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    Corporate Combat: Georgia Conservatives Aim to Derail Delta Airlines State Subsidy After Airline Cuts NRA Ties


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    by MATTHEW BOYLE
    26 Feb 2018Washington, DC

    Georgia conservatives are attempting to derail a jet fuel tax break that the state government was set to hand out to Delta Airlines after the company cut ties with the NRA in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

    UPDATE tweet:


    Casey Cagle
    @CaseyCagle

    I will kill any tax legislation that benefits @Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with @NRA. Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back.
    1:02 PM - Feb 26, 2018

    Atlanta-based Delta was set to get a $40 million per year tax break on jet fuel from the Georgia legislature, something establishment Chamber of Commerce-backed GOP Gov. Nathan Deal supports handing out. But when Delta yanked its relationship with the NRA after the Parkland shooting, conservatives in Georgia have risen up against the airline’s efforts to procure this big government handout.

    “I decided to take action against Delta and the way they align with the left in going after the NRA and its members,” Debbie Dooley, an influential Atlanta-based Tea Party leader, told Breitbart News Sunday on SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125. “Donald Trump tweeted out something I will always remember. I think it was in 2015. He said when somebody challenges you unfairly, fight back.

    Be brutal. Be tough. That is what we’re going to have to be to fight for his agenda and to fight for the Second Amendment. If you’re in Georgia, I found out that Delta Airlines is asking for a $40 million per year tax break on jet fuel, and I realize the best way that we can be effective and the best way we can combat the boycotts and threats of the left is to hit them. Go after their subsidies. Go after their tax breaks that they’re receiving on the state level, and take it away from them. If we’re successful in stopping Delta’s tax subsidies, we will have cost them $200 million in five years. I think that’s something that’s important that we replicate in other states.”

    Delta, this past week, tweeted that it was cutting off its relationship with the NRA:


    Delta
    @Delta

    Delta is reaching out to the NRA to let them know we will be ending their contract for discounted rates through our group travel program. We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from their website.
    7:32 AM - Feb 24, 2018

    In response, Dooley—a key organizer on the right with top conservatives nationally and in Georgia—sent out an email to thousands of conservatives across Georgia, imploring Republicans in the state legislature and the governor and lieutenant governor to stand up for the Second Amendment and Constitution of the United States against Delta by blocking the subsidy.


    “We can have an impact,” Dooley told Breitbart News Sunday, imploring conservatives across Georgia and around the United States to step up and get involved. “There was some Democrats in Clayton County, which is one of the poorer counties in Georgia, that would be negatively impacted if Delta did not have to pay $40 million in gasoline tax. You’re talking about the county schools in Clayton County, the County government. So you already have Democrats opposing this. I just felt this is the best way to have an immediate impact, and we’re going after them. It was smooth sailing. I found out about it and sent out an email yesterday afternoon—I think it was about 2:20. And boy, all heck broke loose after I sent the email out. The email went out to 10,000 hard-core activists in Georgia, and the email went to the state legislators. It also went to the business community in Georgia. And Delta then began to realize what they had done, and they started trying to say—their chief lobbyist sent out a tweet saying Delta was not trying to attack the Second Amendment: ‘We’re pro-Second Amendment. We were just trying to be neutral.’”

    David Werner, a former staffer for Gov. Deal who is now a Delta lobbyist, is the one who made the statement falsely claiming that the airline does support the Second Amendment and the Constitution of the United States:


    David Werner@davidrosswerner

    @Delta announcement this morning was not a political statement-it was the opposite. @Delta merely confirmed its neutral status on a politically and emotionally charged issue by removing its name from the debate.
    1:43 PM - Feb 24, 2018




    Greg Bluestein
    @bluestein

    “Delta continues to support the 2nd Amendment.” Atlanta-based airline tries to staunch fallout over its decision to sever ties with @NRA http://politics.myajc.com/blog/politics/delta-nra-move-could-put-airline-tax-break-georgia-risk/zO5KoRXb6MdZYWNAZGttRK/ … #gapol

    That comment from Werner is obviously a lie, however, since Delta did take a stand against the Second Amendment and the United States Constitution by cutting its ties with the NRA. In fact, Delta’s own statement on its own website admits it was a political decision to cut ties with the NRA.

    “Delta informed the National Rifle Association Saturday that the airline will end its contract for discounted fares for travel to the association’s 2018 annual meeting. The company requested that the NRA remove Delta’s information from its meeting website,” Delta said on its website, adding:

    Delta’s decision reflects the airline’s neutral status in the current national debate over gun control amid recent school shootings. Out of respect for our customers and employees on both sides, Delta has taken this action to refrain from entering this debate and focus on its business. Delta continues to support the 2nd Amendment. This is not the first time Delta has withdrawn support over a politically and emotionally charged issue. Last year, Delta withdrew its sponsorship of a theater that staged a graphic interpretation of “Julius Caesar” depicting the assassination of President Trump. Delta supports all of its customers but will not support organizations on any side of any highly charged political issue that divides our nation.

    Dooley noted that there are consequences for Delta’s decisions to engage in extremist political actions against the NRA and the Second Amendment. Until Delta withdraws its attacks on the Constitution and reinstates its relationship with the NRA, Dooley says, it is unlikely that any Republicans in the Georgia State Senate could in good conscience give it this tax break.

    “Up until Delta sent out that tweet, Gov. Deal’s former counsel—his attorney—went to be a lobbyist, left the governor’s office, and was hired by Delta to be a lobbyist to push this through,” Dooley said. “They attached it to a tax reform bill. It sailed through the House, and it was in the Senate. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who is running for governor, was guiding it through the Senate. Delta was prodding him to rush it up, to go through and waive the rules in the Senate so they could go ahead and vote on it. Well, we now know why they were doing that; they knew what they were going to do about the NRA. There’s a state senator named Michael Williams, a big Trump guy—he was the Trump campaign guy in Georgia, the campaign chairman, and he stood up and he said no. He stopped them from doing that. He and a hard-core group of conservative senators after all this broke, after my email went out, are trying to put pressure on Lt. Gov. Cagle to recommit the tax cut bill to the Senate Finance Committee so they can amend it and remove Delta’s tax cut. We need to put pressure on Gov. Deal and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and people’s state senators and let them know that a vote for this corporate subsidy is a vote against our Second Amendment rights and against the NRA.”

    Dooley said she “laughed at” Delta’s statement, too. It remains to be seen when the vote may happen, but it is heating up in Georgia’s statehouse right now.

    “Delta is going to push for their tax breaks, and they are not going to back down,” Dooley said. “This is a fight we can win. This is a stand in Georgia we can take that will send a warning shot to other major corporations that says, ‘Don’t even think about doing this because we’re coming for you if you do. And we’re going to hurt, hit you so hard in your pocketbook that you’re going to think twice about it because we’re going to take away your corporate giveaways.’”

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-governm...cuts-nra-ties/

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    Delta Endangers Tax Break After Cutting Ties to NRA

    BY: Haris Alic
    February 26, 2018 1:32 pm

    The decision by Delta Air Lines, Inc. to cut co-branding ties with the National Rifle Association has endangered the company's efforts to steer legislation through the Georgia General Assembly that exempts jet fuel from the state's sales tax.

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reportedthat the tax-credit was in jeopardy after Delta, which is headquartered in Atlanta, announced on Saturday that it would end its co-marketing partnership with the NRA. Delta's decision came after facing outside pressure from gun-control advocates who blame the Second Amendment group for the tragic school shooting that took place in Parkland, Florida earlier this month. Similar decisions were announced by an array of companies like Enterprise Holdings, the parent company of Enterprise Rent-a-Car, and MetLife, Inc., one of the country's largest insurance providers.

    Delta's decision comes at a particularly tumultuous time in Georgia politics. This year, the retirement of Gov. Nathan Deal (R., Ga.) has sparked a political free-for-all amongst candidates vying for the state's constitutional offices.

    Former Georgia state Senator Rick Jeffares, a Republican candidate for Lt. Governor, was one of the first to rebuke Delta on Twitter for its decision to cut ties with the NRA. He noted the irony in the organization's willingness to abandon "hard-earned dollars" while asking for a $40 million tax break from Georgia taxpayers.

    "If Delta is so flush that they don't need NRA members hard-earned dollars, they can certainly do without the $40 million tax break they are asking GA taxpayers for," Jeffares wrote.


    Rick Jeffares@RickJeffaresGA

    If Delta is so flush that they don't need NRA members hard-earned dollars, they can certainly do without the $40 million tax break they are asking GA taxpayers for.
    9:53 AM - Feb 24, 2018


    State Senator Michael Williams, a candidate for governor who bills himself as the first Republican elected official in Georgia to endorse Donald Trump's campaign for the presidency in 2016, took to Twitter on Monday to say that he stalled the tax credit from passing on Friday.


    Michael Williams@williamsforga
    Thankfully, I stalled the Senate vote on this Friday as @CaseyCagle tried to rush it through. Will this latest slap in the face of conservatives & @NRA members be the straw that broke the camels back? #gapol #NRA https://twitter.com/bluestein/status/968139543097565184 …
    9:12 AM - Feb 26, 2018


    Also on Monday, the Republican speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, Rep. David Ralston, said he was troubled by Delta's "decision to engage in a sensitive debate by vilifying law-abiding supporters" of the gun-rights group. The speaker also expressed his consternation at Delta for not going "public" with the decision to end its partnership with the NRA until after the tax-credit had passed his chamber.
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    Greg Bluestein
    @bluestein


    Another sign the @Delta tax break in Georgia could be in trouble: House Speaker David Ralston is “troubled” by airline’s NRA decision and suggests the Senare could strip the provision #gapol
    9:03 AM - Feb 26, 2018 · Atlanta, GA

    In a released statement, Delta stated the decision to cease offering discounted fairs to NRA members traveling to the organization's annual meeting arose from a desire to remain "neutral" and refrain from entering the gun control debate. The company also stated it supported the Second Amendment.

    "Delta’s decision reflects the airline’s neutral status in the current national debate over gun control amid recent school shootings. Out of respect for our customers and employees on both sides, Delta has taken this action to refrain from entering this debate and focus on its business. Delta continues to support the 2nd Amendment," the airline said.


    Delta
    @Delta



    Delta is reaching out to the NRA to let them know we will be ending their contract for discounted rates through our group travel program. We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from their website.

    Originally implemented in the mid-2000s, the jet fuel exemption was lambasted for years as a "give-a-way to special interests" and was officially eliminated during the 2015 legislative session.

    Since that time, Delta has argued for it's re-implementation, saying the sales tax rate prevented the company from being able to compete with its regional competitors. In addition to being headquartered in Atlanta, Delta also maintains its largest hub at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

    Estimates say the tax credit could save Delta and other airlines nearly $40 million annually. The legislation failed to make headway until Delta hired a former aide to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R.) as its top lobbyist for the issue.

    http://freebeacon.com/issues/delta-e...ting-ties-nra/


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    Hey, you stupid corporations running with the wrong crowd, you really don't want to mess with US.



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