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Old 11-17-2019, 08:08 AM
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Al Sharpton gets $1M in pay from his own charity
By Melissa Klein and Georgett Roberts
November 16, 2019 | 5:15pm | Updated

He’s the million-dollar minister.

The Rev. Al Sharpton raked in $1,046,948 from his own charity last year, according to National Action Network’s latest tax filings obtained by The Post.

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 Harlem-based nonprofit — which Sharpton controls as president and CEO — said the extra cash was to make up for the years from 2004 to 2017 when he didn’t get his full pay.

NAN said it hired an executive compensation firm that determined the good reverend was owed $1.252 million — but he was generously willing to take $500,000 less.

Sharpton and the nonprofit’s board also agreed “he has now been fully compensated for all the years he was underpaid and received no bonus,” the NAN statement said.

The sharp-dressing, silver-tongued preacher defended the windfall before taking the stage for his weekly rally at NAN’s House of Justice in Harlem, an event where attendees throw 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,” he said. “For anybody else it would be laughable.”

He said he also deserved the 2018 raise.

“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,” he said.

The firebrand activist and MSNBC host was not exactly earning minimum wage in recent years. The last year he went without a salary was 2008, and he has made well into the six figures every year since, tax documents show.

He certainly wasn’t coveting his neighbor’s paycheck in 2017, when his NAN salary came to $244,661, or the year before, when he was paid $250,000 plus a $437,555 bonus. NAN justified the bonus at the time saying it was designed to make up for a lack of full compensation, including no retirement or benefits packages over the years.

The nonprofit also noted in 2016 that Sharpton’s average yearly pay of $287,543 from 2007 through 2016 fell within the competitive range of those who held similar positions.

in 2014, Sharpton got much more than the average pay — $348,244 plus a $64,400 bonus, tax filings show.

The holy man’s mammon really raised eyebrows last year when NAN’s filing revealed he had sold the rights to his life story to his own charity for $531,000. The organization contended the purchase would provide a revenue stream because it could turn around and sell the rights.

NAN at the time said an unnamed “executive committee independently approved” the deal, leading one expert to question how the independence was achieved.

“In this case, it’s really difficult because of his role in the organization and just because of his overall influence,” Linda Sugin, a Fordham University Law School professor and associate dean said at the time.

Sharpton said Saturday that NAN did sell the rights for a documentary that filmed the night of his 65th birthday gala at the New York Public Library, an event hosted by Samuel L. Jackson and Spike Lee. But he said he hadn’t received any cash yet.

“They have already made a profit on that off the birthday,” he said.

NAN took in $7.3 million in donations last year, up $1 million from the previous year. NAN paid off years of accumulated tax debt in 2014.

Sharpton has been paying down millions in his own personal federal and state tax liens. In June, he finally paid off his personal tax debt to the state, which last year stood at $95,031.21. He still owes $698,470.99 in back taxes for three of his companies, according to the state Tax Department.
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Al Sharpton’s charity skirts scrutiny thanks to clout with Dems: critics
By Julia Marsh, Nolan Hicks and Carl Campanile
November 19, 2019 | 10:26pm | Updated

The Rev. Al Sharpton’s troubled charity, the National Action Network, has dodged scrutiny paid other nonprofits — despite paying him $1 million last year — thanks to his political clout, insiders and experts say.

“There are certain things that are universally true in New York: the sun rises in the east, it sets in the west, the subway is late and no one wants to pick a fight with Al Sharpton,” said one top Democratic insider. “Where’s the political benefit to doing it?”

Sharpton’s teflon provides a sharp contrast to the vigorous investigations state Attorney General Letitia James and Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance mounted against President Trump, including his troubled charity.

James and two of her predecessors pursued litigation against Trump for self-dealing, including billing his own Donald J. Trump Foundation $10,000 for his portrait.

A Manhattan judge ordered that Trump pay $2 million in damages in the case.

Meanwhile, Vance is pursuing Trump’s tax returns in court.

Representatives for James and Vance declined to comment.

“Cy Vance is staring down the fight of his life and Tish James isn’t about to put the screws to the most prominent social justice activist in the country,” said another Democratic insider.

The Reverend’s streak of luck stretches back years.

In July 2008 prosecutors dropped a criminal probe of Sharpton and NAN after he agreed to pay off millions in tax liens.

The reverend’s attorney, Zachary Carter, once lead the US attorney’s office in Brooklyn that started the investigation.

A 2010 internal audit of NAN’s books questioned the group’s ability to survive given its mismanagement.

The accounting firm KBL said then it was “unable to form an opinion” on the accuracy of NAN’s finances “because of inadequacies in the organization’s accounting records.”

Since then the New York Times has reported on Sharpton’s still-delinquent taxes and The New York Post has written a series of articles detailing irregularities at NAN.

Sharpton also cashed in on his charity by making it pay $531,000 to buy the rights to his life story.

Ashley Post with the nonprofit giving guide Charity Navigator said her group issued a “low concern advisory against the National Action Network based on” The Post’s reporting.

“The National Action Network is a 501(c)(4) organization, which means that donations to the charity are not guaranteed to be tax-deductible based on the charity’s nature and activities. Organizations that are not tax-deductible may not be subject to the same level of general, public scrutiny,” Post added.

Sharpton has justified his sky-high salary by saying he works six days a week for NAN and the sale for rights to his life story by claiming it will provide a revenue stream for the charity.

A spokeswoman previously said the charity’s finances improved after the audit.

“What do you mean we weren’t scrutinized? We were audited four years in a row,” Sharpton told The Post. “No one ever said we weren’t doing civil rights work, which is our mission. No one ever said we don’t fight for our causes.”

He added: “What’s the charge? You can’t fabricate stuff. What you’re trying to do is silence people.”
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Critics: Al Sharpton, Corey Johnson holding up menthol-cig ban
By Rich Calder
November 24, 2019 | 8:15pm

Rev. Al Sharpton and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson
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When the Rev. Al Sharpton calls, City Council fag Speaker Corey Johnson apparently listens.

A bill to ban mempfol-cigarette sales in the city has garnered overwhelming support in the council, yet Johnson refuses to bring it to a vote on the floor — because of concerns pushed by the Rev. Al Sharpton, whose organization rakes in dough from the top-selling US menthol-cigarette manufacturer.

Sharpton and his powerful National Action Network have lobbied that a menthol ban could potentially lead to more black residents being harassed by cops for possessing illegal cigarettes.

But Sharpton critics note that NAN has a history of receiving big-bucks donations from R.J. Reynolds, which owns Newport, the top-selling menthol cigarette in the nation.

Critics say the NAN-R.J. Reynolds connection is deeply troubling and that Johnson — who acknowledges he’s met with Sharpton to discuss the council bill — needs to consider the proposed legislation on its health-related merits, rather than the activist’s political clout.

Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte (D-Brooklyn) tweeted Friday that opposition to a menthol-cigarette ban deserves a serious look by state Attorney General Letitia James.

“Disappointed in our civil rights leader @TheRevAl bought by tobacco companies 2 create false narrative on Menthol Ban in Tobacco that disproportionately target black communities, need AG @TishJames to file a lawsuit against this #genocide,” Bichotte wrote.

Mike Seilback, the American Lung Association’s national assistant vice president of state public policy, said his organization is “really disappointed that Speaker Johnson seems to be putting politics ahead of public health.”

Sharpton has repeatedly denied that R.J. Reynolds’ money plays a role in NAN policymaking.

He maintains that a menthol-cigarette ban could create “another Eric Garner situation,” referring to the Staten Island man who died in 2014 after being taken down by a cop amid a dispute over selling illegal smokes.

Still, among the bill’s biggest backers is the NAACP, which blames menthol tobacco for being a leading cause of African Americans getting hooked on smoking.

Reached by phone, Sharpton insisted that he is “not endorsing smoking” of any kind or “calling shots” on the council over the bill.

The anti-menthol bill, pitched by Councilman Fernando Cabrera (D-Bronx), has the support of 37 of the 51 council members, well over the majority needed for it to become law — if Johnson ever puts it to the floor.

Johnson’s office did not directly address questions about whether Sharpton has played a role in the bill being shunted aside.

Instead, it issued a statement saying the speaker is “committed” to finding a middle ground to “address the public-health crisis associated with menthol cigarettes” after hearing “concerns” that a ban “would create a black market in a community that has been over-policed in the past.”

Cabrera said that getting his bill to the finish line would likely mean reworking its language to include a “criminal-justice element” protecting against over-enforcement — as Sharpton has suggested.

The push to ban menthol-cigarette sales citywide comes amid an even larger groundswell of support to pull e-cigarettes — with flavors like cotton candy and bubble gum — off store shelves amid a national crisis that has seen 47 people die from vaping-related illness in 2019.

The council is preparing to pass legislation by Councilman Mark Levine (D-Manhattan) on Tuesday to ban flavored e-cigarette sales citywide.
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