3M Gives 100K To MN Forward To Elect Anti-Gay Tom Emmer. And Yes, 3M Also Has A 100% Rating From The HRC

Here we go again!

First TARGET and now 3M the technology, health care, security, tape and manufacturing giant has donated funneling some 100,000 dollars to MN Forward, the Minnesota business PAC that wants to elect Tom Emmer governor of the state, despite his opposition to basic things like gay rights, marriage equality and anti-bullying measures.

3M, like TARGET has a 100 percent rating in the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index and HRC’s Buying for Equality guide.  (HRC has dropped TARGET and BEST BUY from the guide since.  (Perhaps HRC should just DROP The Guide PERIOD)

3M is also using Target’s excuse to explain its donation, which only became public because of Minnesota’s election finance disclosure rules. “That donation is about advancing public policy that will foster a more competitive business environment,” says a 3M rep. (Meanwhile, notes the Minnesota Independent, “The company declined to elaborate further on the motivation for the contribution, and would not say if they were directly supporting Republican gubernatorial candidate Emmer. But a quick glance at MN Forward’s expenditure records reveals that any contribution to MN Forward essentially serves as a donation to Emmer rather than support for general ‘business policy.’ Over 95 percent of MN Forward’s campaign spending has been devoted to Minnesota’s gubernatorial campaign, with only minimal amounts directed at lower ballot races.”)

And yes HRC has “reached out” to 3M but isn’t commenting further until they hear back.  Even though its public news that they donated to MN Forward.

Trash those Post It’s girls!

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Will Kohler

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