Al Sharpton Facing More Scrutiny

June 15, 2008 — Anheuser-Busch gave him six figures, Colgate-Palmolive shelled out $50,000 and Macy’s and Pfizer have contributed thousands to the Rev. Al Sharpton’s charity.

Almost 50 companies – including PepsiCo, General Motors, Wal-Mart, FedEx, Continental Airlines, Johnson & Johnson and Chase – and some labor unions sponsored Sharpton’s National Action Network annual conference in April.

Terrified of negative publicity, fearful of a consumer boycott or eager to make nice with the civil-rights activist, CEOs write checks, critics say, to NAN and Sharpton – who brandishes the buying power of African-American consumers. In some cases, they hire him as a consultant.

The cash flows even as the US Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn has been conducting a grand-jury investigation of NAN’s finances.

A General Motors spokesman told The Post that NAN had repeatedly – and unsuccessfully – asked for contributions for six years, beginning in August 2000.

Then, in December 2006, Sharpton threatened to call a boycott of the carmaker over the closing of an African-American-owned GM dealership in The Bronx, and he picketed outside GM headquarters on Fifth Avenue.

Last year, General Motors gave NAN a $5,000 donation. It gave $5,000 more this year, a spokesman said, calling NAN a “worthy” organization.

In November 2003, Sharpton picketed DaimlerChrysler’s Chicago car show and threatened a boycott over alleged racial bias in car loans.

“This is institutional racism,” he bellowed.

In May 2004, Chrysler began supporting NAN’s conferences, which include panels on corporate responsibility and civil rights and a black-tie awards dinner to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Last year, Sharpton gave Chrysler an award for corporate excellence.

In 2003, Sharpton targeted American Honda for not hiring enough African-Americans in management.

“We support those that support us,” wrote Sharpton and the Rev. Horace Sheffield III, president of NAN’s Michigan chapter, in a letter to American Honda. “We cannot be silent while African-Americans spend hard-earned dollars with a company that does not hire, promote or do business with us in a statistically significant manner.”

Two months after American Honda execs met with Sharpton, the carmaker began to sponsor NAN’s events – and continues to pay “a modest amount” each year, a spokesman said.

Courtesy of the NY Post


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8 Responses to “Al Sharpton Facing More Scrutiny”

  1. industryfinest Says:

    this guy is always in the news for something!

  2. southernvoice Says:

    so nativenotes decided to stop trying to pick fights with white people. smart move.

    The Jews who run the government and the media marginlized David Duke and turned him into a symbol of racism at the very same moment Jews and blacks are the most racist and tribal people around.

    Nobody cares because nobody in the world wishes to live in black or jewish podunk countries. They want to take over white countries from Canada to australia.

    Its good for the jews to stir up the population and keep people fighting one another, divide and conquer, or everybody would tell the charlatons like Sharpton to take a hike. Hes nothing but a lowdown con man.

    The thugs who run the country deserve to be saddled with him and they should have to pay him off.

    These are the tactics of black leaders who should be doing the work that Bill Cosby has been doing in attempting to stress education, responsibility and white people’s values which blacks seem to want nothing to do with. Cosby has a thankless job while Sharpton rakes in the dough.

  3. Osay Says:

    Honestly, I can’t say I’m surprised. There’s a lot of African-Americans that haven’t trusted Rev. Sharpton for years and now it seems we have the facts to support those feelings. I have to admit a Boondocks episode (from Season 2) comes to mind as I read this article.

    I’ll stop short of condeming him, since I’m no judge, but I wonder how much good all of that money could’ve done if donated to somewhere that truly needs it (ie: Africa). What EXACTLY does the NAN do anyways?

    ::deep sigh as I shake my head in shame::

  4. CLC Says:

    Now, you already know how I feel about Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. So, we’ll just leave it at that.

  5. yourcynicalbruh, esq. Says:

    southernvoice go to hell! al sharpton is no different that white evangelical preachers who suck on the tit of the conservative establishment in their efforts to spew their false sense of morality and christianity! i dont have a problem with exposing al sharpton for the crook that he really is, but lets not kid ourselves–he’s no different from the roberts and fallwells!

  6. southernvoice Says:

    Well yourcynicalbruh there is some difference between Robertson, Falwel, Hagee and other Christian leaders on the right and Al Sharpton.

    The difference is that while these white Christian leaders sell out Jesus and their own fellow WASPs it doesn’t hurt the WASPs in the same way that Sharpton hurts blacks who have few leaders who actually champion what is best for them.

    Bill Cosby is a good leader for blacks even if his personal life is not always a proper model. At least he has the best interests of blacks at heart and Sharpton does not.

    White people have plenty of leaders and are not at all tribal as blacks are. We also have access to books and colleges and intellectual leadership as well as leaders in both major parties which blacks do not have.

    Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are the only two names that come to mind. Of course you now have Obama but the way I figure it there was a stratagy in the planning of the grooming of Barack for the White House.

    This grooming began during the Clinton years. Clearly the Clintons had endeared themselves to blacks and Bill was called the first black to sit in the White House. In order to keep the Clintons out of the White House and prevent Hillary from winning the democratic nomination the only choice anti-Clinton democrats had was to choose a black man to run. They gambled and won. Now they own Obama.

    Remember, in the last presidential election the Jewish moneybags that run the party gave Al Gore the boot. They told him that he would get no party money or support and forced him to drop out of the race even tho polls showed that democrats wanted him as our nominee.

    Then the moneybags foist John Kerry off on us. Kerry was a rabid warmonger who supported the holocaust in Iraq.

    Whether a liberal or neocon got into the White House our middle east policies would be the same. Think about that.

    Iraq was a threat to podunk land Israel, not the USA. We used our own WMD to deter and defeat the Soviet Union, we were not afraid of Iraq even if it had been armed to the teeth.

    The lesson is that the nomination process is fixed. Obama is owned by the moneybags lock, stock and barrel. He won’t do anything for blacks. He is already talking about bombing Iran. Because it is a threat to us? No. Because it funds Hamas and Hesbollah.

    With Iraq and Iran out of the picture Israel can have hygemony in the middle east. Of course its not the place of black Americans or white Americans to secure a Jewish state. We have nothing vested in whether the Jews have their own state or not and our resources and money should not be used for that purpose but thats what happens because of Jewish money running everything. You see why I talk about Jews all the time and oppose them?

  7. southernvoice Says:

    Plus Al Sharpton is devisive. White people don’t appreciate it when blacks whine all the time and accuse everyone of racism and act like victims. Blacks are as free and equal under the law as everyone else and it is YOUR responsibility to get an education and to secure a good life for yourselves. When that doesn’t happen you accuse white people of keeping you down. That is Sharpton’s thrust. Its everybody else’s fault.

    Cosby on the other hand, like Obama, stresses that you must value education and responsibility for your families and your own lives.

    After all blacks, as you have pointed out to me, now can attend white schools and live whereever you please etc etc etc. You get access to the same education that white kids do.

    Yet you are not making anything of it because more blacks are in prison than college. So whose at fault for your condition? I don’t see how whites can do any more than has already been done.

    We don’t see how its our fault and its not very appealing to have someone whining that we don’t do enough for them. Its not our place. We’ve already done everything that we can do.

  8. southernvoice Says:

    PS – Do you all want to learn something? In my Stanley Foundation newsletter they sent this great link.

    Go to this site and you can read every little detail about what our futures hold in America and the rest of the world.

    In the next century the United States will decline in power as other nations will rise in power so that there will not be a great power that stands alone as the USA has done in the past century.

    I am going to read every word of this website. Thats how I learn. Are you guys interested?

    I figure that globalization is given to us by rich elites for their own benefit. I also figure that it might be in MY best interests to prevent globalization. In order to do that I must understand what is happening. So must you if you wish to look out for YOUR interests. Are you game?

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