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Minnesota Forward is a "pro-business" political action group funded by locally-based corporations, established "to ensure that private-sector job creation and economic growth are at the top of the agenda during the 2010 campaign." Their mission statement says that "MN Forward is an effort by Minnesota job providers to elect a governor and state legislators who understand the importance of creating private-sector jobs and economic opportunity in our state." Their specific program for carrying this out is to slash the corporate tax rate and cut social services to match. (Translation: "Our backers want more money.")
Controversy over donations
In July 2010, as the result of a newly passed, bi-partisan campaign disclosure law, it was revealed that Target Corporation and Best Buy (both Minnesota-based corporations) gave $150,000 and $100,000 respectively to Minnesota Forward. These funds were subsequently spent on Tom Emmer campaign ads. This provoked some controversy and appalled the locals, especially in the case of Target, well-known for being a gay-friendly company. Various boycotts have been proposed and enacted, leading to Target issuing many apologies. It has not, however, gone so far as to donate an equal $150,000 to, for example, GLAAD or the Gay-Straight Alliance Network.
- Their home page