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When You Go To Buy Last Minute Christmas Gifts At Target, Remember: The Company Continued Donating To Bigots

Do you continue seeing your friends, even your gay friends, check in on Foursquare to their local Target and think to yourself, “But don’t they know this company donated to anti-gay politicians?” And then maybe you think, “Well, Target apologized for it, and I can’t imagine a giant corporation would be insincere about their commitment to the LGBT community.” Well, you would be wrong: Even after CEO Gregg Steinhafel apologized for his donations to the Tom Emmer-backing MN Forward PAC, and said “later this fall, Target will take a leadership role in bringing together a group of companies and partner organizations for a dialogue focused on diversity and inclusion in the workplace, including GLBT issues,” Steinhafel continued directing Target’s political cash to anti-gay candidates. A whole freaking slew of them, in fact. Like John Kline and Erik Paulsen, two Tea Party candidates and giant bigots, whose donations from Target appeared after the company tried apologizing to The Gays. And so while Target’s most publicized donations, to Tom Emmer, yielded a loss in the gubernatorial race, it’s not as if the retailer didn’t try fixing other races in its anti-gay favor. It’s just business though, right?