NC law on discrimination, bathrooms aids campaign fundraising

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The nationwide flap about North Carolina’s new law blocking anti-discrimination rules covering the LGBT community is serving high-profile politicians seeking to fill their coffers for their gubernatorial clash this fall.

The campaigns of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper have been citing the conflict while soliciting donations. McCrory signed the law that responded to a Charlotte City Council ordinance. Cooper opposes the new law and said he won’t defend it in court.

The law went beyond stopping Charlotte’s rules and prevents other cities and counties from passing similar protections. It also tells schools and government agencies to limit multistall bathrooms to people of the same biological sex only.

The North Carolina gubernatorial race is expected to be one of the most expensive and competitive this year.

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