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I recently read the angry words of one current, or perhaps former, Civil Air Patrol member who used harsh words to describe the weakness of Maj Gen Mark Smith, national commander of Civil Air Patrol. I thought for sure this was some kind of over reaction to common ignorance among the membership.
In desperation to unseat Louisiana Governor and West Point graudate John Bel Edwards, Ralph Abraham has blown the pandering dog-whistle to suggest that Nancy Pelosi should be expelled from the House of Representatives. He then donned the Air Force style uniform associated with Civil Air Patrol to make his political pitch to the public in violation of military tradition, Civil Air Patrol regulations, IRS regulations and Mark Smith’s weak orders.
The jig is up and the concerns of your contributors are proven valid. Civil Air Patrol hacks are using the Air Force style uniform to intimidate others in their day-to-day lives and on social media to place more of Vladimir Putin’s pawns into positions of political power around the United States.
This is not only a violation of what would be a Total Force tradition, it is a violation of IRS regulations regarding 501(c)(3) entities.
To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not be an action organization, i.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.
Through many stories over the past few years, your contributors have demonstrated Civil Air Patrol’s repeated attempts to influence the outcome of political campaigns and to create and populate Legislative Squadrons over which Ralph Abraham is the national commander for just this purpose.
It is no wonder that genuine service members such as the US Army Green Berets have expressed their disdain for this candidate.