Gianforte Won't Speak About Discrimination Laws But His $1.2M in Donations Do
Job-killing discrimination is now the law of the land in Indiana, North Carolina, and Mississippi, leaving many Montanans asking where Greg Gianforte stands on these laws.
As Governor Steve Bullock and Senator Jon Tester urge businesses who are leaving North Carolina to relocate to Montana, Gianforte still refuses to answer the question if he would sign North Carolina's HB2 law or other job-killing discrimination laws passed in Indiana and Mississippi.
Gianforte's actions, however, show his full support for these job-killing discrimination laws. Gianforte gave $1.2 million to the following groups who have advocated and applauded these discrimination laws:
- $58,500 from Gianforte to Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal group that champions, funds, and works to pass these discrimination laws across the country, praised the recent legislation in North Carolina and Mississippi.
- $637,557 from Gianforte to the Montana Family Foundation that worked to kill non-discrimination ordinances across Montana, applauded the most recent legislation passed in North Carolina.
- $515,000 from Gianforte to Focus on the Family that advocated for these discrimination laws across the country, calling "homosexuality" "preventable and treatable." Focus on the Family's policy arm, Citizenlink also supported North Carolina's HB2 law.
- $14,000 from Gianforte to the known hate group, Family Research Council. Family Research Council applauded the job-killing discrimination laws passed in Mississippi, North Carolina, and Indiana.
- $37,500 from Gianforte to the New Jersey Family Policy Council that supports the widely discredited "gay conversion therapy" practices and praised the most recent discrimination law passed in North Carolina.
“It’s time for Greg Gianforte to come clean with Montanans: Would he sign a North Carolina-style bill as governor?"Said Jason Pitt, a spokesperson for the Montana Democratic Party. "It’s shocking that Gianforte refuses to answer this question that is critical to Montana’s business climate."
Yesterday, PayPal announced it was withdrawing its plans to open a new global operations center in Charlotte that would have employed 400 people because of the discriminatory legislation signed into law by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory.
Over 90 business leaders and CEOs have also come out against the legislation. Indiana's discrimination law, passed last year, has so far cost Indiana's economy $60 million in lost revenue.