RALEIGH, NC— Corporations like American Airlines(AAL), Red Hat (RHT), Wells Fargo (WFC), PayPal (PYPL) and others are shamefully bullying the state of North Carolina and Governor Pat McCrory after HB2 was signed into law, which effectively overturned Charlotte’s harmful business ordinance. Corporations should be focused on turning a profit and caring for their customers. American Airlines, Red Hat, and others have been the recipients of thousands of dollars in taxpayer dollars in the form of incentives. North Carolinians should be aware of this so they have the opportunities to be consumers of companies that are congruent with their values. PayPal expressed disappointment over the Bill but just 4 days ago, announced an agreement with Gov McCrory to receive up to 2.9 million dollars as part of an incentive package that will bring 400 jobs to the state.

The following companies have publicly issued statements or tweets against HB2.


1) News & Observer

2) NC Policy Watch

3) Storify.com

4) Huffington Post

5) Charlotte Observer


Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the North Carolina Values Coalition said, “After receiving thousands and thousands of taxpayer dollars in corporate incentives off the hardworking backs of North Carolinians, American Airlines now blatantly slaps us across the face. American Airlines would not be doing business in North Carolina if they were not making a profit, yet these big out-of-state corporations are bullying North Carolinians. I would like to be a fly on the wall in American Airlines’ shareholder meetings as they try to justify why they have chosen to side with convicted sex offenders and not the common sense consumers who buy their airline tickets and believe that all women and children should be protected. Consumers should know that buying a ticket on American Airlines is funding convicted sex offenders and their values.”


Furthermore, the economic climate of North Carolina is strong and thriving because of the thousands of successful small business owners that choose to do business in our state.


Spokeswoman of #KeepNCsafe Coalition, Kami Mueller, weighed in, “The vast majority of tax returns in the state of North Carolina are LLC’s and s-corps, only going to prove that our thriving economy is built on the backbones of hardworking small business owners in North Carolina. We don’t need the values of outsiders dictating how we conduct business as a state. I commend the leadership of Governor Pat McCrory and our General Assembly who are wise enough to see that our consistent standing of being in the top five states in the nation in which to do business is due to the thousands and thousands of small business owners in North Carolina who vote their values, and 69% of them thought Charlotte’s harmful bathroom ordinance was ‘unreasonable and unsafe.’”


At the time of this release, over 320 business owners have signed a letter thanking Governor Pat McCrory and the General Assembly for signing HB2 into law overturning Charlotte’s harmful Bathroom Ordinance for the protection of businesses, women, and children in North Carolina. If you have not signed this business letter and would like to do so, KeepNCSafe.org/business-impact/

See other corporations who have received NC taxpayer incentives:

If you have media inquiries, please contact Kami Mueller at [email protected] or by phone at 765-215-1334.

The Charlotte Observer’s list of companies opposed to HB2 includes (As of 4/6/16)

Against HB2:
Among the companies, groups and individuals that have publicly stated their opposition to the new law:LionsgateA+E network






The Dow Chemical Company

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Smiles by Payet Family Dentistry

Northrop Grumman

Barnes and Noble

Sivan Capri Agency

Ralph Lauren

American Apparel




Choice Hotels International

Pandora Media

EMC Corporation


Bank of America

Wells Fargo

American Airlines

Lowe’s Cos.





Levi Strauss & Co.

Encore Music Publishers



Red Hat





Pfizer Inc.







TD Bank













Replacements, Ltd.




Matrix Partners

Cisco Systems






Marriott International




Saturday Brand Communications

The Common Market (Charlotte)

Smash Communications

Singley + Mackie

Singley Content Studios

Adam Shankman, director and producer

Rob Reiner, director

Duke University

Davidson College

State of New York

State of Vermont

State of Washington

State of Minnesota

City of Atlanta

City of San Francisco

City of Boston

City of Seattle

City of West Palm Beach, Fla.

ACPA-College Student Educators International

NC League of Municipalities

The American Kennel Club

Human Rights Campaign

Equality NC

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network

American Society of Association Executives

Computer & Communications Industry Association

Consumer Technology Association

Software & Information Industry Association

Motion Picture Association of America

Ric Elias, CEO of Red Ventures

Casey Wasserman, President and CEO of the Wasserman Foundation

Steven R. Boal, CEO, Quotient Technology Inc.

Brandee Barker, Cofounder, The Pramana Collective

Michael Birch, Founder, Blab

Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar, co-CEOs, Atlassian

Lorna Borenstein, CEO, Grokker

Vice Forlenza, Chairman, CEO and President, BD

Paul T. Dacier, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, EMC Corporation

Brad Brinegar, Chairman and CEO, McKinney

Lloyd Carney, CEO, Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.

Ron Conway, Founder and Co-Managing Partner, SV Angel

Dean Debnam, Chairman and CEO, Workplace Options

David Ebersman, Cofounder and CEO, Lyra Health

Jared Fliesler, General Partner, Matrix Partners

Jason Goldberg, CEO, Pepo

Mike Gregoire, CEO, CA Technologies

Alan King, President and COO, Workplace Options

Kristen Koh Goldstein, CEO, BackOps

Mitchell Gold, co-founder and chair-man, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Paul Graham, Founder, Y Combinator

David Hassell, CEO, 15Five

Dave Imre, Partner and CEO, IMRE

Dev Ittycheria, President & CEO, MongoDB

Laurene Powell Jobs, President, Emerson Collective

Cecily Joseph, VP Corporate Responsibility and Chief Diversity Officer, Symantec Corporation

Joshua Kushner, Managing Partner, Thrive Capital

Max Levchin, CEO, Affirm

Dion Lim, CEO, NextLesson

Shan-lyn Ma, CEO, Zola

Bill Maris, CEO, Google Ventures

Melody McCloskey, CEO, StyleSeat

Douglas Merrill, CEO, Zestfinance

Dyke Messinger, President and CEO, Power Curbers Inc.

Michael Natenshon, CEO, Marine Layer

Alexi G. Nazem, Cofounder and CEO, Nomad Health

Laurie J. Olson, EVP, Strategy, Portfolio and Commercial Operations, Pfizer Inc.

Evan Reece, CEO, Liftopia

Stan Reiss, General Partner, Matrix Partners

John Replogle, CEO, Seventh Generation

Dan Rosensweig, CEO, Chegg

Kevin P. Ryan, Founder and Chairman, Alleycorp

Bijan Sabet, General Partner, Spark Capital

Julie Samuels, President, Engine

David A. Shaywitz, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer, DNAnexus

Behshad Sheldon, President and CEO, Braeburn Pharmaceuticals

Mark Trudeau, President and CEO, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

David Spector, Cofounder, ThirdLove

Bret Taylor, CEO, Quip

Todd Thibodeaux, CEO, CompTIA

David Tisch, Managing Partner, BoxGroup

Kevin A. Trapani, President and CEO, The Redwood Groups

Bob & Harvey Weinstein, Co-Founders and Co-Chairmen, The Weinstein Company

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