Gov. Pat McCrory has repeatedly said, regarding the controversial new state law HB2, that the pro-LGBT group Human Rights Campaign is an immensely powerful group that’s stifling debate.
The Human Rights Campaign “is probably the most powerful special interest group out of Washington, D.C.,” McCrory said in a recent radio interview. "And it's funded – their funders? We don't know who funds them, but they have about $32 million a year."
We previously rated False his claim that the group is more powerful than the National Rifle Association.
For this fact check, however, we were intrigued by McCrory’s claim that “we don’t know who funds them.” This interview wasn’t the first time McCrory has made a statement like that, so we figured we ought to look into it.
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Read on to find why his claim earned a Mostly False rating.
Speaker: Gov. Pat McCrory
Statement: Says the Human Rights Campaign is secretly funded.
Ruling: An easy search of public data shows the largest donors to the LGBT-rights group’s PAC and super PAC. When it comes to the group’s overall budget, we know the names of 47 corporations who are major contributors, though not how much they gave. We rate this claim Mostly False.