McCrory, GOP Lawmakers Have Already Spent $176,000 Defending HB2
As HB2 continues to damage our state, GOP lawmakers and Governor McCrory's legal fees for defending their discriminatory agenda are mounting up, with up to $176,000 in taxpayer money being spent. Looks like the money the state lawmakers raided for the disaster relief fund are going to be used much quicker than anticipated.
More than $176,000 in legal bills have been racked up by North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and state GOP legislative leaders to defend the law directing transgender people to use school or government restrooms corresponding to their birth certificate.
According to an Associated Press review of legal bills already submitted and made available through a public records request, law firms in Washington and Charlotte representing legislative leaders have charged more than $129,000 and McCrory's lawyers have billed nearly $47,000. This is only a partial tab of what state taxpayers are on the hook for as not all of the law firms working on the case have submitted invoices yet and the case is likely to take months if not years to resolve.
Last week, the NBA pulled its 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte because of the law, which denies anti-discrimination protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. That means an estimated lost economic impact of $100 million from the most high-profile event to announce its withdrawal.