Sunday, November 16, 2008

What kind of candidate was Al Sharpton? hosts an AP report which begins - - -

Federal auditors have concluded the Rev. Al Sharpton's 2004 [Democratic presidential nomination] campaign owes the government nearly $500,000 for illegal donations and other financial improprieties.

Sharpton has been feuding with the Federal Election Commission for years over his accounting in his failed run for president, for which he received $100,000 in so-called government matching funds that authorities later concluded he did not deserve because he hadn't followed campaign laws.

The auditors have now determined that Sharpton owes $486,803 to the U.S. Treasury because of his campaign's taking improper donations, largely from the National Action Network, a not-for-profit corporation that Sharpton leads but is separate from his campaign committee.

Sharpton will appeal the finding, aides said Friday, which would extend an already years-long fight with the government over how he raised and spent money to run for president.

The audit report is "a gross violation of Reverend Al Sharpton's right to perform his paid duties as president of the National Action Network, a traveling minister, lecturer, and an author who was promoting a book during the time period being audited," said his spokeswoman, Rachel Noerdlinger.

Sharpton's campaign finances came under scrutiny as he campaigned, speaking at churches where he collected "love offerings" that are common to traveling preachers. [Don’t you just love the term
“love offerings?” It sounds sooo much better than “unrecorded and unaccounted for contributions, mostly in cash.“- - JinC]

At the same time, he was campaigning for president, and paying for much of it with his personal American Express card.

Some of the costs were paid by the National Action Network, some by a different company called Rev-Als Production Inc.

"Virtually no effort appears to have been made by Sharpton 2004, the candidate, NAN, or Rev-Als. Production Inc. to keep any sort of detailed records demonstrating what payments paid for which travel," the report found, noting what it called the campaign's "nearly complete failure to produce any information on this subject in the course of the audit."

The FEC audit is just the latest in a long list of money problems for Sharpton.
Last summer, federal prosecutors decided not to seek criminal charges against him over unpaid taxes after a lengthy grand jury investigation.

The IRS obtained a $931,397 lien against Sharpton. City and state officials said he owned them another $933,577. Separately, the National Action Network said in its most recent tax filing that it owed at least $1.9 million in payroll taxes and related interest.



Is anyone surprised to read what the AP’s reporting about one of America’s best known “civil rights leaders” and activists on behalf of the religious left’s social and political agendas?

When Sharpton ran for the Dem presidential nomination, the MSM which does so much to enable him told us Sharpton was a “grievance candidate.”

“Greed candidate” would have been closer to the truth.

Counsel for those thinking of posting comments supportive of Sharpton: IMO the Rev prefers you send him “love offerings.”

Hat tip: BN


Anonymous said...

Sharpton, Jackson and their ilk make a living off of shaking down corporations. Sharpton will simply have to scam more companies to pay him off.

It's amazing how little people understand about how these guys make a living.

They find someone with a grievance against a business they have visited, or better yet, where they are employed and they send a threatening letter advising they will publicize the discrimination the 'victim' has undergone b/c of their skin color. The corporation sends someone to meet with the good reverend with a checkbook to show him his due respect. Tens of thousands later, he abandons the 'victim' and leaves town. 'tis been this way for 30 years and shows no signs of abating. Though the victim, inc. industry is concerned that with Obama in the white house, their victim shakedowns may be more difficult.

Of course, I'm sure Sharpton is accusing the IRS of racism for targeting him. He will expect Obama to forgive the debt. Don't be shocked if this just goes away.

Change indeed.

Anonymous said...

To the 8.19: Amen!
Tarheel Hawkeye

Anonymous said...

One can only hope that the Obama presidency will make such shake downs less likely to occur. However, the willingness of corporate America to cave when Messrs. Jackson and Sharpton appear at their door with their blackmail demands does not give one much confidence that such a hope will materialize.