The shots aimed at Target over its $150,000 gift to MN Forward, which is touting anti-gay marriage Republican Tom Emmer for governor, have created a dilemma for the handful of DFL legislators the pro-business political fund endorsed this week. Would Sens. Terri Bonoff and James Metzen and Rep. Gene Pelowski say thanks, no thanks, or something else in response to the business group's endorsement?
Bonoff, of Minnetonka, issued a masterful response Friday that opted for "something else." She'll take the corporate praise, but clearly isn't keen on the legal change that made it possible.
“I have always worked hard to maintain a constructive relationship with the business community that puts the needs of our state first. I’m also proud to have a voting record that reflects my commitment to equal rights for the gay and lesbian community, opportunity for working families, and the importance of a high-quality education," Bonoff said.
“I am, however, concerned about the effect of the Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United case, which opened the door to direct corporate spending in political campaigns. This new influx of money, combined with self-financing millionaire candidates, threatens to drown out the voice of the people who are supposed to be deciding our elections.