[Editor’s Note: An ever growing number of contributors are coming to recognize the unethical practices of Civil Air Patrol members who use the organization and its trimmings to place themselves and their political ideologies before their service to all. Today’s example is Ralph Lee Abraham (R-LA). Thank you to all of those who have alerted us to this abuse.]
More than a few of us have read, with initial skepticism, the articles on AuxBeacon about Civil Air Patrol’s persistent attempts to infiltrate our US legislature. Then we come to see just how many of these people have been collected here. Pamerleau, Gamache, Loudermilk, ugh, feel free to add any important ones that I may have missed. [Editor: We’ll let the folks from You Know You’re in CAP When add the names in the comments below.]
This morning I learned that Ralph Lee Abraham is the commander of Civil Air Patrol’s National Legislative Squadron. I learned this after being directed to an issue of Volunteer Magazine and watching his new campaign ad for the 2019 Louisiana Gubernatorial Election. He wears a sage green flight jacket with Civil Air Patrol command patch and name plate above his hipster blue jeans. I then watched CAP members excoriate him for using our program and uniform to gain an edge over his opponent, incumbent Governor John Bel Edwards.
Yesterday [Aug. 23, 2019] on CAP-Talk we heard from Eclipse, Gunsotsu and Fester all exposing Ralph Abraham’s violation of CAPM 39-1 and Civil Air Patrol’s Core Values [Service Before Self]. More than one proposed that Ralph Abraham’s membership in Civil Air Patrol should be terminated. Then, as often happens, a CAP-Talk moderator shut down the thread claiming that the topic was political instead of an ethics and character-building learning opportunity for members of Civil Air Patrol.
Now I am convinced that the critics writing into AuxBeacon and CAP-Talk do have very legitimate concerns about our corrupt and often criminal behavior.
Thanks to the work of Col Stan Skrabut, we know that people joining Civil Air Patrol become disgusted with the corrupt leadership and leave leading to very high turnover. The new members have yet to learn CAP regulations or those of 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporations.
Eclipse, who I know is [redacted], was quick to point out the following:
“Not allowed and not even worn properly
CAPM 39-1, Page 9-10
1.2.7. When NOT to wear the CAP Uniform.”
220.127.116.11. While furthering political activities, private employment or commercial interest.”
But there’s much more to this. Either Abraham or CAP or both are violating the IRS regulations on 501(c)(3) corporations:
It is a requirement imposed by Congress for the privilege of being recognized as exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
For an organization to be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) it cannot “participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements) any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.”
Here are all the pictures and links you need to verify what I am telling you.