Avoiding Target When I Need New Hangers And Vacuum Cleaner Bags

I’m pretty much a clothes horse. I spend a decent amount of money on colorful clothing that expresses my moods — Hey, I’m a colorful person.

Thumbnail Link: Mission Valley Mall in San Diego, CaliforniaRight now, I’m finding I need more hangers with little shoulder notches because I don’t have enough of these hangers for my tees and tank tops to hang upon in my closet.

And too, my vacuum cleaner bag is getting full, and I need to buy some more bags pretty soon.

Normally, I’d just head off to the local Target at the Mission Valley Mall and grab some hangers and vacuum cleaner bags. Not now though. I’ve had one of those “stop and think” moments about where I spend my pink dollars.

Image: Stoplight, Flashing RedTarget and Best Buy have now joined McDonalds and Denny’s as businesses I choose to avoid, when possible. This is because the parent company of Target and Best Buy donated 0,000.00 to a political PAC that is working anti-LGBT gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer (Republican, Minnesota) elected. (Target/Best Buy made that donation to MN Forward.)

Quoting The Daily Beast‘s Target’s Political Agenda?:

Is the you spend on a shirt at Target going toward anti-gay groups? Target gave 0,000 to MN Forward, a political group that has endorsed and pays for ads for Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, a fervent opponent of gay marriage. Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel denied any political agenda in an email to staffers, and insisted the Target’s support for the GLBT community is “unwavering.” Despite Target’s defense, a Facebook group called “Boycott Target Until They Cease Funding Anti-Gay Politics” already has 5,000 members. Best Buy also defended its 0,00 contribution to MN Forward, and said the corporation supported the group because it makes “jobs and economic issues a top priority in this election.” Corporations only recently became allowed to donate money to campaign advertising following the Supreme Court’s January ruling reversing campaign finance laws that had prevented their involvement.

Some “unwavering support” by Target, eh? Donating to a candidate who has not exactly been a friend to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. To quote Abe Sauer at The AWL:

Emmer says marriage “is the union between one man and one woman” and he supports the constitutional marriage amendment defining marriage as such.

The AWL has given us even more information on Emmer’s position on LGBT civil rights (as well as a take on the choice Target has made in choosing a “pro-business” candidate over LGBT community members and allies)  in their piece Real America: Target CEO Chooses “Business” over Gay Rights:

Some of the details about Emmer’s anti-gay positions are only now getting more attention. For example, while his position against gay marriage was well known, his direct support for a group that advocates the execution of homosexuals overseas is just now receiving wider exposure (even though his possible finance violation associated with this group was known back in May).

There’s more in that articles from The AWL about how anti-progressive Tom Emmer is that you may want to read up on, but this gem from the first The AWL piece I linked to kinda sums up where this guy Emmer is coming from:

Emmer is popular with the Tea Party and has its “official” support, as much as anything is official in the party’s terrorism-cell-like structure. Not surprisingly, he also has the support of Sarah Palin. She endorsed him as a “hockey dad.”

Target’s CEO sent out an internal memo to their staff that’s included below the fold:
From the internal memorandum from Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel, as reported by The AWL:
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—  John Wright