By  on June 13, 2012

Target continues to be haunted by its August 2010 contribution of $150,000 to MN Forward, an organization that backed a Republican gubernatorial candidate opposed to gay marriage. The topic reared its head at the company’s June 2011 annual meeting, when speaker after speaker criticized chairman Gregg Steinhafel, who finally said, “We’ve sufficiently addressed that topic. We want to move forward and not reflect on the past.”

On Wednesday, that same $150,000 contribution loomed over Target’s 2012 annual shareholders meeting, held in a U.S. Historic Landmark building at 1 South State Street in Chicago, where a CityTarget will open next month. Before the meeting, Common Cause Illinois and the Coalition for Justice and Respect, among other groups, held a rally at Daley Park, protesting Target’s use of shareholder money to fund political campaigns.

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