 11:25 AM


The folks1 ain't happy unless the Democrats are wiping their rear ends for them.

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Posted by: thefolks1 | August 19, 2010 10:25 AM


The party of hate and fear. Also known as the Republicans in the GOP. They just keep on hating and spreading fear, because they have no other ideas. Yep, the party of hate:
They Hate the Dems …..
They Hate the Liberal press…..
They Hate the Gays….
They Hate the Lesbians…..
They Hate same sex marriage…..
They Hate all taxes……
They Hate welfare……
They Hate the unions, any union ……
They Hate the minimum wage law …..
They Hate unemployment pay…..
They Hate social security…..
They Hate Medicare……..
They Hate Medicaid…………
They Hate helping people in need….
They Hate all religion’s, except their own !!! ......
They Hate Obama……
They Hate immigrants….. legal or not……..
They Hate lawyers………….
They Hate anybody else’s morals, but not their own……
They Hate anyone with less education, than themselves…….
They Hate the less fortunate……..
They Hate labor laws …….
They Hate the environmental laws………
They Hate food safety laws…..
They Hate work place safety laws……..
They Hate the consumer product safety commission…..
They Hate public broadcasting……..
They Hate the family and medical leave act…………

The list goes on and on and on……. And so could I, But wait, what does the GOP Love:

GOD, Guns, Money and Power, not necessarily in this order !!.

Posted by: hz9604 | August 19, 2010 11:32 AM

I do not shop at Target. But if it is the victim of the Liberal left, I guess I might want to take of the slack and visit more often.

And to the Liberal that posted what the Republicans love...You forgot to say that WE ALSO LOVE FREEDOM AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. You failed to list that we hate Communism, in any form, Obama's type of Change. And there is a a great big list of more to hate. But, if anyone loves freedom and the Constitution of the United States, you gotta hate the enemies of such.

Oh, well, it is as it is, and I guess I will see you in the trenches.

Send, lawyers, guns, and money. Well, at least guns, and money...

SEMPER FI.....May the God of Israel bless the righteous in these United States of America.

Posted by: etienneprimeau | August 19, 2010 11:44 AM

So, are gays going to boycott Muslim-based/owned companies given their very hostile (automatic death) and public anti-gay policies? Or will gays only boycott perceived pro-Republican companies? If it's the latter, then you're not against anti-gay policies, you just hate Republicans....

Posted by: WildBill1 | August 19, 2010 11:50 AM

Name the Muslin Companies please and rest assured I will boycott them....
PS I AM a Republican!!

Posted by: 10bestfan | August 19, 2010 12:22 PM

Name the Muslin Companies please and rest assured I will boycott them....
PS I AM a Republican!!
Posted by: 10bestfan | August 19, 2010 12:22 PM
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PODS, Southland Log Homes, Yakima Products, 3PD Inc., etc. are all companies with majority holdings by Arcapita. They used to own Caribou Coffee and Church's Fried Chicken too..... So, how many gays/liberals will boycott Arcapita affiliated businesses because of Islam's hostile intolerance of gay rights? My guess is none.

Posted by: WildBill1 | August 19, 2010 12:42 PM

not only will i NOT boycott Target, they have more of my respect than they have had in the past.

Posted by: RoshanVarghese | August 19, 2010 12:59 PM

I won't boycott Target which I don't think ever works. I do however have a SuperTarget down the road from me and a large grocery store next to it. I have been making the decision to "avoid" Target and simply get items at the grocery store. I have been saving my grocery store receipts since the Target news and plan on sending them in to the corporate office with a letter. So far, I have steered my Target purchases to the grocery store of about $300. (I think I miss my latte at Starbucks located IN Target more than Target itself.)

Posted by: madoty1 | August 19, 2010 1:03 PM

It is as it should be..if they did their research and I am sure their law firm did, then they knew the risks...they are not stupid...now they are crying mercy..BS...if they want to play with the big boys and girls they better be ready to take their knocks...Anita Bryant found out the hard way..don't know her...a singer that slammed the gay community, she got a pie in the face on National TV and her career came to a sudden end...she WAS the Florida Orange Juice girl...she lost that too...let Target pay the price...

Posted by: rkymtpowergmailcom | August 19, 2010 1:05 PM

I would not boycott Target because they made a contribution to a business group that happens to back Republicans. They are a business after all. It's not like they were directly funding a pro-Prop 8 campaign.

That said, those of you boycotting Target welcome aboard. I have been boycotting them for nearly three years. There are two very good reasons to boycott Target. The first is they allow their pharmacists to not full prescriptions on moral grounds. It's one thing to deny Dick Cheney his heart pills another to deny a rape victim the morning after pill. The second reason is that long before the law required cold medicine be held behind the counter to fight meth production, Target took it into their own hands to do this. Not only did they place it behind the pharmacist counter, meaning you could only find relief from a cold during pharmacy hours, they also collected your drivers license information in a spiral notebook left laying on the front counter. I nearly stole it on point of principle.

Target is evil. People seem to think Walmart is evil, but they are not. They are merely efficient. Their focus on efficiency has negative side effects, but it has single handedly increased US GDP a couple of points. They have forced prices down across the board in the US, leaving more in everyone's pocket. Target on the other hand has proved the old saying, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Posted by: caribis | August 19, 2010 1:13 PM

It is bad strategy for homosexual activists to use boycotts to advance their agenda. As has been demonstrated by vote after vote in this country the majority defines marriage as between a man and a woman (not for so called prejudice reasons but because this definition creates an opportunity for a child to have a mother and a father). Even liberal California, voted to define marriage as between a man and woman - twice.

Think of the impact these voters will have if they decide to use the same strategy of boycotting any company that supports a candidate that believes we should change the definition of marriage.

Posted by: sjhonda | August 19, 2010 1:20 PM

Not only will I not boycott Target, I'll buy 10 times more stuff from them to make up for the people who are boycotting them.

Posted by: nuzuw | August 19, 2010 1:33 PM

I have already stopped shopping at Target, they are a waste of time and money.

Posted by: nallcando | August 19, 2010 1:34 PM

yes I will boycott .. I have already stopped shopping there .. I will not shop anywhere that puts their money into politics or radical christian groups..

Posted by: Frostie | August 19, 2010 1:50 PM

Why would I shop somewhere that uses the profits from my purchases for something I am against? Will boycott, and am boycotting. Which is a shame because it was my favorite store. Too bad for all the ignorant fools that are turning to WalMart in their Target boycott. That just leads me to believe that this will all be forgotten in a couple years, and Target will have a soaring profit margin once again. Hopefully this will stick long enough for Tom Emmer to lose his election, so his friends that want to "kill gays" won't be given any more influence, or undeserved attention for their hate.

I also agree with the people saying that corporations need to stay out of elections. It will only lead to corporations running the government. Well, more than it is now...

Posted by: Agnes1 | August 19, 2010 1:55 PM

I have never bought anything at Target. Sounds like I made the right decision all along.

Posted by: solsticebelle | August 19, 2010 1:56 PM

Now that SCOTUS has removed the limitations on corporate campaign spending, it falls to the people to rein in their excesses.

The First Amendment says nothing about Free Speech not having economic consequences, ask the infamous Dr Laura.

Posted by: OldUncleTom | August 19, 2010 2:13 PM

70 percent agreed with the boycott! You people are loonies! This only happened in one state for a state election. How does this negate everything else they've accomplished? No point trying to reason with closed-minded loonies.

Posted by: forgetthis | August 19, 2010 2:15 PM

I wonder how many people who said yes even shop there and if they will go back on their word if they want something there.

People need to realize there are more than one issue out there that concern folks. While I support gay rights/marriage the economy is more important at the moment and I will not vote against it for and issue that is going to come soon either way.

Posted by: flonzy1 | August 19, 2010 2:26 PM

This also brings up the issue of the "throw-the-bums-out" crowd, like the tea partiers. What's the point (other than spreading the wealth) of kicking out the corrupted and replacing them with new lambs to corrupt? Why not get rid of the corrupters instead?

Posted by: tkhales | August 19, 2010 4:21 PM

Yes, I am boycotting Target. Also, there are a couple things that puzzle me about some of the comments here. First, why would anyone assume that all the boycotters are "ultra liberals" for not wanting corporations to buy influence in any election? I am certainly not too far to the left on most issues, and some of my more Libertarian friends share my concerns about corporate influence. Also, since when can taking a stand for equal rights for all be characterized as whiny, wimpy and/or pampered? This is similar to the confusion I feel when some people say that gays are asking for "special" or "extra" rights. Look, I married the person I loved. Why should that same right be denied to anyone else? How is giving that same right to anyone else considered anything other than fairness to all? It's not like I go out marching for gay rights, but maybe I should. After all, it would not be acceptable to deny marriage rights to Hispanics, amputees, Buddhists, or even Star Trek fans!

Posted by: davidbtn | August 19, 2010 4:43 PM

As a true, loyal Target shopper, I will absolutely not allow groups to urge me to boycott any store or corperation. Target is one of the most generous corperations in our community and nationwide.Will those that urge the boycott of Target, also turn down contributions that Target makes to other causes that they may support or benefit from?
Whenever I see a group boycotting a place of business, I then add that business to my support list. In other words the boycott of Target has meant more business from me!
PS I think that this is still a free country or did I miss something?

Posted by: MT19 | August 19, 2010 4:46 PM

Not only will I boycott Target -- I will boycott any corporation that I learn has donated money to any candidate or political party. Corporations already have too much influence in Americans' lives. Their ability to donate for political purposes is outright criminal in my opinion.

THAT IS ALL OF THEM. GOOD LUCK LIVING YOUR LIFE. Grow your food, make your clothes, build a car. With nasa scientists posting here, who is running nasa?

Posted by: pervleft | August 19, 2010 5:28 PM

Finally, a rational response.

Unions out of politics!

Please print a list of politicians who have received contributions from unions so we can vote them out.

Posted by: pervleft | August 19, 2010 5:29 PM

POSTED BY: THEFOLKS1 | AUGUST 19, 2010 10:25 AM

In psychology they call it projection. Haters say those people over there are haters. It really takes one to know one. Is there any group that hates more than left wing liberals?

It started with bush derangement syndrome. Then bush is gone so let's see, oh palin, and anyone who does not support sexual perversion, illegal drugs, porn, stealing money from honest working people to give to dead beats who have never worked a day in their miserable lives. Oh, let's hate anyone who is christian, then let's hate every old white republican, and oh, let's hate everyone who does not agree with the left wing diseased lifestyle.

Posted by: pervleft | August 19, 2010 5:40 PM

Lets see: if we lie to the Congress, it's a felony and if the Congress lies to us its just politics; if we dislike a black person, we're racist and if a black person dislikes whites, its their 1st Amendment right; the government spends millions to rehabilitate criminals and they do almost nothing for the victims; in public schools you can teach that homosexuality is OK, but you better not use the word God in the process; you can kill an unborn child, but it is wrong to execute a mass murderer; we don't burn books in America, we now rewrite them; we got rid of communist and socialist threats by renaming them progressive; we are unable to close our border with Mexico, but have no problem protecting the 38th parallel in Korea; if you protest against President Obama's policies you're a terrorist, but if you burnedan
American flag
or George Bush in effigy it was your 1st Amendment right.

You can have pornography on TV or the internet, but you better not put a nativity scene in a public park during Christmas; we have eliminated all criminals in America, they are now called sick people; we can use a human fetus for medical research, but it is wrong to use an animal.

We take money from those who work hard for it and give it to those who don't want to work; we all support the Constitution, but only when it supports our political ideology; we still have freedom of speech, but only if we are being politically correct; parenting has been replaced with Ritalin and video games; the land of opportunity is now the land of hand outs; the similarity between Hurricane Katrina and the gulf oil spill is that neither president did anything to help.

And how do we handle a major crisis today? The government appoints a committee to determine who's at fault, then threatens them, passes a law, raises our taxes; tells us the problem is solved so they can get back to their reelection campaign.

What has happened to the land of the free and home of the brave?

Posted by: pervleft | August 19, 2010 5:40 PM

Jesus and the Democrat
A Republican, in a wheelchair, entered a restaurant one afternoon and asked the waitress for a cup of coffee. The Republican looked across the restaurant and asked, "Is that Jesus sitting over there?"

The waitress nodded "yes," so the Republican requested that she give Jesus a cup of coffee, on him.

The next patron to come in was a Libertarian, with a hunched back. He shuffled over to a booth, painfully sat down, and asked the waitress for a cup of hot tea. He also glanced across the restaurant and asked, "Is that Jesus, over there?"

The waitress nodded, so the Libertarian asked her to give Jesus a cup of hot tea, "My treat."

The third patron to come into the restaurant was a Democrat on crutches. He hobbled over to a booth, sat down and hollered, "Hey there honey! How's about gettin' me a cold mug of Miller Light?" He too looked across the restaurant and asked, "Isn't that God's boy over there?

The waitress nodded, so the Democrat directed her to give Jesus a cold beer. "On my bill," he said loudly.

As Jesus got up to leave, he passed by the Republican, touched him and said, "For your kindness, you are healed." The Republican felt the strength come back into his legs, got up, and danced a jig out the door.

Jesus passed by the Libertarian, touched him and said, "For your kindness, you are healed." The Libertarian felt his back straightening up and he raised his hands, praised the Lord, and did a series of back flips out the door.

Then, Jesus walked towards the Democrat, just smiling.

The Democrat jumped up and yelled, "Don't touch me ... I'm collecting disability."

Posted by: pervleft | August 19, 2010 5:42 PM

I started boycotting Target years ago because it failed my personal test as it relates to retailers: Target has an absolutely terrible return policy. I am glad to know that my lack of loyalty has been validated.

Posted by: BigDaddy7 | August 19, 2010 6:12 PM

I'll spend more money at Target because of this.

Posted by: r_leever | August 19, 2010 6:22 PM

I don't care enough about whatever issue this is about to boycott Tar-jay.

What's going on here, is Target against puppies, cute babies, flaming homos?

If they have what I'm looking for, I'll buy it. If I can find it cheaper at another store, I'll buy it there.


Really, if boycotting a business because they don't pander to your political view is the most interesting thing you've done today ... well, I'll make the effort to pity you, but don't expect too much.

Posted by: eezmamata | August 19, 2010 7:08 PM

I will make it a point to drive my SUV over to Target in order to buy incandescent light bulbs, then stop by the closest BP station to fill up my tank. How do you like that, you left-wing liberal dingbats?

Posted by: get_it_right | August 19, 2010 7:13 PM

Let's put Target out of business. Then you can all come on over to my favorite store, Wal-Mart.

It could use the business.

Posted by: battleground51 | August 19, 2010 7:40 PM

screw target. they wouldn't even let the u.s. marines colect toys in front of their stores. freaking frenchmen.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | August 19, 2010 7:45 PM

I am for boycotting and bankrupting Target because it banned The Salvation Army from collecting donations at Target stores at Christmas time.

Target is obviously evil for this fact alone.

Shop Wal-Mart!

Posted by: battleground51 | August 19, 2010 7:46 PM

I won't boycott Target. Instead, I boycott Walmart.

Walmart was the big retailer that refused to carry Made in the USA goods back in the 1990s. Now none of those consumer goods are made here, which put millions of Americans out of work.

So, if you want to avoid a company who works against United States interests, pick one.

Posted by: BigTrees | August 19, 2010 8:00 PM

I already boycott Walmart 'cause I'm sick to death of everything coming from China while we sit on idle hands here in the U.S.A.

Now I'm going to start avoiding, to the degree that I can manage to continue living a 'normal' life, any business I find making huge contributions to either political party. I get really mad when I see something like NewsCorp or Target funding right-leaning politicians but I'm not going to tolerate a business funding lefties either.

Posted by: AHappyWarrior | August 19, 2010 8:35 PM

You mean I can purchase affordable patio furniture, stock up on bulk-buy cheese puffs, and make an indirect contribution to pro-economic growth politicians all in one stop? And be hip about it? Sign me up!

Posted by: CaughtInAMosh | August 19, 2010 8:42 PM

Cannot wait to get to Target and shop shop shop, it has nothing to do with the gay thing, I think gays should be able to marry it they want. But I agree with lower taxes for not only Target but for everyone.

So boycott if you want, go off to Walmart and goods made very cheaply and badly

Hey all you dumb ass liberals, Target pays higher taxes, it is passed on to you in higher prices, god you are naive

Posted by: kathymac1 | August 19, 2010 8:43 PM

I sent Target an email stating that if this was a one time mistake I would continue shopping there; but, if not, I would stop. I received a nice e-mail indicating that they were rethinking their contribution process. I'm satisfied for the time being that this was a one off.

Posted by: lswonder | August 19, 2010 8:46 PM

All this for one little faux pas in Minnesota... which Target's CEO apologized for????

And they are most definitely NOT anti-gay:

Target is No. 40 on The Diversity Inc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list and holds a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index. It also offers domestic-partner benefits (a Diversity Inc Top 50 requirement), distributes $3 million each week to philanthropic programs nationwide and has sponsored Twin Cities Pride.

They are one of the best corporations out there and I will most certainly continue to shop there!

Posted by: joanne11 | August 19, 2010 10:10 PM

The candidate Target's money went to, Emmer, is running against a member of the family that founded Target. That family, the Dayton family, built a corporation that was widely respected. Leave it to a bone-headed CEO to screw things up.

My sense of what happened is that CEOs tend to support candidates that promise them they won't tax their over-sized salaries. Emmer said he'd like to see the salaries of wait staff lowered because with their tips they all make over $100,000 a year. But he'd like to lower income taxes. Any wonder why corporate CEOs support him?

Posted by: MNUSA | August 19, 2010 10:28 PM

i disagree with the new ruling that corporations can give political donations, but the good in this is that there was transparency.

target did what is legal, and right by their eyes.

the consumers who are boycotting are doing the same, and nothing less (what is legal and right in their eyes)

i would say that on balance, target greatly misunderstood the impact of this on their reputation. it is a wake up call to other large corporations with huge coffers.

also of interest here is the posters who pontificate about how "taget has the right, so let them donate"...this is such an absurd point given that the counterweight to political action is political action. which means that target made a political move, and so did people.

we shouldnt look the other way when a company puts its hat in the political process. we should call them out on it. looks like people are doing a great job.

i used to shop at target. yes the stuff is cheap, but for something like a nightstand, or some coffee cups its great.

not anymore. because it appears, via the public documents that supporting target = supporting the GOP

maybe ill go to walmart...

conservatives love the free market, except when its used against them en masse.

LOL free market works great for people with money! but when much much less financed groups get organized, it must be the gays and commies! LOL conservatives are cute in how hypocritical they are

Posted by: ae-inc | August 19, 2010 10:55 PM

Liberals
They hate Target.

Posted by: carla2 | August 20, 2010 1:21 AM

I love Target! Their products have always been better quality than (shudder)low- value Wal Mart.But after this, I like them even better!

Posted by: inmanorj | August 20, 2010 1:39 AM

I jumped through your hoop happy? yes I have a comment as a lot of people on the net know I am very outspoken and passionate so here it goes!seems like main stream media is covering storys that favor corperations why is that is it because of advertizing dollars or is it because they cant say the truth what bigger story can there be than people fighting for basic human rights LGBT people have a right to exist as they wish we have a right to defend ourselfs so to bad if corperations get hurt they shouldnt fund hate!!

Posted by: efuller37 | August 20, 2010 11:15 AM

I am a Target shareholder and I just fired off an angry letter to them because I am outraged that they did this. I am pro-love, meaning that I believe love is love and anyone should be able to marry and/or date any person of consenting age, no matter what gender, race, color or religion they are. I won't boycott Target b/c I don't want to hurt a company that has done a lot of good in the past and will continue to do good for schools around the country. This was a terrible mistake on their part and Target has apologized and, hopefully, won't make this mistake again. It is important to make our voices heard that what Target did was wrong and I completely support anyone who chooses to boycott the company for a while to make an important point (though I won't do that myself). Eventually (for my sake as a shareholder and for the sake of all the employees and school children involved) this will blow over and Target will be forgiven.

Posted by: moodymommy | August 20, 2010 11:31 AM

the appology was amied at you the employees and managers it was not absolutly not sent to the general public they do not really care for anyone or anything but profit making money do you understand!!!!!

Posted by: efuller37 | August 20, 2010 11:36 AM

to all target supporters why dont you purchase a gun and activly seek out lesbians gays BI-people and transgendered people and shoot them in the head be done with them once and for all! beacause you are missing the point of what we are for target and its board of flunkys gave money to a campain that supports just that if it would make you feel better and you can have a good nights sleep and live with your good conscince!

Posted by: efuller37 | August 20, 2010 12:53 PM

targets current level on human rights stats will go down check with HRC they will tell you this probably 0 by now!!

Posted by: efuller37 | August 20, 2010 1:00 PM

This is not a Republicans vs. Democrats issue. This is about a candidate (Tom Emmer) who is part of a splinter group that believes in the CASTRATION AND EXECUTION of homosexuals!! This is PUBLIC RECORD.

It's not clear why the media (including The Washington Post!) merely states Emmer's "opposition" to gay rights and gay marriage, as if that's all there is to it. He's much more radical and dangerous than that. And for Target to say that they made their contribution under the veil of good business sense shows that Target believes its consumers, investors and employees are stupid and uninformed.

Emmer believes in the EXECUTION of a segment of society, just as Adolph Hitler did!!

I wonder if Target would've donated to Hitler's campaign under the guise of "it's good for business".

Supporting a candidate with a Hitler-esque platform is NOT good business, and Target has the right to demand its money back, but is REFUSING to do so.

Just because companies have been given the right to support politicians doesn't mean they should actually do it.

And don't be fooled by Gregg Steinhafel's apology. Nowhere does he apologize for the contribution - he only apologized for the pain the contribution caused. You can tell that it was a carefully crafted "apology" and likely reviewed by Target's legal department before it was distributed.

If Target is truly sorry, they should ask for their money back and publicly go on record as saying that it is not their corporate policy to involve itself in politics and that it will refrain from any future political contributions. Then, and only then, will I go back to shopping at Target.

Posted by: Anonymous86 | August 21, 2010 2:53 PM

"I would not boycott Target because they made a contribution to a business group that happens to back Republicans. They are a business after all. It's not like they were directly funding a pro-Prop 8 campaign."

Posted by: caribis | August 19, 2010 1:13 PM


Ummm, actually, yeah they did.

http://i.huffpost.com/gen/190132/TARGET-OPEN-SECRETS.jpg

Posted by: NoVA_Man | August 23, 2010 10:41 AM

I don't dislike people who are gay, but I do dislike their misguided idea it is OK!!
I will boycott any store, like Home Depot, that caters to these people or right wing nuts who are destroying our country!!!!!!! Don't apologize Target, do what you think is right and stand up for free interprise. The anger I read in some of these posts just shows how some know they are wrong and cannot stand the challenge to their lifestyle.

Posted by: pilot31a | August 23, 2010 12:48 PM

To the right wing that obviously think it's okay to have a candidate that supports making laws that make being gay illegal: this candidate's solution is to re-instate the sodomy law. You might want to look that up because that makes a bj illegal for you. How would you like it if someone called the cops to report you and your spouse for what you do behind closed doors? Yes, I'm straight, and yes I will call in the crime if I think your doing it. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Mind your own business and stop being so concerned about people's private lives.

Posted by: sassymom08 | August 30, 2010 8:17 PM

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