Under fire, Target CEO defends electi...

Under fire, Target CEO defends election spending

There are 183 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jul 27, 2010, titled Under fire, Target CEO defends election spending. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Addressing criticism of how the company is exercising its newfound political spending rights, Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel today sent a letter to employees defending the company's record on gay rights.

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Jon

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Jul 27, 2010
It IS possible to be active in politics without being only interested in one single topic!
Really

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Jul 27, 2010
I guess target's $150,000 is going to waste as Emmer is a dumb a s s!

“I am always right.”

Since: Oct 09

Former MN Taxpayer

#3 Jul 27, 2010
Target is a Wal-Mart wanna-be. And now their CEO is a Arkansas wanna-be.

Being supportive in words to the gay community does not speak as loudly as giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to Republi-thugs and trying to hide it behind something called MN Backward.

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NoSht

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Jul 27, 2010
Why exactly would a corporate CEO donate money to a candidate that is anti-business such as Dayton/Entenza/MAK? I wouldn't.

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Jeremy Powers

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Jul 27, 2010
I am so glad the State of Minnesota lowered corporate income taxes in the year 2000 so that Target now has more money to tell us who we should vote for.
757driver

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Jul 27, 2010
Congrats for sticking up for your right to make money Greg!
Joe Merlot

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Jul 27, 2010
IrishMN wrote:
Target is a Wal-Mart wanna-be. And now their CEO is a Arkansas wanna-be.
Being supportive in words to the gay community does not speak as loudly as giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to Republi-thugs and trying to hide it behind something called MN Backward.
So target's internal policies regarding GLBT employee's doesn't indicate to you that they are supportive?

Further, what do you think is more important to Target in the arena of public policy, tax policy or social policy? Are you really so stupid as not to recognize that a corporate legal entity is going to be more concerned about tax policy and thus will support candidates with conservative tax policies? Really?

Nah, a business's sole purpose is to support social causes not to provide earnings for their shareholders.

You flippin lunk head.

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Joe Merlot

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Jul 27, 2010
Jeremy Powers wrote:
I am so glad the State of Minnesota lowered corporate income taxes in the year 2000 so that Target now has more money to tell us who we should vote for.
How are they telling you who to vote for by making a campaign donation? Further, do you have the same issue for Education MN who has donated about 10 times as much to liberal PAC's?

How about a little consistency instead of hypocrisy.

I absolutely can't wait until the libs get shuffled to the place that suits them, watchdog minority. They are great at shooting holes in other's idea's but have no clue how to address the state/countries problems on their own. Shooting holes in others idea's from the cheap seats actually does provide a service as it aides critical thinking. Yup, Dems need to be the obnoxious minority and sitting in the cheap seats. It's what they do best.

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rjon

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Jul 27, 2010
Does anyone else see the double standard here?
Buying votes with corporate profits, the American way and legal too. Corporate-cronyism at it's finest.
Good luck with that Greg but don't hurt yourself sitting on the fence!?
Matt

Plymouth, MN

#11 Jul 27, 2010
IrishMN wrote:
Target is a Wal-Mart wanna-be. And now their CEO is a Arkansas wanna-be.
Being supportive in words to the gay community does not speak as loudly as giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to Republi-thugs and trying to hide it behind something called MN Backward.
Seriously? Becuase there is a PAC organization that businesses can contribute towards and back canidates - makes the Target CEO an Arkansas wannabe? You moron. Everything is so f'ing one sided for liberals that you have these blinders on and look into things way too deep. Here is shocker - I am a Republican that disagrees with the politics that go into gay marriage rights. Bottom line - if two guys (or women) want to get "married" - go ahead! It's not my say if you want to do so or not - whatever makes you happy, go do it.
got it backwards

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Jul 27, 2010
Joe Merlot wrote:
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How are they telling you who to vote for by making a campaign donation? Further, do you have the same issue for Education MN who has donated about 10 times as much to liberal PAC's?
How about a little consistency instead of hypocrisy.
I absolutely can't wait until the libs get shuffled to the place that suits them, watchdog minority. They are great at shooting holes in other's idea's but have no clue how to address the state/countries problems on their own. Shooting holes in others idea's from the cheap seats actually does provide a service as it aides critical thinking. Yup, Dems need to be the obnoxious minority and sitting in the cheap seats. It's what they do best.
Edu. MN is a democracy, Target is a dictatorship. BIG difference.
Corporations are not citizens, why are they allowed to buy the vote?

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Bobster

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Jul 27, 2010
Businesses support candidates for business reasons. How hard is that to grasp? You can support a candidate for whatever reason you wish. If you don't like it, too bad. I support Target's honesty and will continue to shop there.
Bobster

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Jul 27, 2010
got it backwards wrote:
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Edu. MN is a democracy, Target is a dictatorship. BIG difference.
Corporations are not citizens, why are they allowed to buy the vote?
Target is a corporation. You can buy stock and vote at shareholder meetings.

Since: Apr 09

Twin Cities

#15 Jul 27, 2010
As a former Target employee and current stock holder, I find this unacceptable. I will boycott Target, advocate for others too also, and sell my holdings in this company. I do not beleive it is either claim for the reason why they have made this immoral donation. It isn't that Target supports Emmers gross social policies, Target has always promoted a liberal social agenda, nor do I beleive it is Emmer's abbysmal fiscal plan to follow flawplenty's failed economic policies. It is personal against Dayton. It is apparent and it is disgusting. Bye Target.
Note: This will be the result of the citizen's united supreme court ruling. The top conservative companies and probably the top liberal companies will see their profits shrink, possibly by half for playing along in this game. Sorry Target, you WILL lose for this.

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Don Shelby

South Saint Paul, MN

#16 Jul 27, 2010
I find it particularly telling that the Target CEO gave money to Emmer instead of Mark Dayton, presumably a large Target shareholder..............
no problem

Lindstrom, MN

#17 Jul 27, 2010
They treat their employees like crap so they might as well donate to crappy candidate
Don Shelby

South Saint Paul, MN

#18 Jul 27, 2010
got it backwards wrote:
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Edu. MN is a democracy, Target is a dictatorship. BIG difference.
Corporations are not citizens, why are they allowed to buy the vote?
Education Minnesota is a Hypocrisy, not a democracy.

Since: Apr 09

Twin Cities

#19 Jul 27, 2010
NoSht wrote:
Why exactly would a corporate CEO donate money to a candidate that is anti-business such as Dayton/Entenza/MAK? I wouldn't.
The CEO can donate to whoever HE chooses, but he is not spending his money, he is spending the shareholder's money in this donation and many of us were Target shareholders because of the good liberal policies they adhered to. Bye bye Target.
Don Shelby

South Saint Paul, MN

#20 Jul 27, 2010
orreljw wrote:
As a former Target employee and current stock holder, I find this unacceptable. I will boycott Target, advocate for others too also, and sell my holdings in this company. I do not beleive it is either claim for the reason why they have made this immoral donation. It isn't that Target supports Emmers gross social policies, Target has always promoted a liberal social agenda, nor do I beleive it is Emmer's abbysmal fiscal plan to follow flawplenty's failed economic policies. It is personal against Dayton. It is apparent and it is disgusting. Bye Target.
Note: This will be the result of the citizen's united supreme court ruling. The top conservative companies and probably the top liberal companies will see their profits shrink, possibly by half for playing along in this game. Sorry Target, you WILL lose for this.
SELL, SELL, SELL..........then you have no say, not that your 3 shares have much impact anyway.
what a waste

Minneapolis, MN

#21 Jul 27, 2010
Target is very "liberal" in more than their stated social policies toward gays. Pushing out competition to the detriment of choice is anything but conservative. Centralizing business powers (and thus the political landscape) is at the heart of "liberalism." It worked in Germany, and it can work again, apparently. Target, Uber Alas. The Red Circle Store, supporting Red Stars everywhere. Take a look around! Where is your choice in consumer goods going? To a centralized few that wish to tell us how to live! Control the money, control the goods, the social policies will then follow until there is NO choice in any matter of life.

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