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Liberals target Target for company’s right-wing ties

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The national fight over how political campaigns are financed came to Fort Greene on Tuesday as community activists rallied at the Atlantic Terminal Target to protest the retail company’s $150,000 donation to an anti-gay rights gubernatorial candidate in Minnesota.

It was one of 100 rallies around the country that calling for the end of unrestricted corporate spending on elections, which was made legal in a January Supreme Court ruling.

“I think Target will listen to large numbers of people across the country who are against companies funding political candidates,” said Shawn Marie Walsh, a Bed-Stuy resident who helped organize the rally.

Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio and Councilwoman Letitia James (D–Fort Greene) encouraged the participants in the protest, which was on Flatbush Avenue, to phone Target’s headquarters and demand that the company stop dishing out dough to political candidates.

Target, the second-largest discount retailer in the country, has underwritten ads for Rep. Tom Emmer, a Republican who opposes gay marriage. Many of the protesters — good Brooklyn liberals, all! — said support for a possible homophobe who is also “pro-gun, pro-life and pro-Arizona immigration law” in the words of one person at the rally makes them reluctant to support Target (even with its great back-to-school prices).

Target’s treasury is financing a candidate who is everything New Yorkers are not,” DeBlasio said.

But DeBlasio also complained of the larger issue — how corporations can now legally make contributions into the political system thanks to the supreme court ruling.

“I am sure many New Yorkers and consumers will join me in demanding that Target pledge to not spend another dime in our elections.”

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Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
How is what George Soros, or any other liberal group which donates money to Democratic candidates who promote left-wing ideology, any different than what Target did? Is it because Target's candidates don't subscribe to the Left's particular agendas?

"“I think Target will listen to large numbers of people across the country who are against companies funding political candidates,” said Shawn Marie Walsh, a Bed-Stuy resident who helped organize the rally."

That only applies to companies backing right-wing politcal candidates. Lefties would be exempt because they're so much more ideologically superior, right? The only thing the left is superior in, when compared to the right wing, is in hypocrisy.

Enough of the "gay rights" nonsense. Gays aren't a racial/ethnic group. Being gay isn't some culture, in the real sense of the word. It's nothing more than a lifestyle. The whole premise in using this euphemism is to validate their personal sexual practices. Don't even attempt to use the "homophobe" card. I don't have to agree with you; or you with my opinions. I have the right not to condone that particular practice. Just like a lot of other people.

If you're so dead against Target's campaign contributions to the candidates of their choice, start in your house first. The left holds no monopoly on moral values. Actually, they have none.
Aug. 18, 2010, 12:37 pm
Rico from Crown Heights says:
Sorry, Joe, your weak argument that gay rights are "nonsense" does nothing but illustrate your bigotry. Like the rest of your points, it doesn't hold water.
Sept. 2, 2010, 12:48 pm
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
Your response is pitiful. Sexual preference is a private choice. Nobody can be forced to accept what he/she considers offensive or distaseful. You resort to the typical liberal catch-all, "bigotry", so you won't be required to make a valid counterpoint. The reason for this is that you have nothing valid with which to refute my comments.

If you think my comments regarding corporate campaign contributions are wrong, you expose yourself as nothing more than a left-wing liberal hypocrite who believes in the freedom of speech, as long as what is said corresponds with your ideological agenda.
Sept. 2, 2010, 11:09 pm

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