Attention landlords: Before you rent a property, check references carefully. If you rent to lowlifes, you will be sorry. Take professional race-baiter Al Sharpton, for example:
Sharpton’s nonprofit vehicle, National Action Network (NAN), is seven months behind on its rent for downtown Washington building space it sublets from the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, or COMTO. The overall debt now exceeds $28,000.
COMTO could have avoided this mess by looking into Sharpton’s background.
As National Legal and Policy Center reported in September 2010, the man has a pattern of stiffing creditors. An audit by the accounting firm KBL showed that the Harlem, N.Y.-based National Action Network owed nearly $1.35 million in combined back federal, state and city taxes and penalties at the close of 2008. In April 2009 the Federal Election Commission fined NAN $285,000 for campaign finance law violations committed during his run for president during 2003-04; the FEC in 2004 already had ordered Sharpton’s campaign to return $100,000 in federal matching funds and forgo nearly another $80,000 for which he presumably had qualified. NAN also shortchanged the Peabody Hotel in Memphis for about $70,000 on activities (not including Peabody management’s attorney’s fees and miscellaneous costs) related to its 2008 annual convention at the elegant venue. And the group also failed to make good on at least $50,000, and as much as $193,000, to a New York travel agency, Alpha International Travel, for hotel and airline reservations.
It’s not that Sharpton doesn’t have the money to pay his bills.
National Action Network for years has attracted generous corporate donations. Sponsors of the group’s 2012 convention (listed in the program) include: AT&T, Best Buy, Coca-Cola, Facebook, Fedex, Ford Motor Company, General Electric, Home Depot, Macy’s, McDonald’s, The News Corporation, PepsiCo, Verizon and Wal-Mart. With that kind of backing, how come NAN can’t pay its rent? And where has the money been going?
Where do you think? Sharpton is the self-indulgent cockroach who began his career as point man in the appalling Tawana Brawley hoax. He went on to lead lethal pogroms in Brooklyn and Harlem. From there he dug downward until reaching rock bottom: his own program on MSNBC. Lies, parasitism, and irresponsibility have been very good to Reverend Al.
On a tip from R F.