- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - State officials say LendingTree has received a state grant of nearly $4.9 million and will more than double its presence in North Carolina’s largest city.

The expansion, announced Wednesday, comes after other businesses canceled plans to add hundreds of jobs in the state because of legislation limiting protections for LGBT people.

Commerce Secretary John Skvarla announced Wednesday that LendingTree will create 314 jobs in Charlotte over five years.

The announcement could help Gov. Pat McCrory, whose backing of House Bill 2 has cost him support in his re-election campaign against Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper.

McCrory resigned from the board of Tree.com, LendingTree’s corporate parent, after winning the 2012 election, and then later received a six-figure payout while serving as governor. He has insisted he did nothing improper or illegal.

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