501(c)(3) Civil Air Patrol Excessive Legislative Lobbying

CAP Col Rose Hunt & Senator Terry Moulton
CAP Col Rose Hunt & Senator Terry Moulton

By The Dunn County News

[Editor’s Note: According to the Internal Revenue Code, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporations are only allowed to lobby Congress 20% of the year.   501(c)(3) organizations are limited in the amount of lobbying in which they may engage and are prohibited from engaging in political campaign activity. Federal tax law permits lobbying by 501(c)(3) organizations, as long as lobbying is not a “substantial part” of an organization’s total activities.  The CAP Congressional/Legislative Squadrons are year-round operational units made up of members of Congress, their staff, Legislative and Executive Branch officials and aviation professionals.]

The Eau Claire Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol has welcomed two new Legislative members to the Wisconsin Legislative Squadron. The awards were presented by the Wisconsin Wing Commander Col Rose Hunt, a Chippewa Falls native and business owner in the Chippewa Valley.

The squadron has presented Senator Terry Moulton [R] on Oct 13, and Senator Sheila Harsdorf [R] on Sept 22, with their Wisconsin Legislative Squadron Membership awards.

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1 Comment on "501(c)(3) Civil Air Patrol Excessive Legislative Lobbying"

  1. Avatar WhereIsTheIRS | February 27, 2019 at 03:01 | Reply

    If this isn’t excessive lobbying, than I don’t know what is….found this yesterday on CAPTalk…No other non-profit that I know of, has this in-house benefit to influence and procure appropriations and other perks. (see second paragraph)

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    I’ll be there representing VAWG. I’ve been there for the last … umm … 4-5 years?

    In general, the way it usually works is that your Government Relations Advisor sets up meetings with your Congressmen and Representatives. Your meeting is usually with a staffer. You have some materials with “talking points” that the team (usually two senior members and some cadets) needs to represent to the staffer and then you have a chance to talk with them about why CAP matters to America. Cadets should have the chance to talk about their experience and why developing leaders for America is a worthwhile cause. Before you leave, make sure you encourage the staffer to talk to the Legislator and other staff members about the benefits of membership in the Congressional Squadron.

    They are able to join the Congressional Squadron and participate in missions, become CAP pilots if they have their Private Certificate, become aircrew members…etc… I meet a staffer last year who was already a member of the Congressional Squadron and had been to a Search and Rescue Exercise as a Mission Pilot! Pretty cool to have a staffer who already knows who we are and has worked with us.

    In general, I hope you have someone with experience on your team. If not, ask to see the materials early so you can familiarize yourself with budget terminology and such. Get a clear picture of where the different office buildings are located and plan your schedule carefully. If you have “downtime” make sure you see some sites! I highly recommend the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. If you can only see ONE site, I’d recommend going in to see that.

    Enjoy your time! See you there!

    Capt Greg Fletcher, CAP
    Commander, Fredericksburg Composite Squadron – MER-VA-108
    Director Public Affairs, Virginia Wing

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