A Corrupt Alabama Governor Endorsed Civil Air Patrol Wreaths Across America

Civil Air Patrol's Robert J. Bentley using cadets of a color guard before his conviction.
Civil Air Patrol's Robert J. Bentley using cadets of a color guard before his conviction.

By Care Sarge | AuxBeacon News Contributor

[Editor’s Note: A parent of Alabama Wing Civil Air Patrol reveals yet another corrupt politician who previously benefited from Civil Air Patrol cadets groomed as political pawns. S/he challenges members of Civil Air Patrol Alabama Wing to not fear J. Brett Lewis and to anonymously report on what has been hidden in Alabama Wing. We will highlight this story for a few days before returning it to its correct place in the sequence. Thank you for your contribution.]

Dear AuxBeacon:

Just like Georgia Wing Civil Air Patrol’s Jeffrey O’Hara, I am no fan of Morrill Worcester’s use of Civil Air Patrol in Wreaths Across America but can sense the punishment waiting for any who openly add their weight to his position. Maybe I can help by adding former Alabama Governor Robert J. Bentley, who resigned in crime on 10 APR 2017, to your growing list of Civil Air Patrol tools and [Government Relations assets] wrapping themselves in Old Glory. Please do not give up my name or [redacted]. Wing Commanders are trying to stop members from communicating malfeasance outside the chain of command, but I have seen that working inside of it just gets one defamed and ousted on trumped-up charges.

Sign me,
Care Sarge

December 15, 2014

WHEREAS, Wreaths Across America, a non-profit organization, began in 2006 as an extension of the Arlington National Cemetery Wreath Project, which was started in 1992 when wreaths donated by the Worcester Wreath Company were placed on the headstones of our Nation’s fallen heroes during the holidays; and

WHEREAS, The Blue Star Salute Foundation, Inc. and the Civil Air Patrol of Bessemer, Alabama, are partnering with Wreaths Across America with a mission to REMEMBER the fallen, HONOR those who serve and TEACH our children the value of freedom;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Robert Bentley, the Governor of Alabama, [until April 2017 when I am booked into the Montgomery County Jail and sentenced by Montgomery County Judge Troy Massey for knowingly converting campaign contributions to conceal my sexual affair] do hereby proclaim December 13, 2014, as Wreaths Across America Day in the state of Alabama.

AuxBeacon editors add the following:

In June 2011, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed Alabama HB 56 into law. This immigration bill, which was co-authored by another Civil Air Patrol Alabama ally and future convict Micky Hammon, was considered to be the toughest of such in the United States. It was so bad that by August of 2012, the Eleventh Circuit invalidated portions of the law, declaring them to be unconstitutional and Supreme Court later denied certiorari, refusing to review the Eleventh Circuit’s decision.

On 22 March 2016, Bentley fired Alabama Law Enforcement Agency secretary Spencer Collier, citing misuse of state funds under Collier, but an independent state audit found no issues with the agency. These are the kinds of tactics that corrupt politicians and Civil Air Patrol leaders attempt to use to conceal their offenses.

After his termination, Spencer Collier alleged that Robert Bentley had engaged in an extramarital affair with his senior political adviser, Rebekah Caldwell Mason. Collier stated in a press conference the following day that he had seen sexually-charged texts between Bentley and Mason and that he even heard audio recordings of conversations between the two.

On 23 March our own AL.com released an audio recording purportedly created by the Bentley family in order to determine whether Gov. Bentley was engaged in an inappropriate relationship. At a press conference that day, Bentley apologized for the comments in that recording but denied having an affair and stated that his relationship with Mason had not been sexual.

On 5 April 2017, the Ethics Commission found probable cause that Bentley violated both ethics and campaign finance laws.

Bentley resigned as Governor of Alabama on 10 April 2017, after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor charges related to campaign finance law. Bentley allegedly used state resources to facilitate and conceal an extramarital affair with a former staffer. As part of the plea deal, he accepted a lifetime ban from ever seeking public office in Alabama again.

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