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Target and Best Buy have given political contributions to Minnesota Forward, a political action committe (PAC) in Minnesota, which in turn used that money to fund campaign commercials for anti-LGBTQI gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. Target gave $150,000 to MN Forward. Best Buy gave $100,000 to MN Forward. Tom Emmer is currently the only candidate MN Forward is supporting.

This is problematic because Tom Emmer is virulently anti-LGBTQI. He's the only anti-gay marriage candidate in the Minnesota gubernatorial race. He authored legislastion that would affect LGBTQI parenthood and adoption (defining parents only as the binary "mother and father"). From Abe Sauer of The Awl: "He has also fought "partner" language in wrongful death legislation. Also, Tom Emmer donated to, and posed with, a Christian rock band that supported the practice of executing gays in some foreign countries. Emmer's campaign actually gave the band OVER the legal limit."

I used to work at Target. It's a soulless bureaucracy that gives lip service to equality and then does bullshit like this. The only reason Target has ever cared about LGBTQI people is for the power of the queer dollar. They want our money. Just remember, Target's keyword is "diversity", not "equality". They are not the same thing.

Target is, and has been for the last 10 years at least, as bad as Wal-Mart. They do all the same things Wal-Mart does. They've been sued (and lost) for ableism, sexism and racism. They've slashed hours, staff, benefits and bonuses for low-level employees, they've ratcheted down the raise process so that they don't have to give more than 15-25 cent annual raises, even for high performers, and they engage in union-busting. Their merchandise is made in the same kinds of sweatshops and with the same slave labor, it just looks nicer. Target is not the magical unicorn of big box retailers, they're the little brother who always gets away with everything.

Do not accept Target's excuse about serving business interests, they're trying to confuse the issue. The issue is that through their actions they've given legitimacy and funding to a man who doesn't care if LGBTQI people live or die. To a man who has already made a concerted effort to strip away LGBTQI rights. No politician is truly against business, it's political suicide. The bottom line is that if they help Tom Emmer get elected, they have done a disservice to ALL LGBTQI people in America, and especially to their employees.

You cannot be for LGBTQI rights and support people who are anti-LGBTQI because those two things cancel each other out. If anti-LGBTQI politicians get elected, they take away LGBTQI rights.

Read more about Target, Best Buy and Tom Emmer at The Awl.

Oh, and check this:

Target's CEO Gregg Steinhafel and his wife each made maximum level contributions of $5000 to "one of the most anti-gay politicians in the entire United States — Rep. Michele Bachmann". Normally, I wouldn't be all that interested in where Gregg Steinhafel makes his personal political contributions, other than to consider him a douchebag and move on, but I bring it up for a reason.

From the article at Change.org:
It also begs the question how a CEO can say that his company's "support for the GLBT community is unwavering," when he himself gives money to a politician who would write discrimination into the U.S. Constitution if she could, and who believes that gays and lesbians are a threat to children.


I also made this interesting discovery in my research: Target just appointed a new VP of Government Affairs, Matt Zabel, who was Chief of Staff to anti-gay U.S. Senator John Thune. So Target just appointed this guy 6 days ago on July 23rd, and they made a $150,000 donation at almost exactly the same time where the money ended up supporting an anti-LGBTQI candidate. Coincidence?

It should also be noted that the people on Target's Board of Directors include the CEO of Wells Fargo, EVP of McDonald's, CEO of Xerox, CFO of Eli Lilly, to name a few. Most of the people on Target's board of directors are also directors on other high profile boards, and many of them are on the boards of companies that the individual Target board members directly work for. It's all very, very, very incestuous. So you can see how a move like this by Target will be watched and studied by people who can influence not only our civil rights, but the entire world's economy. Target's and Best Buy's PAC contributions help to set a precedent. This is more important than just political contributions, it has the power to affect all of our lives.

Target and its spokespeople continue to defend their PAC contributions. Along with Best Buy, they refuse to apologize for the outcome of their actions, or repudiate Tom Emmer. They keep repeating themselves about this contribution being just for the sake of their business interests and they won't admit that there's more here at stake than just tax cuts.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

  • Don't spend your money at Target (or Best Buy).
    I know some people won't be able to or want to avoid Target. In that case, do something to offset funding their careless, damaging behavior.

  • Boost the signal.
    Write about this in your own journal or blog. Text it, Tweet it, put it on Facebook and MySpace. Tell people about it, talk about, let people know that Target and Best Buy are working against LGBTQI rights and are trying spin this story like it's no fault of their own. Feel free to copy and paste everything I wrote in this post. I abdicate copyright on this post. Take all of the phone numbers and email addresses and mail addresses. Use them.

  • Sign the Change.org petition.

  • Send the HRC letter.

  • Contact Target:

    • Target.com contact form.
    • Guest Relations: (800) 440-0680 (7am to 6pm CT, Monday through Friday)
      This one costs them money, use it.
    • Main Switchboard: (612)304-6073 (8am to 5pm CT, Monday through Friday)
    • Community Relations and Grants Information Hotline: (612) 696-6098

  • Contact the Executives at Target:

    • Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel
      gregg.steinhafel@target.com
      Phone: (612) 696-6234
      Fax: (612) 696-6325

      Assistant:
      Denise May
      denise.may@target.com
      612-696-6243

    • Matt Zabel, VP Govt Affairs
      matthew.zabel@target.com (I'm not sure if his email is working, I got a bounce back.)

    • Susan Kahn, VP Communications (PR)
      susan.kahn@target.com

    • Media Relations
      Eric Hausman
      612-761-2054

    • Communications
      Target
      1000 Nicollet Mall
      Minneapolis, MN 55403
      (612) 696-3400


    Phone numbers and emails for Gregg Steinhafel's direct reports:
    (if not listed, can also be contacted by email - firstname.lastname@target.com)

  • Doug Scovanner, EVP Finance & CFO
    (612)-761-6610

  • Jodee Kozlak, EVP Human Resources
    (612)-696-6111
    (name updated for typo, should work if you email her now)

  • Will Setliff, VP of Strategy & Innovation
    Will.Setliff@target.com

  • Beth Jacob, CIO
    beth.jacob@target.com

  • Terry Scully, President of Target Financial Services
    terry.scully@target.com

  • John Griffith, EVP Property Dev
    (612)-761-1487

  • Kathee Tesija, EVP Merchandising
    (612)-696-6134

  • Michael Francis, EVP Marketing
    (612)-696-2822

  • Mitch Stover, SVP Distribution
    (612)-304-2787

  • Stacia Andersen, President TSS
    (612)-696-2856

  • Tim Baer, EVP General Counsel
    (612)-696-6648

  • Troy Risch, EVP Stores
    (612)-696-2476


And because Target has partnerships with numerous celebrities and designers, why not contact them as well to let them know you won't be buying their brands?

Just a few names:

  • Issac Mizrahi
    Twitter @ issacmizrahi

    info@isaacmizrahiny.com

    For press queries
    Erika Stair
    erika@isaacmizrahiny.com

    For retail and couture queries
    Jayne Harkness
    jayne@isaacmizrahiny.com

  • Michael Graves Design Group

    Communications
    communications@michaelgraves.com

    Products Inquiries
    prodinq@michaelgraves.com

    Business Development Inquiries
    busdevinq@michaelgraves.com

  • Giada De Laurentiis
    via her website
    Twitter @GDeLaurentiis

  • Isabelle de Borchgrave
    Facebook
    info@isabelle-de-borchgrave.be

  • Rachel Ashwell Designs Inc
    Facebook
    6330 Arizona Cir
    Los Angeles, CA, 90045-1202
    Phone: (310) 258-0660
    Fax: (310) 258-0661
    info@shabbychicbrands.com

  • Thomas O'Brien
    Design Studio
    Phone: (212) 966-4700
    Fax: (212) 966-4701

  • Todd Oldham
    Phone: (212) 226-4668
    Fax: (212) 226-4873
    info@toddoldham.com

  • Stephen Burrows
    John Robert Miller
    Managing Director
    SBX Holdings LLC
    209 W 38th St, RM 1211
    New York, New York 10018
    Phone: (212) 391-9411
    Fax: (212) 921-4913
    jrm@stephenburrows.com

    News and Media
    City Girl Concepts
    Kendra Glen
    (917) 848-7274
    kendra@citygirlconcepts.com

    NewsMark Public Relations Inc.
    Mark Hopkinson
    (561) 852-5767
    pr@newsmarkpr.com

  • Marcus Samuelsson
    Twitter @ marcuscooks
    Press Inquiries
    Sarah Abell
    Baltz & Company
    (212) 982-8300 ext. 108
    sabell@baltzco.com

  • Zac Posen
    Public Relations
    pr@zacposen.com
    (212) 925-1263

  • William Rast (Justin Timberlake/Trace Ayala)
    Twitter @ williamrast
    Customer Service (6:30am to 5pm, Mon-Fri PST)
    (800) 977-9540
    Corporate Office:
    1212 S.Flower St. 5th Floor,
    Los Angeles, CA 90015, US

  • Justin Timberlake
    Twitter
    Facebook
    MySpace

  • Liberty of London
    Website contact form
    Phone: +44 (0)207 734 1234 (between 10am and 9pm, Monday to Saturday, and 12pm and 6pm on Sunday [London time])
    Liberty Store
    Regent Street
    London W1B 5AH

  • DwellStudio
    Twitter
    Facebook
    Blog (you can leave comments there)
    155 Sixth Ave
    7th Floor
    New York, NY 10013
    Phone: (877)-99-DWEL (10am-6pm EST, Monday-Friday)
    Phone: (212)219-9343
    Fax: (212) 219-9103
    Press inquiries
    Molly Peterson:
    mpeterson@dwellstudio.com
    press@dwellstudio.com

  • Liz Lange
    Twitter
    Facebook
    CORPORATE
    Bluestar Alliance
    1370 Broadway, Suite 1107
    New York, NY 10018
    (212) 290-1370
    Stefani Burns
    sburns@bluestarall.com

    PUBLIC RELATIONS
    Liz Lange Collections
    Alison Brod, PR
    463 7th Avenue, Suite 1402
    New York, NY 10018
    Phone: (212) 244-1322

    ALISON BROD PUBLIC RELATIONS
    Twitter
    373 Park Avenue South, 4th Floor
    New York, NY 10016
    Phone: (212) 230-1800
    Fax: (212) 230-1161
    info@alisonbrodpr.com


  • Shaun White
    Twitter @ shaun_white


Contact other departments, vendors, purveyors, buyers, etc.
Feel free to contact these people and let them know that you won't be buying any of the products they represent because of Gregg Steinhafel's and Target's monetary contributions to anti-LGBTQI politicians.

  • Target Corporation
    Investors
    John Hulbert
    612-761-6627
    investorrelations@target.com

  • Community Giving
    Kristen Jones
    Imre Communications
    909 Ridgebrook Road
    Baltimore, MD 21152-9451
    (410) 821-8220
    kristenj@imrecommunications.com

  • Arts
    Lindsay Muller
    Imre Communications
    909 Ridgebrook Road
    Baltimore, MD 21152-9451
    410-821-8220
    lindsaym@imrecommunications.com

  • Education
    Christine Marra
    MWW Group
    cmarra@mww.com

  • Electronics
    Julia Roether TriplePoint PR
    530 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 203
    Santa Monica, CA 90401
    310-587-9200
    jroether@triplepointpr.com

  • Fashion, Trend Accessories
    Emily Hofstetter
    Laforce + Stevens
    132 West 21st Street
    New York City, NY 10011
    212.242.9353
    Hofstetter@Laforce-Stevens.com

  • Converse One Star
    Gabby Sabharwal
    Laforce + Stevens
    GSabharwal@Laforce-Stevens.com

  • Designer Collaborations
    Lauren Kanter
    LaForce & Stevens
    lkanter@laforce-stevens.com

  • GO International
    Lisa Frank
    LaForce + Stevens
    lfrank@laforce-stevens.com

  • Harlem Designers
    Karla Misjan
    LaForce + Stevens
    kmisjan@laforce-stevens.com

  • Mossimo Giannulli
    Mackenzie Dougherty
    Laforce + Stevens
    MDougherty@LaForce-Stevens.com

  • Liz Lange, Grocery, Health and Nutrition, LIFELong Pet Food, Owned Brands (owned by Target, such as Circo, Cherokee, Utillity, etc.), Store Formats, Target Baby
    Brandy Bartels
    Kaplow
    19 West 44th Street, Suite 601
    New York, NY 10036
    212-221-1713
    bbartels@kaplowpr.com

  • Home, Dwell Studio for Target, Isabelle Party by Isabelle de Borchgrave, Michael Graves, Simply Shabby Chic by Rachel Ashwell, Thomas O'Brien Vintage Modern Collection
    Jessica Joyce
    Kaplow
    jjoyce@kaplowpr.com

  • Giada De Laurentiis for Target, Liberty of London, Back to School + Back to College 2010
    Andres Ortega
    Kaplow
    aortega@kaplowpr.com

  • Summer 2010, Sustainability, Holiday 2010
    Danielle Ratner
    Kaplow
    dratner@kaplowpr.com

  • Seasonal
    Gloria Quinn
    Kaplow
    gquinn@kaplowpr.com

  • Multicultural Communications
    Target
    1000 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, Mn 55403
    612-696-3400
    Target.Communications@target.com

  • Hispanic Initiatives
    Iveliesse Malave Fleishman Hillard Hispania
    Two Alhambra Plaza Suite 700
    Miami, FL 33134
    305.520.9037
    iveliesse.malave@fleishman.com

  • Hispanic Initiatives
    Nathalie Alberto
    Fleishman-Hillard
    2800 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Suite 1400
    Coral Gables, FL 33134
    305.520.9030
    Nathalie.alberto@fleishman.com

  • African American Initiatives
    Heather Woodard
    Fleishman-Hillard
    200 North Broadway
    St. Louis, MO 63102
    314-982-0289
    heather.woodard@fleishman.com

  • IndyCar Racing
    Kelby Krauss
    7777 Woodland Drive
    Indianapolis, IN 46278
    317-802-0000
    kkrauss@ganassi.com

  • NASCAR Racing
    Shayna Keller
    Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
    8500 Westmoreland Drive
    Concord, NJ 28027
    704-662-9642
    skeller@ganassi.com

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