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McCrory visits D.C. for business summit, fundraising

Gov. Pat McCrory
Gov. Pat McCrory N&O

Gov. Pat McCrory is paying a visit to Washington, D.C. on Monday to talk North Carolina economy and to raise money for his re-election campaign.

During the afternoon, he was to speak at the N.C. Business and Economic Development Summit, which is hosted by the state’s congressional delegation and attended by business leaders. It takes place at the Cannon House Office Building.

Monday evening, McCrory will attend a fundraising reception at the offices of the Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher law firm. That’s the law firm where former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson, who has written a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s House Bill 2, works.

Gibson, Dunn is an international company with about 1,200 lawyers, but the HB2 connection didn’t escape Attorney General Roy Cooper’s campaign.

“After complaining for months of a national HB2 conspiracy against him, Governor McCrory is actually raising money at the law firm representing the Human Rights Campaign,” said Ford Porter, campaign spokesman for Cooper. “This is proof that despite all his crocodile tears, HB2 is just a political game for Pat McCrory.”

McCrory’s campaign spokesman, Ricky Diaz, responded: “The attorney general is going to any lengths to distract from the fact he's refusing to do his job to defend the state and costing taxpayers millions for dollars in the process.”

Cost of the reception was $1,000 for individual attendees up to $5,100 for individuals or political action committees.

McCrory was also included in a list of speakers for a Christian values summit in Washington over the weekend, but his spokesmen said the governor was not a confirmed speaker and did not participate. The summit was hosted by the Family Research Council and included a number of prominent conservative politicians.

The governor spent part of Sunday in Monroe for that city’s Patriot Day Celebration.

Craig Jarvis: 919-829-4576, @CraigJ_NandO