‘Rules don’t apply to Al’: Sharpton’s family got paid over $80K by his nonprofit charity

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Turns out, so-called Rev. Al Sharpton is not the only one profiting nicely from his charity group, as tax filings show that his family is partaking in the haul.

The National Action Network doled out over $80,000 in payments to Sharpton’s relatives, according to the New York Post, which obtained the charity’s most recent tax filing.


Sharpton’s 33-year-old daughter Ashley Sharpton got the lion’s share of the largess, receiving $63,250 last year to do social media work and consulting, the paper reported. Niece Nikki Dharpton got $13,750 for special-event work in NAN’s Atlanta bureau.

Even Sharpton’s estranged wife Kathy Jordan Sharpton, 64, got a cut, receiving a $5,000 grant that was listed as scholarship money — the couple has been separated since 2004.

The NAN website state that the group “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.”

One thing is certain, NAN has proven to be very good to Sharpton.

In addition to what MSNBC pays the race agitator, Sharpton received a salary of $327,570 in 2019 as the charity’s president, which was reportedly a modest 1% raise.

“It was a mere pittance compared to 2018’s haul when he got an extra $722,948 on top of his base pay of $324,000,” the Post noted, adding that NAN said the extra money was to make up for years when he was not fully paid.

The article stated that NAN $7.8 million in revenue last year and spent $7.5 million, further noting that “an eye-popping $777,623 going to Carey International, a high-end car service which boasts of its ‘world-class fleet’ and ‘certified, professional chauffeurs.'”

Another $1.2 million was spent on air, train, and other travel costs — spokeswoman Rachel Noerdlinger told the paper the car service expenses included bringing in dignitaries and talent for the group’s annual conference in New York and regional meetings, and to take victims to rallies or trials.

NAN was in the news in 2018 when Sharpton sold the rights to his life story to the charity for $531,000, with the nonprofit supposedly benefitting by being able to sell the rights to filmmakers or others.

Sharpton has been inundated with tax problems since the 80s, and USA Today reported recently that he still owes nearly $700,000 in back taxes for three for-profit businesses.

Here’s a quick sampling of online responses to the story from social media users, who note that “rules don’t apply to Al.”

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