Remember when North Carolina's Gov. Pat McCrory said he had "not had one company say they're moving out of North Carolina" due to the state's new anti-LGBT law? Well, PayPal announced Tuesday it was withdrawing plans to open an operations center in Charlotte, "the most dramatic display yet of corporate opposition to House Bill 2 and one that will cost the city more than 400 jobs," reports the Charlotte Observer.
At a Tuesday press conference, McCrory had no interest in reassessing his earlier statement.
Meanwhile, the state Republican Party launched a campaign of retribution against PayPal, accusing the company of "violating economic sanctions" in multiple countries, among other things. Here's part of what North Carolina GOP Vice-Chairman Michele Nix said in a statement released to the press:
So after PayPal was forced to settle after violating economic sanctions on Cuba, Sudan, and Iran, and even processed payments for someone looking to buy nuclear-weapon technology on the black market, the California-based company now has a problem doing business in North Carolina?
Just wow—North Carolina’s Republican Party has really gone off the rails. So if you're a company looking to expand in North Carolina and decide to stand on principle, better get ready for the GOP smear campaign that's coming your way!