American Airlines, under pressure from our friends at American Progress Action Fund's Drop the Hammer campaign, agreed not to give any additional contributions to Tom DeLay's legal defense fund. In a May 3rd statement, Roger Frizzell, American Airlines' Vice President of Corporate Communications, said:
American Airlines does not intend to make any future contributions to Representative DeLay's legal defense fund. The $5000 contribution, made three years ago, was done by an individual who is no longer part of American Airlines.
Today, Tom DeLay apparently retaliated. Associated Press reports that DeLay offered his support for removing the 1979 "Wright Amendment," which prohibits long-distance commercial travel from Dallas-area Love Field. The other area airport, Dallas/Fort Worth, is home to American Airlines, which opposes the repeal of the Wright Amendment.