New York Rep Claudia Tenney Uses CAP Cadets in Uniform

Civil Air Patrol's Lt Col Claudia Tenney and Lt Col Barry Loudermilk
Civil Air Patrol's Lt Col Claudia Tenney and Lt Col 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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