The Citizens United Boomerang

08.09.2010

By: Rebecca Moll Freed

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.

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