Bullseye is on Target after campaign contribution

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 28, 2010 - 6:20 AM
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unabashedJul. 27, 10 9:42 PM

"Nevertheless, there were corporations during the civil rights movement that had no trouble risking boycotts based on moral convictions against racism." As there were that had no problem discriminating in employment or denying service at their lunch counters.

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blue_bludgerJul. 27, 10 9:46 PM

It's sad to say, but the only way for Americans to get their rights back after the outrageous supreme court ruling is to vote with our pocketbooks. Don't spend a dime supporting businesses that are trying to hijack our political system!

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peterh2Jul. 27, 10 9:52 PM

Go ahead and alienate over half of your customers and employees by donating to causes they passionately oppose. Emmer is another of those lying, stupid elitist right wing jerks and I will NEVER spend money at a store that takes my money and uses it against my principles. That goes for you too, Hubbard and Best Buy. I will NEVER buy your products when they are branded Republican. I'm sure I'm not alone. You'd better hope the right wing loonies double up their purchases to show their support.

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woodtick57Jul. 27, 10 9:54 PM

If corporations have to pay taxes, shouldn't they have the right to participate in our political system? Wouldn't that be taxation without representation otherwise? People have fought wars over that!

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bif1991Jul. 27, 1010:18 PM

Target, like other corporations, exists to serve it constituencies, including its customers, employees, shareholders and communities. Why shouldn't those who are entrusted to manage its assets utilize those assets in ways that would support its mission and existence - including in political realms? If they believe that a particular candidate or party will benefit them more than others, they should do what they can to help those people get elected. I'm glad Target Corporation has made the contribution. I for one, will not shop at any of its competitors until they stand up and do the same!

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tvzcentralJul. 27, 1010:18 PM

I am all Claude Rains in "Casablanca."

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jmayhewJul. 27, 1010:20 PM

I find the tone of those boycoting Target excessive. While they have same sex benefits for employees at great expense, a political contribution creates such a response? The left's anti-business attitude is extending and deepening this recession. Until business knows what the rules are, they will not expand and invest and we will not see growth.

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tani12Jul. 27, 1010:23 PM

They're not people. If they were really people, they would also stand for crimes they commit and if found guilty they would be punished.

Unfortunately, they like an elite citizenship. They get convicted and all they have to do is pay a fine. Personally, I'd love to see a corporation jailed for 20 years if it commits a crime like murder. You'll never see that.

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rubybird74Jul. 27, 1010:31 PM

why wouldn't a business support a candidate that advocates business-friendly policies? Why is this considered controversial?

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drpanglossJul. 27, 1010:49 PM

Whether Target has the right to make contributions to an Emmer campaign front is not in question. But if you manage to alienate even 10-20% of your customer base, this is really going to hurt. Is it worth giving money to someone who "supports business" if the result is that you lose a lot of customers? The "support business" crowd doesn't seem to get it that things like good schools, roads, and non-collapsing infrastructure are what makes Minnesota an attractive place to live and work. Tom Emmer is an incredibly bad candidate for governor of Minnesota. So bad, that I will not shop in Target, because I don't even want to indirectly support him. That's my right.

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