501(c)(3) Civil Air Patrol Excessive Legislative Lobbying

CAP Col Rose Hunt & Senator Terry MoultonCAP Col Rose Hunt & Senator Terry Moulton

By The Dunn County News

[Editor’s Note: According to the Internal Revenue Code, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporations are only allowed to lobby Congress 20% of the year.   501(c)(3) organizations are limited in the amount of lobbying in which they may engage and are prohibited from engaging in political campaign activity. Federal tax law permits lobbying by 501(c)(3) organizations, as long as lobbying is not a “substantial part” of an organization’s total activities.  The CAP Congressional/Legislative Squadrons are year-round operational units made up of members of Congress, their staff, Legislative and Executive Branch officials and aviation professionals.]

The Eau Claire Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol has welcomed two new Legislative members to the Wisconsin Legislative Squadron. The awards were presented by the Wisconsin Wing Commander Col Rose Hunt, a Chippewa Falls native and business owner in the Chippewa Valley.

The squadron has presented Senator Terry Moulton [R] on Oct 13, and Senator Sheila Harsdorf [R] on Sept 22, with their Wisconsin Legislative Squadron Membership awards.

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7 Comments on "501(c)(3) Civil Air Patrol Excessive Legislative Lobbying"

  1. This is excessive lobbying and passing legislation that helped the CAP, check out Rep. Chris Sainato and CAP member of Pennsylvania wing. Isn’t this conflict of interest against the law?

    “As Democratic Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, and a member of the Civil Air Patrol’s Legislative Squadron, I have the distinct honor of working to ensure that the Civil Air Patrol’s Pennsylvania Wing is able to continue to answer the call when needed.

    As Chairman of the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, I worked for the successful passage of several pieces of legislation benefiting the Civil Air Patrol, Pennsylvania Wing, and will continue to wholeheartedly support them and their mission.”

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  2. Excellent work on your new member story listing all the congressional squadron members and including those who failed in their political campaigns but remain in Civil Air Patrol to build their support networks. Showing the many abuse enablers in both groups is a stroke of genius.

  3. Avatar Retired USAF Colonel | October 30, 2016 at 08:42 | Reply

    My observation is that people who do not have a lot of power, have low self-esteem and lack prestige in their day jobs respond well to the CAP. Lots of increasingly important-sounding job titles to be aspired to, rank with no power, lots of pretty pins, colorful patches, merit badges and endless awards. The CAP has uniforms for the slim & trim as well as the fatties & furies. It is a hodge podge combination of uniforms with no consistency that vary in the Wings. They have awards for just about everything to keep folks from leaving this sad organization in droves. It is bling heaven.

    The CAP will gleefully waste member time on unfocused nonsense, redundant make-work, and the organization lacks essential agility. The CAP frequently can’t get out of their own way; most Wings have a good ol’ boy network, and the CAP pilot turnover outside the GOBN is large and constant.

  4. Would the honorary rank of Major and honorary membership in the wing congressional units be considered a bribe to get funding and other accolades from Congress?

  5. Corruption in CAP? Surely not! Why, I’m appalled at the thought! Well, the fact is, to find an honest corporate officer in CAP not guilty of corruption, blackmail and nepotism, one would have to look long and hard. You might possibly find a few. Maybe. CAP needs to be cleaned out completely, starting at the top with Vazquez and Altieri. It is full of self-serving traitors who care nothing for the organization, nor the members.

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