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Target Revises Political Giving Policy After Flap

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ST. PAUL (AP) — Target Corp. has revised its policy concerning political giving a few months after a controversy over its $150,000 donation to a business group that was backing a conservative Republican candidate for Minnesota governor.

Support by the group, MN Forward, to Republican Tom Emmer angered gay rights groups that had seen Target as an ally. Emmer, who lost the race to Democrat Mark Dayton, was an opponent of gay marriage and other gay-rights initiatives.

Target spokeswoman Jessica Carlson says Thursday the company reviewed its donation policies following the controversy.

Among the changes is the creation of a committee of senior executives responsible for guiding decisions about financial support of political activities. The committee will determine whether the company makes contributions directly to candidates, political parties or political committees like MN Forward.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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