New York Rep Claudia Tenney Uses CAP Cadets in Uniform

Civil Air Patrol's Claudia Tenney and Barry Loudermilk

by Binghamton | AuxBeacon News Reader

[Editor’s Note: We received this story from a New York Wing member. Thank you for your contribution. If readers recall, Rep. Claudia Tenney felt indebted to Civil Air Patrol for helping her son get into the U.S. Naval Academy. She also pushed for CAP’s fiscal year 2019 funding even after learning of the corruption in Civil Air Patrol. CAP regulations forbid CAP members to campaign for political activities while in CAP uniform. The story below shows that Civil Air Patrol cadets served as interns for her campaign and appeared at campaign functions in Civil Air Patrol uniform. The contributor New York Wing member believes this to be a regulation and ethics violation.]

Dear Aux Beacon staff,

According to Civil Air Patrol’s Diversity guide, “Civil Air Patrol is apolitical, meaning as an organization we have no political viewpoint, endorse no political candidate or party.”

CAP Regulation 39-1, 26 June 2014 states the following on pages 9 and 10, “1.2.7. When NOT to wear the CAP Uniform. While participating in public speeches, interviews, picket lines, marches or rallies or in any public demonstration when participation may imply USAF sanction of the cause. While furthering political activities, private employment or commercial interest.

Furthermore, the IRS specifically states, “Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes. ”

Per the story I am including below from the Utica Observer-Dispatch, Civil Air Patrol and Rep. Claudia Tenney are clearly in violation of CAP regulations and Federal IRS non-profit laws. I know of several other CAP politicians who have violated these laws as well (see my second email). They have been getting away with this for years and it is time for their tax exempt status to be revoked.


Tenney campaign: Race too close to call
By Amy Neff Roth | Utica Observer-Dispatch

As Election Day ended, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney’s campaign called the race for her 22nd Congressional District seat too close to call…

Earlier in the evening, toward the end of her watch party at Tom Cavallo’s Restaurant in New Hartford, Tenney, R-New Hartford, gave a not-quite-a-concession speech after CNN declared Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica, the winner and official state results put him slightly ahead. Tenney said, in fact, that she would not concede, but then seemed to acknowledge that she had lost, talking about what a tough election it was given how much money was spent in support of Brindisi.

“I wish my opponent the best. I think he’s going to have a struggle down in Washington with the president,” Tenney said.

A crowd of supporters — many sporting Tenney buttons, Trump apparel and Make America Great Again caps — packed the upstairs of Tom Cavallo’s Restaurant in New Hartford. They watched local race results on television and cheered and booed in turn as national networks showed Republicans and Democrats winning or pulling ahead in races across the country.

Two high school students in Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Air Force Auxiliary uniforms, both interns in Tenney’s campaign office, came to the party. Cory Mangine of Hamilton and Abigail Wile of Cassville are hoping Tenney will help them get into the Naval Academy.

“If we don’t do something, who will?” Jonathan Wile said of their involvement in the campaign. “If we don’t get good people in the House and Senate, who will? We need good people to back up (President Donald) Trump.”

Asked why he supported Tenney, Ron Vincent of North Utica, gave a three-part reply: “No. 1, she’s a Republican. No. 2, I think she’s done a great job so far. And No. 3, she’s in with our president.”

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11 Comments on "New York Rep Claudia Tenney Uses CAP Cadets in Uniform"

  1. In the eyes of a cadet:

    CAP has become way over politicized. I joined this organization that (from my understanding) has a congressional mandate to help the community. As I get more involved, and “find out how deep the rabbit hole goes”, I have found CAP to be more concerned about uniforms and politics than helping our fellow Americans.

    Take, for example two things: this website, and my squadron. This website is an excellent website in my opinion, but I see a lot of bickering about Maj Gen Smith and not very much discussion about how CAP can expand what it does to better serve our community. Now, take my squadron, we are home to two die-hard cadet program officers. Therefore, our squadron is almost entirely about drill and having a perfect uniform, and almost none about serving our community (I am in talks with my cadet officers about getting this fixed).

    However, much of you, and I both may dislike the General, but we need to stop bickering over CAP politics, get out, and do things that will make the USAF, our communities, and our nation say “Hey, that’s one fine organization.”.

    My two cents, please don’t rake me over the coals.

  2. Summary: “I received inappropriate political and sexual humor emails from [redacted] in [redacted] who has also been reported for having called a fellow wing staff officer a [redacted]. What should I do?”

    [Admin: In order for us to publish your story in full, we would need evidence so please cut and paste the content of the emails with to, from, date and subject fields into our contact form so that we can review them to decide if we need actual forwarding to a secure email of ours.]

  3. Tenney doesn’t know the truth about our past. It wasn’t spoon fed to her and she’s not made the effort to dig to understand why things are as they are. She deserves this loss.

    “As the votes have been counted the last several weeks, it has become clear that while we remain on the right side of the issues and history, we came out on the wrong side of a very close race. Despite this setback, there is still a critical fight ahead for the heart and soul of this nation, and one which I will not give up. Serving Central New York in Congress has been a tremendous honor, I am proud of what we were able to accomplish for our area, and I am grateful to all the people who supported our campaign.

    I wish Congressman-elect Anthony Brindisi the best and my office will work with him to ensure a smooth transition and good constituent services for the people of the 22nd District. We should acknowledge when Congressman-elect Brindisi does the right thing for this district, but hold him accountable for every vote he takes to advance a liberal agenda that doesn’t help our community.”

  4. The sad truth about Claudia Tenney is that she could never tell who the smartest person in the room was. Hint: It was never her.

  5. Yeah, Claudia has all but conceded on our local WUTQ FM radio station TALK 100.7

    “I don’t think it’s possible for us to pull ahead, based on what they’re showing. I haven’t had a chance to speak to Anthony yet, of course I will, and my office will do everything we can to coordinate with him and make sure he has a smooth transition.”

  6. Avatar BuhbyeClaudia | November 20, 2018 at 21:28 | Reply

    Even though Claudia Tenney has not conceded, this election is finally over. Brindisi’s lead now exceeds the number of ballots remaining to be counted. He has won 1,529 of the Oneida County absentees, compared to 755 for Tenney. Even if Tenney won all of the 1,881 remaining ballots, she would still come up as the loser.

    Tenney’s campaign has not responded to requests for comment.

  7. Today is the 19th of November and there are only 5548 absentee ballots left to be counted, mostly from my home county of Oneida in which Anthony Brindisi led on election day. With his lead now up to over 3,000 votes, he declared victory but Claudia Tenney has not yet conceded.

  8. Avatar CavallosTenney | November 17, 2018 at 03:00 | Reply

    Can’t believe you people are supporting her dumocratic opponent to allow more [redacted] into our country. Even if she loses, Claudia Tenney will be back.

    [Editors: Odd position for US citizens of Italian descent. Do us all a favor and make the four hour trip down to Ellis Island.]

  9. If anyone of us members did what Tenney did in regard to using cadets in uniform to campaign, we would be shown the exit by the general counsel. Tenney has rightfully earned herself a 2b, termination. I am glad she is losing her seat.

  10. Avatar AppointMeUSAFA | November 12, 2018 at 23:01 | Reply

    I just adore my congressman. I like to work on his staff and I’m good at what I do.

  11. Avatar Felon Waivers | November 12, 2018 at 22:58 | Reply

    All these articles and comments here exposing the predators, abuse and suicides is taking a toll. You don’t have all the suicides by the way, there are more. I may send you when I get time.

    Now that the public has a window into just how dirty this secret flying club is, this may be sufficient pressure for them to confess what they have done and start cleaning house.

    I am sending you a contact about all the felons that have been waived into Civil Air Patrol.

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