Since I posted my previous piece on Phil Scott’s out-of-state expenses, I’ve learned a little bit about how to use the Secretary of State’s campaign finance portal. And so, without having to hand-tabulate dozens and dozens of small expenses, I can painlessly report that the Scott campaign has used its VISA card to pay $27,321.32 in expenses.
That’s the VISA card issued by Capital One Bank.
Charlotte, North Carolina-based Capital One Bank.
North Carolina as in HB2, the “Bathroom Bill” that forces transgender persons to use public restrooms according to the gender on their birth certificate. And that also enshrines other forms of gender-based discrimination.
The passage of HB2 prompted many corporations and organizations to refrain from doing business in North Carolina. Even the ethics-challenged world of big-time sports has taken up the cause. And, of course, Governor Shumlin imposed a ban on official state travel to North Carolina.
And yet, Phil Scott’s campaign took out a credit card from a North Carolina bank.
It’s not like he didn’t have any choice. Vermont has plenty of local banks and credit unions. Indeed, the Scott campaign has a checking account through Northfield Savings Bank. So why go to North Carolina to get a credit card?
This is a small point in the grand scheme of things, but it raises a few pertinent questions.
First, does Phil Scott still believe in buying local? If so, then why go out-of-state for a service easily obtainable in Vermont?
Second, why go to a bank in North Carolina, of all places? Does Scott care about HB2? If so, is it the type of caring that doesn’t have any effect on his decision-making? (See: climate change, child care, equal pay, family leave, etc.)
Third, if elected governor, would he rescind Shumlin’s travel ban?