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North Carolina gubernatorial candidates raising big bucks off new anti-LGBTQ law

The state law went further by preventing others counties and cities from enforcing similar rules and requiring public schools and universities and government agencies to limit multistall bathrooms to people of the same biological sex only.

Cooper has said McCrory inserted discrimination into state law and created a “national embarrassment” that will lose the state jobs. More than 130 corporate executives — the latest include those from General Electric Co., Oracle and LabCorp.— have signed a letter demanding McCrory seek the law’s repeal.

“Together, we can take a stand against this law. Together, we can make our voices heard and say we won’t stand for bigotry and discrimination in North Carolina,” said the email fundraising plea, signed simply, “Roy.”

The state Democratic Party and state Senate leader Phil Berger also have tapped into anger about or defense of the ordinance with their own email and online donation pleas.

Pearce anticipates the controversy would benefit Cooper’s campaign finances more and expects he’s targeting cash support from business leaders in Charlotte, where McCrory was mayor for 14 years.

Republican consultant Dee Stewart, who is not working in the gubernatorial race, said he expects both candidates will benefit but the issue will motivate “low-dollar donors” more. He cautioned the shelf life of raising money off the law is limited and gubernatorial candidates will move to the next big thing that gets media attention.

“That’s just the nature of politics,” Stewart said.

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