Also Seeks Records of Collusions with Businesses Threatening Economic Blackmail
RALEIGH— The Civitas Institute and the NC Values Coalition announced today that a public records request has been delivered to NC Attorney General Roy Cooper to determine what communication has transpired between Cooper and the US Department of Justice, among others.
“Attorney General Roy Cooper has refused to defend North Carolina against business bullies and threats from federal bureaucrats,” said Civitas President Francis De Luca. “Instead of doing his job to defend a common sense law in our state that was passed in a bipartisan vote, Cooper has been colluding with business interests to commit economic blackmail against our state. Therefore it is plausible that he has been complicit in the recent federal blackmail from the Obama Administration. We hope to better understand his collusions with the business community against the economic interests of North Carolina and the extent of any collusion with the federal government against state interests.”
“It seems that Attorney General Roy Cooper, much like the Obama Administration, is willing to engage in political maneuvers to help his campaign. Based on information released to the public last week, we believe that the Attorney General has colluded with major corporate CEO’s to cause economic harm to the State of North Carolina by inciting them to threaten and bully the State. The public deserves to know whether the Attorney General is colluding in this blackmail and bullying. Let the nation hear loud and clear from the state of North Carolina: we will not be bullied, we will not be threatened, we will not cave to your political pandering and blackmail. We will however, stand firm to protect all North Carolinians’ right to privacy and safety in bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms” said Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the North Carolina Values Coalition.
Attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom, Kellie Fiedorek drew clarity on why HB 2 fully complies with federal law. Ms. Fiedorek said, “North Carolina’s bathroom privacy law, HB2, fully complies with federal law. It’s absurd to assert, as the Department of Justice does, that by placing the word ‘sex’ in federal nondiscrimination laws, Congress intended to force states to open their restrooms to people of the opposite biological sex. Governor McCrory and the state of North Carolina are fulfilling their duty to protect the privacy rights of their citizens. The DOJ should stop bullying North Carolina with falsehoods about what federal law requires.”
You can view a copy of our public records request here.
For more information, or to schedule an interview with Civitas President Francis De Luca, email Demi Dowdy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919.747.8059.
Founded in 2005, the Civitas Institute is a Raleigh, NC-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit policy organization committed to creating a North Carolina whose citizens enjoy liberty and prosperity derived from limited government, personal responsibility and civic engagement. To that end, Civitas develops and advocates for conservative policy solutions to improve the lives of all North Carolinians.