August 9, 2010
The Citizens United Boomerang
Will the message you pay for be the message that is heard? The retail giant, Target, is receiving unwanted attention for a $150,000 contribution that the corporation made to a political group that backs pro-business candidates for statewide office in Minnesota. In an attempt to exercise its First Amendment right to free speech, Target has instead found controversy due to a supported-candidate’s position on social issues. Target's quandary underscores why many companies are taking a “go slow” approach to their new found freedom to engage in political speech.