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Published July 28, 2010, 07:54 AM

Target Donation Backlash

Target Corporation's CEO says its political donations to a Minnesota group helping the Republican gubernatorial candidate don't compromise the company's support of the gay community.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Target Corporation's CEO says its political donations to a Minnesota group helping the Republican gubernatorial candidate don't compromise the company's support of the gay community.

Chief Executive Gregg Steinhafel sent a letter to employees at Target's Minneapolis headquarters on Tuesday.

It says the company rarely endorses all positions of the organizations or candidates it supports, and adds, "We do not have a political or social agenda."

Steinhafel says he has been hearing from gay and lesbian employees concerned about Target's donations to a business-friendly group running ads for Tom Emmer, the presumptive Republican nominee. Emmer opposes gay marriage.

Steinhafel says the company's support of the gay community is "unwavering."

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