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Lady Gaga axing Target deal over anti-gay donations

Lady Gaga fans won't be able to find an exclusive version of "Born This Way" at Target stores. The singer axed a deal to sell the album at the chain store, apparently because of Target's donations to an anti-gay candidate. "She and Target didn't see eye to eye on Target's policy of political donations and how they affect the LGBT community," a source told The Advocate.A rep for Gaga tells TODAY.co
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Lady Gaga fans won't be able to find an exclusive version of "Born This Way" at Target stores. The singer axed a deal to sell the album at the chain store, apparently because of Target's donations to an anti-gay candidate. "She and Target didn't see eye to eye on Target's policy of political donations and how they affect the LGBT community," a source told The Advocate.

A rep for Gaga tells TODAY.com, "Lady Gaga and Target came to a mutual decision to end their overall exclusive partnership a few weeks ago."

Last year, LGBT activists were among those who criticized Target for donating corporate funds to MN Forward, a political action committee that supported anti-gay candidate Tom Emmer in his run for governor of Minnesota (Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel did apologize for supporting Emmer).

Shortly after announcing her deal with Target, Gaga explained that she discussed her discomfort with the chain's political past. "Part of my deal with Target is that they have to start affiliating themselves with LGBT charity groups and begin to reform and make amends for the mistakes they've made in the past," Gaga told Billboard magazine. "Our relationship is hinged upon their reform in the company to support the gay community and to redeem the mistakes they've made supporting those [anti-gay] groups."

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