I got a response from Target and this is a good one.
Dear David Brooks,
Target has long believed that engaging in civic activities is an important and necessary element of operating a national retail business. What’s more important than any one candidate’s stance on a particular issue is how we nurture thoughtful, long-term growth in the state of Minnesota.
Our support of causes and candidates is based strictly on issues that affect our retail and business objectives. To continue to grow and create jobs and opportunity in our home state, we believe it is imperative to be engaged in public policy and the political process. That is why we are members of organizations like the Minnesota Business Partnership, the Chamber of Commerce and many others. And that is why we decided to contribute to MN Forward.
MN Forward’s objective is to elect candidates from both parties who will make job creation and economic growth a top priority. We operate best when working collaboratively with legislators on both sides of the aisle. In fact, if you look at our Federal PAC contributions year to date, you will see that they are very balanced between Republicans and Democrats. For more information please visit www.target.com/company, and view the Civic Activity page.
Target has a large stake in Minnesota’s future, which is why it is so important to be able to provide jobs, serve guests, support communities and deliver on our commitment to shareholders. As an international business that is proud to call Minnesota home, it is critical that we have a business environment that allows us to be competitive. Our guests, team members, communities and shareholders depend on Target to remain competitive.
Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback.
Target Executive Offices
Here is my simple response:
To whom it may concern:
Thank you for your response.
I am sorry that you believe that Tom Emmer will bring “thoughtful, long-term growth in the state of Minnesota.” The fact is that he will not. Due to your affirmation of his beliefs and your continuation to support his ultra right-wing ideology, I will not be able to support Target Corp. in any manner in the future.
Transparency in our Electoral process is important. It is good to know that Target believes Emmer will Create jobs and economic growth, regardless of his stances on civil rights, the environment, unemployment benefits, gay rights, or many other issues that he takes ultra right-wing stances on.
“Our support of causes and candidates is based strictly on issues that affect our retail and business objectives.”
That is very good to know that social stewardship, equal rights, civil rights, equal opportunity or many of these other issues are not important to Target when they decide to support a candidate. I get it, only economics matters to Target Corp.
Also, I would like to hear more about the economic theories as to why Emmer would best create jobs or economic growth. I assume that Target corp believes in trickledown economics then? What about unemployment benefits. I guess Emmer wanting to get rid of those benefits would also stimulate our economy?
I will be posting this on my websites as well. I will be quoting from this response.
This is not a single incident for Target.
Remember when they sold the highly offensive “Illegal Alien” outfit?