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Gregg Steinhafel, incoming CEO of Target Corp in Target's Corporate headquarters on Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis.

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Target still taking heat for political donation

  • Star Tribune
  • August 7, 2010 - 12:38 AM

A liberal lobbying group is continuing to stoke the political firestorm that has engulfed Target Corp. over its political donations.

MoveOn.org representatives gave company officials an online petition containing 260,000 signatures of people who say they won't shop at Target "until it stops trying to buy elections."

Representatives of the organization presented the petitions at noon Friday at Target's downtown Minneapolis headquarters, accompanied by protesters.

Protests also were planned outside other stores of the nation's second-largest discounter.

MoveOn's action comes a day after Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel apologized to employees for the $150,000 the company donated to MN Forward, a pro-business group backing Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer.

Emmer's stance against same-sex marriage galvanized opposition from liberal and gay rights groups.

MoveOn spokeswoman Ilyse Hogue issued a statement Friday saying Steinhafel's apology "amounts to nothing more than saying 'I'm sorry I got caught, I'll be more careful next time.' This is completely unacceptable."

MN Forward, created by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the Minnesota Business Partnership, has raked in $700,000 from Minnesota companies, including Best Buy, Regis Corp., Polaris, Securian and Hubbard Broadcasting.

BOB VON STERNBERG

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