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Retailer Target was once seen as a paragon of social responsibility. The company offers scholarships and steers 5% of profits to programs in the communities in which its stores are located. As recently as 2008, socially responsible investment firms hailed it as a model business. Then last summer, Target became a target–of a boycott by activists angry that the company contributed $150,000 to Minnesota Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, known for his opposition to gay marriage.

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