Georgia Officials Threaten Delta: Restore NRA Ties or Lose Pending Tax Breaks
Georgia's lieutenant governor and its state senate are fighting back against Atlanta-based Delta Airlines' decision to sever ties with the National Rifle Association.
In response, a New York State official invited Delta to relocate to the Empire State after their decision.
Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R) pledged to kill any tax legislation that benefits the company unless it reverses course and realigns with the pro-Second Amendment organization.
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.
— Casey Cagle (@CaseyCagle) February 26, 2018
"Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back," Cagle said.
Georgia's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is also the busiest airport in the world, besides being a home base for 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.
— Delta (@Delta) February 24, 2018
The state House of Representatives recently approved a tax break on jet fuel that could save Delta $40 million, but the state senate - which has yet to act on the bill - vowed to fight it if the airline does not relent.
Delta is one of more than a dozen companies to drop discount programs and other affiliations with the Fairfax, Va.-based gun rights group.
In response to Delta's decision regarding the NRA, New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) invited the airline to move its headquarters to her state.
.@Delta, as one of your most frequent flyers, know that the NY LG admires your principled stance. Let’s continue our great relationship. NY is open for business & ❤'s Delta – move HQ to where you’re appreciated? https://t.co/AZ8xeC0geo
— Kathy Hochul (@LtGovHochulNY) February 26, 2018
"As one of your most frequent flyers, know that the NY LG admires your principled stance. Let’s continue our great relationship. NY is open for business [loves] Delta – move [headquarters] to where you’re appreciated?" Hochul wrote
Illinois-based United Airlines also backed out of its NRA partnership.
United is notifying the NRA that we will no longer offer a discounted rate to their annual meeting and we are asking that the NRA remove our information from their website.
— United Airlines (@united) February 24, 2018
Enterprise Rent-A-Car and First National Bank of Omaha - which manages several credit cards branded by major companies and groups like the NRA - were among the first to cut ties with the group last week.
An Enterprise official identified only as Michael announced on its verified Twitter account that the company and its secondary brands National and Alamo ended their discount program for NRA members.
Thank you for contacting us! All three of our brands have ended the discount for NRA members. This change will be effective March 26. Thank you again for reaching out. Kind regards, Michael
— EnterpriseRentACar (@enterprisecares) February 23, 2018
Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA. As a result, First National Bank of Omaha will not renew its contract with the National Rifle Association to issue the NRA Visa Card.
— First National Bank (@FNBOmaha) February 22, 2018
The statement appeared in response to a tweet that read "Boycott NRA" 21 times over.