I believe the AE card (antitrust exemption) was muscled around allowing the city of Tampa to be awarded an expansion franchise afer Miami was given a team (Marlins). This time it is the Repulican party who is throwing their weight around with the AE card over Soros group being awarded the DC Nationals franchise.
Politics and Baseball
By David Bloom
"I think Major League Baseball understands the stakes," said Government Reform Chairman Tom Davis (R), the Northern Virginia lawmaker who recently convened high-profile steroid hearings. "I don't think they want to get involved in a political fight."