Marketing Firm Red Ventures To Join Paypal In Pulling Out Of N. Carolina Over Anti-LGBT Law

Following PayPal’s lead to abruptly cancel a recently announced expansion that would have brought 400 new jobs to Charlotte, North Carolina, Marketing Firm Red Ventures is also considering pulling out of their 500 person expansion in 2016 after HB2 was passed.

“HB2 does not reflect the values of our people, our state or our democratic process. The speed with which it was passed and lack of constituent input enabled a select group of North Carolina representatives to ignore their responsibility to represent the whole state and, instead, eviscerate the civil rights of North Carolinians,” The CEO of Red Ventures, Ric Elias said in a letter addressed to Gov. McCrory and shared on Twitter.

“As a former supporter I have always been open and honest with you, but as a citizen of North Carolina I am unable in good conscience to sit idly by and watch while our democracy is manipulated,” he added. “As a CEO who is committed to expanding our Charlotte presence by 500 people in 2016 and thousands after that, I am also forced to seriously reconsider adding more jobs in a state that tolerates discrimination and allows political interests to interfere with doing what is right for all citizens.”

You can read Red Ventures’ full letter below:

Dear Governor McCrory,

Not long ago you called me to discuss my decision to shift my support to Attorney General Roy Cooper this election. I shared with you then my fear that the state had gone too far in pushing a political agenda that represented the voices of a few, as opposed to acting in the best interests of your constituency. The passing of House Bill 2 is the worst example yet of that imbalance.

HB2 does not reflect the values of our people, our state or our democratic process. The speed with which it was passed and lack of constituent input enabled a select group of North Carolina representatives to ignore their responsibility to represent the whole state and, instead, eviscerate the civil rights of North Carolinians.

As a former supporter I have always been open and honest with you, but as a citizen of North Carolina I am unable in good conscience to sit idly by and watch while our democracy is manipulated. As a CEO who is committed to expanding our Charlotte presence by 500 people in 2016 and thousands after that, I am also forced to seriously reconsider adding more jobs in a state that tolerates discrimination and allows political interests to interfere with doing what is right for all citizens.

Our employees, their families, their neighbors and all citizens deserve leaders in both the public and private sectors who will stand up for them. Let us be those leaders.

Red Ventures’ success in the Carolinas over the last 16 years and our ongoing growth in Charlotte bears testament to my belief that North Carolina was and can once again be an ideal place to build a business, career and life. My hope is that we can work together to ensure all citizens and businesses feel welcomed and empowered to succeed.

In the best interest of our business and of our people, I urge you to repeal HB2 and send that message to all.

Ric Elias
CEO Red Ventures