“Reverend” Al Sharpton flies to Minneapolis for more camera time after stepping onto private jet

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NEW YORK, NY- Al Sharpton…man of the people, right? Maybe, but only if those people happen to fly private jets to jet set across the country to race bait out in Minneapolis.

The New York Post reported that Sharpton, who calls himself a “reverend” despite not actually preaching at a church, and is of course known as one of the leading race-baiters in the country flew a private jet out to get more camera time as the Derek Chauvin trial grows to a close.

Posting on Twitter, the hapless Sharpton said:

“Headed to Minneapolis to stand with the Floyd family as closing arguments are set to be made today,” Sharpton [allegedly] wrote. Honestly, sounds a bit too sophisticated for the usually verbally challenged Sharpton.

Last week Sharpton claimed that Hollywood producer Tyler Perry offered the use of his private jet during a press conference at Times Square. Sharpton said he asked the mother of Eric Garner—the New York man who died in police custody in Staten Island in 2014—to accompany him on the trip.

This isn’t the first time Sharpton flew a private jet, having used the same form of transportation when he was asked to give the eulogy at George Floyd’s funeral last year.

“Y’all do know I’m Al Sharpton. I’m going to say what I got to say,” Sharpton said at the funeral.

Yeah, just like he did in 1987 when he helped a teenager, Tawana Brawley make up a rape allegation that allegedly happened in Dutchess County, New York.

It was later decided that “a special state grand jury later determined that Brawley had fabricated her claims, perhaps to avoid punishment for staying out too late.”

One of the men who was accused of being one of her attackers, Steven Pagones filed a defamation suit against Sharpton, Brawley and Brawley’s attorneys. Of course Sharpton didn’t pay the $65,000 judgment himself…the Village Voice noted that he “paid off his debt with money raised by his supporters.” Of course.

Sharpton, who despite having difficulty stringing a cogent sentence together, has managed to keep a program on far-left network MSNBC. He has also made a ton of money off his own charity, earning a cool $1.046 million dollars in 2018, according to the Post.

Sharpton defended his “paltry” income, claiming he “works hard” for that money.

“It’s a six-day-a-week job and several hours a day [emphasis added] and when compared it to other companies, other non profits, that’s the salary that they would get,” he said.

Back in 2015, the Post noted that “corporations have shelled out thousands of dollars in donations and consulting fees to Sharpton’s National Action Network. What they get in return is the reverend’s supposed sway in the black community, or more often, his silence.”

Sharpton’s apparent disconnect from his so-called “man of the people” façade earned him a lot of criticism on social media.

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HARLEM, NY- According to recent tax filings obtained by the New York Post, Rev. Al Sharpton’s charity kept a lot of money within the family, reportedly paying more than $80,000 to his relatives during 2019.

The charity, the National Action Network (NAN), allegedly paid Sharpton’s 33-year-old daughter Ashley Sharpton $63,250 last year to do “social media” work and “consulting”. The charity also paid out $13,750 to Sharpton’s niece, Nikki Sharpton, 45, for “special-event” work in NAN’s Atlanta bureau. 

Sharpton’s eldest daughter, Dominique, 34, who has been the organization’s membership director since 2008, is not listed as receiving any compensation in the tax filings. However, in 2018, she received a $95,000 payout in a lawsuit settlement with the city after she claimed she suffered a sprained ankle by walking on cracked pavement in Soho.

In addition, NAN gave a $5,000 grant to Sharpton’s wife, Kathy Jordan Sharpton, which was listed on their taxes as “scholarship money.” The Rev. actually separated from his wife back in 2004. The Harlem-based charity:

“Is an activist social justice organization that works with the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to provide a modern civil rights and human rights agenda.”

The charity’s website urges visitors to “donate today” to ensure that NAN “continues fighting for justice.” The charity works to uphold the dream, legacy, and spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Reportedly, last year, the charity received $7.8 million in revenue and it spent out $7.5 million. The report said that a quarter of the expenses were devoted to travel and transportation with an astounding $777,623 going to Carey International.

Carey International is a high-end car service, which boasts of its “world-class fleet” and its “certified, professional chauffeurs.”

Allegedly, another $1.2 million went to air, train, and other travel costs. The tax filing noted that either Sharpton or Michael Hardy, the general counsel, flies first class.

In response to the most recent tax filings, NAN spokeswoman Rachel Noerdlinger said that the car service budget paid for travel across the country that included transporting dignitaries to the group’s annual conference and regional meetings as well as transporting victims to rallies or trials.

She said that Sharpton has his own car and uses the car services “infrequently.” She did not comment on what type of car he drove.

Noerdlinger called 2019 a “banner organizing year in preparation for 2020.” She said that travel increased due of “voter engagement and registration.” She also said that they did a lot of work around the census and construction of NAN tech hubs around the country.

Noerdlinger claimed that the money for Sharpton’s wife went to a scholarship fund through her own church and that NAN contributes to every year. However, no such grants have been listed on the organization’s tax filings in recent years. 

Laurie Styron, the director of CharityWatch, a watchdog group said that compensation to the close family members of an organization’s trustees or key employees must be disclosed on the tax filing. 

Sharpton, 66,  president of NAN , received a 1 percent raise in 2019, raising his yearly pay to $327,570. Prior to that, in 2018, he received an extra $722,948 in addition to his base pay of $324,000. NAN claimed that the extra cash was to make up for the years when he was not fully paid:

“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, who is an MSNBC host, founded NAN in 1991. His relationship with the group raised some concern in 2018 when tax filings revealed he was selling the rights to his life story to the nonprofit for $531,000. NAN said that it would make money by selling the rights to filmmakers or others.

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