An Atlanta television station reports that a Georgia state lawmaker has taken to the floor of their legislative chamber to denounce Delta’s lobbying tactics.
The lawmaker is opposing the extension of jet fuel tax breaks that are worth $20 to $60 million per year to Delta — saying that he supported the breaks during the Great Recession when the airline was hurting but that with $3 billion in profits it’s no longer appropriate for them to continue.
His claim is that Delta is threatening lawmakers with elimination of air service from their districts if they oppose the tax break. The TV station puts another Delta lobbyist on TV to say that such tactics wouldn’t be appropriate, and Delta denies the claim.
Delta took a stand against crony capitalism, opposing re-authorization of the Export-Import Bank when it was in their interest to do so (they view Export-Import bank as subsidizing their foreign competitors). But they not only want tax breaks for themselves, they pass out elite status to friendly politicians as part of advancing their interests.
(HT: Drew N.)