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U.S. Judge Won't Block MN Campaign Money Disclosure Law

Corporations contributing money to political campaigns in Minnesota and also wanting to keep their identities secret suffered a setback Monday when a U.S. district judge refused requests to freeze the law by groups challenging the legislation.

As NPR's Peter Overby reported for the network's newscast:

Minneapolis Target store

hide captionA Target store in downtown Minneapolis. 

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... Federal District Judge Donovan Frank in Saint Paul says he won't issue an injunction to block the disclosure law.

He gave his decision Monday. The next round of disclosure reports are due (Tuesday.)

Frank said that stopping disclosures would "clearly harm the state, Minnesota voters and the general public interest."

A state anti-abortion group, a taxpayers league and a business corporation are suing to overturn the disclosure law.

As Peter also explained, the Minnesota disclosure law is how it came to be known that Target and Best Buy gave money to MN Forward, a political group that was in turn financing ads on behalf of Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer.

Emmer opposes key parts of the gay-rights agenda, including state-sanctioned marriage.

Target, on the other hand, has worked hard to cultivate a gay-friendly image. Once its contribution became known, the company apologized amid anger from some quarters and protests and threats of a boycott.

Target, for one, says it contributed money to MN Forward because of the group's pro-business positions, not its stance on social issues.

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