[Editor’s Note: This question from yesterday was excellent and followed other tough questions being asked by the House Oversight Panel. Thank you for the question and see some of our answers and those of others below in our update to yesterday’s story.]
Question for our disgraced National Commanders, any of them. With Civil Air Patrol’s self-stated objective to get progressively more of our elected assemblymen, governors, congressmen and senators “inducted” into their corrupt fold, why is there no public directory on the Civil Air Patrol website regarding current and former members of the Wing Legislative squadrons and National Congressional Squadron?
Civil Air Patrol operates under 501(c)(3) for federal tax exemption. In general, no organization may qualify for section 501(c)(3) status if a substantial part of its activities is attempting to influence legislation (commonly known as lobbying). A 501(c)(3) organization may engage in some lobbying, but too much lobbying activity risks loss of tax-exempt status.
With CAP inductions of politicians who should have an oversight role, Civil Air Patrol is effectively bribing our officials with honorary rank, positive press support and a young voter base of support. There have been problems of politically motivated crime (Lee Oswald, David Ferrie, Barry Seal) and politically motivated grooming out of Civil Air Patrol in the past. A complete directory of these political inductions should be made public for transparency and analysis.
One of our readers attempted to answer the why portion of this question by listing some past examples of Civil Air Patrol legislative squadron members.
• Civil Air Patrol’s Bob Ehrlich Caught Twice
• Civil Air Patrol Membership of Convicted Steve Stockman Confirmed by Tip from Former Cadet
• Civil Air Patrol’s Andre Bauer Has Tainted Safety Record
• Civil Air Patrol’s Terry Burton Resigns After 3rd DUI Arrest
• Is a Republican Reckless Driver Ensconced in Civil Air Patrol’s New Hampshire Wing?
• Civil Air Patrol’s Jim Inhofe at Odds with Holly Fieglein, Cameron County Airport and Science
• Civil Air Patrol Inducts
And yes, a majority of AuxBeacon editors now recognize the quality of other questions that were asked yesterday.
Krishnamoorthi: “Is there any other wrongdoing or illegal act…regarding Donald Trump that we haven’t yet discussed today?”
Ocasio-Cortez: “To your knowledge, did the president ever provide inflated assets to an insurance company?”
Ocasio-Cortez: “Do you think we need to review [Donald Trump’s] financial statements and his tax returns in order to compare them?”
Ocasio-Cortez: “Would it help for the committee to obtain federal and state tax returns from the president and his company to address that discrepancy?”
Ocasio-Cortez: “Who would know the answer to those questions?”
We mention this because of the number of Civil Air Patrol people who are using uniforms, positions and connections in the volunteer civilian organization to skirt the 1939 Hatch Act and politically groom young minds.