This is no man of God.
Tax documents reveal that controversial racial activist Rev. Al Sharpton has given himself one million dollars from his own charity, the National Action Network, or NAN.
“Sharpton got a $324,000 salary — 32% higher than his 2017 pay — in addition to a $159,596 bonus and $563,352 in ‘other compensation,’” The New York Post reported.
According to a statement from NAN, from his service with the group from 2004 to 2017, Sharpton freely collected $500,000 less than he was actually “owed.”
For years, the MSNBC presenter has earned himself impressive promotions and reward. The Rev, for instance, gave himself a 71 percent raise in 2015, due to President Barack Obama’s boost. He took home $412,644 of the charity’s income that year and granted himself a bonus of $64,400 for added effect. Sharpton ended his $250,000 contract the next year with a raise of $437,555.
At his regular rally at NAN’s House of Justice in Harlem, Sharpton defended his massive draw from the foundation, the Post reported, adding that the events involved “throw[ing] cash in the collection bucket at the reverend’s behest.”
“Fifteen years, you are talking about since 2004 when I came back after running for president. For anybody else it would be laughable,” he sang.
“It’s a six-day-a-week job and several hours a day and when [the compensation firm] compared it to other companies, other non profits, that’s the salary that they would get,” Sharpton continued.
The website for NAN describes the charity as “one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation” that “works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, citizenship, criminal record, economic status, gender, gender expression, or sexuality.”
The Daily Wire noted that this summer, “Sharpton has been a lightning rod for controversy and has a history of inflaming racial tensions within minority communities. He played an essential role in promoting the Tawana Brawley rape hoax in the mid-1980s, an incident that is considered to be one of the most infamous rape and race hoaxes in modern America.”
It was thanks to Sharpton’s persistence that President Donald Trump was in contact with the preacher and also dubbed Sharpton a “conman” earlier this year.
“Al Sharpton would always ask me to go to his events. He would say, ‘it’s a personal favor to me.’ Seldom, but sometimes, I would go,” Trump said. “It was fine. He came to my office in [Trump Tower] during the presidential campaign to apologize for the way he was talking about me. Just a conman at work!”
The president went deeper on Sharpton in another tweet: “I have known Al for 25 years. Went to fights with him & Don King, always got along well. He ‘loved Trump!’ He would ask me for favors often. Al is a con man, a troublemaker, always looking for a score. Just doing his thing. Must have intimidated Comcast/NBC. Hates Whites & Cops!”