After failing to secure an equal donation for pro-gay candidates from Target, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is expected to make the donation itself.

In an interview with the AP, HRC president Joe Solmonese said he would announce the donation Saturday night at the group's annual Twin Cities dinner in Minneapolis.

The donation is a response to Minnesota-based Target donating $150,000 to the group MN Forward, an independent political fund supporting Tom Emmer, the anti-gay Republican nominee for Minnesota governor.

The retail giant apologized for the donation but rejected a request by HRC, the nation's largest gay rights advocate, to give an equal amount of money to a pro-gay candidate. HRC has already said it would drop Target and electronics retailer Best Buy, which also contributed to MN Forward, from its annual Buying for Equality Guide.

Solmonese said the group may spend more in Minnesota, a state teetering on the edge of legalizing gay marriage.

“We've understood long before the Target situation that Minnesota was poised, as is New York, to be the next state to win marriage equality,” Solmonese told the AP.

The group will divide the money between WIN Minnesota, a progressive political fund backing Democrat Mark Dayton, OutFront Minnesota, the state's largest gay rights advocate, and individual candidates, with WIN Minnesota expected to receive the lion's share.

Gay rights activists and progressive group began a campaign to boycott Target after its donation came to light.