PayPal’s Opportunistic Hypocrisy in North Carolina and Communist Cuba

Earlier this week, e-commerce giant PayPal joined the misinformation campaign promulgated by many in the business community and liberal advocacy organizations in North Carolina. The California based corporation withdrew plans to build a new global operations center in Charlotte supposedly in response to the state’s recent implementation of common sense protections for business owners and people of faith.

However, PayPal had publicly announced the expansion project on March 18, 2016, just 5 days beforeGovernor Pat McCrory signed H.B 2.

Interestingly, on March 20th, PayPal’s President and CEO, Dan Schulman blogged about the company’s plans to bring a new money transfer platform into Cuba while visiting the communist island-nation with President Barack Obama.

Cuba’s real human rights abuses are well documented. But, according to Schulman, one of the reasons for cancelling the Charlotte project is the “strong belief that every person has the right to be treated equally, and with dignity and respect”. Apparently, the Cuban government’s history of crushing dissent through political persecution aligns with PayPal’s notion of “dignity and respect”.

Furthermore, Cuba has a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Given PayPal’s support for, and celebration of last years Supreme Court ruling in the Obergefell, the decision to do business in Cuba is incredibly hypocritical.

Similarly, The Daily Caller has a piece on PayPal’s “global operations center in Malaysia, where homosexual acts are punishable by public lashings and jail sentences up to 20 years”.

It seems that PayPal’s main concern is pushing a political agenda over actual values.

Informed conservatives are pushing back, and 2nd Vote encourages our members to utilize social media to let PayPal know how these political decisions are directly opposed to your values.

The e-commerce market is rapidly growing and many alternatives to PayPal exist. Use caution with services like Venmo, which is actually owned by PayPal, and other services provided by companies like Google and Amazon who have been scored as liberal companies by 2nd Vote.

Stay tuned as our research team is looking into these alternatives and will make announcements as we publish our findings.