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MoveOn.org’s Terrible ‘Boycott Target’ Ad

So this is the television ad MoveOn.org is running on national cable and Minnesota television networks over the next week to bring attention to Target’s political donations, and boy is it stupid.

MoveOn.org has already been criticized by The Gays for making the debate over Target’s $150,000 donation to the Tom Emmer-backing Minnesota Forward PAC about how they’re trying to influence elections. Which is true! But they’re also trying to elect an anti-gay candidate, something the company and its executives have a history of doing. Not that MoveOn.org doesn’t have a point: “Target’s refusal to acknowledge its customers’ outrage at their attempt to buy elections is scandalous,” executive director Justin Ruben says in a statement. “Americans have spoken: we don’t want corporations meddling in our democracy. Corporate money in elections is nothing more than political bribery and we’re not going to stop targeting Target until they stop trying to buy our elections.”

Fine, but this ad says none of that. It’s just an attempt to get people to be tacitly aware that Target is doing something people are waving a finger at. Instead, the spot looks like a third grader’s version of an actual Target commercial, which of course is intentional, but in 30 seconds provides zero information about what’s just so terrible about the company waging a political war with its billions.

If the Human Rights Campaign can’t get Target out of politics, can MoveOn.org?

Whatever. Target’s share are up.

    • Baxter

      Where was MoveOn during the first half of the year when labor unions were outspending corporations by 3 to 1? Or are they only against elections being bought by certain groups?

      Aug 17, 2010 at 6:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Michael

      Yesterday, Queerty, you thought these Glee wannabes were the best thing to ever happen to the human rights movement, and now you’re calling it “third grade”. Sounds to me like you are working a short sale of Target stock.

      Aug 17, 2010 at 7:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hephaestion

      The ad looks fine to me. Not stupid at all.

      Aug 17, 2010 at 8:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sceth

      The Gays are best served with pro-business policies. It’s not like we’re going to lose the bleeding-heart support of entities like MoveOn.

      Aug 17, 2010 at 10:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • McMike

      What’s wrong with this ad??? Queerty needs to STFU and stop acting like a bitter, old, jaded queen.

      Aug 17, 2010 at 10:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brett

      Why is Target being singled out? If MoveOn had an iota of moral fabric they would attack all corporations equally for donating to the democrats as well as the Republicans. Their founder/primary supporter wants nothing more than a Socialist States of America. He is pure scum and anything that his organization is for; I am against. I am going shopping at Target now.

      Aug 18, 2010 at 9:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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