Rev Al Sharpton’s National Action Network paid more than $ 80,000 to his relatives in 2019, tax returns show
Pastor Al Sharpton’s civil rights nonprofit, the National Action Network, paid more than $ 80,000 to the pastor’s relatives last year, tax records show.
Most of the family-friendly funds received Sharpton’s 33-year-old daughter Ashley Sharpton, who received $ 63,250 for social media and advisory work for NAN, according to a 2019 tax return obtained by the New York Post.
Reverend Nikki Sharpton’s niece, 45, also got some love from the organization, raising $ 13,750 for special events at NAN’s Atlanta location.
And Sharpton’s estranged wife Kathy Jordan Sharpton, from whom he divorced in 2004, received a grant of $ 5,000 from NAN, the filing revealed.
The money distributed to Sharpton’s relatives represented a fraction of the $ 7.5 million NAN spent over the year, when it received $ 7.8 million in revenue.
Pastor Al Sharpton’s civil rights nonprofit, the National Action Network, paid more than $ 80,000 to the pastor’s relatives last year, tax records show. Most of the family-friendly funds received Sharpton’s 33-year-old daughter Ashley Sharpton (pictured in 2019), who received $ 63,250 for social media and advisory work for NAN
Sharpton’s niece Nikki Sharpton, 45, (left together) was paid $ 13,750 for special events at NAN’s Atlanta location and his estranged wife Kathy Jordan Sharpton (together) received a $ 5,000 grant for a scholarship.
As president of NAN, Sharpton received $ 327,570 in 2019. That salary included an increase of one percent from the year before.
However, Sharpton’s last salary in 2019 was much lower than in 2018, including an additional $ 722,948 on top of his base salary because of money he owed from previous years, NAN said.
About a quarter of NAN’s 2019 spending – $ 1.2 million – was spent on travel and transportation, the tax return showed.
That included an astonishing $ 777,623 paid to Carey International, a luxury limousine service.
NAN spokeswoman Rachel Noerdlinger explained to the Post that car service costs include not only transportation across the country for personnel, but also for talent at the group’s annual conference and for victims attending rallies or lawsuits.
Noerdlinger said Sharpton didn’t use the car service very often because he prefers to use his own vehicle.
The spokeswoman said 2019 saw such high travel costs as it was a “ banner-organizing year in preparation for 2020, ” citing “ voter engagement and registration, work on the census and construction of NAN tech hubs in the United States. ”
As president of NAN, Sharpton received $ 327,570 in 2019, according to the tax return. Sharpton speaks to a crowd at a NAN event in Washington in August
When asked about the scholarship money paid to Sharpton’s wife, Noerdlinger said it was for a scholarship that Kathy Jordan Sharpton runs through her church.
She said NAN has contributed to the fund every year, but the Post noted that no such subsidies have been reported in previous tax returns.
The Post also pointed out that Sharpton’s eldest daughter Dominique Sharpton, 34, was not listed as someone to receive any compensation, even though she has been the membership director for NAN since 2008.
Sharpton founded NAN in New York City in 1991. It profiles itself as an “activist social justice organization operating in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr to Provide a Modern Agenda for Civil and Human Rights’.
NAN’s tax record sparked controversy in 2018 when an filing revealed that Sharpton had sold the rights to his life story to the organization for a dazzling $ 531,000.
NAN explained the sale by saying it could make money by selling the rights to filmmakers or others. It is unclear whether a profit was made with the move two years later.