WASHINGTON — Target is in negotiations to match its $150,000 contribution to MN Forward by giving an equivalent amount to gay rights groups and candidates, according to a report.
POLITICO’s Jeanne Cummings said the firm is looking at the contribution in hopes that it would put the blowback over the contribution behind it. Wrote Cummings:
According to sources close to the talks, Target is being urged to match the $150,000 it gave to finance pro-Emmer ads through the pro-business group MN Forward with another set of donations to pro-gay-rights candidates and groups in Minnesota. Gay rights supporters also are pressing for a national charitable donation.
And Best Buy, which chipped in $100,000 to air the pro-Emmer ads but avoided criticism because of the timing of its campaign disclosure reports, could soon find itself in the center of the storm as well.
“The great irony to all of this is, both of these companies have been stellar performers on our Corporate Responsibility Index,” said Fred Sainz, [Human Rights Campaign’s] vice president for communications. The index is based on corporate commitment to workplace diversity and inclusion.