NASCAR Asked to End Sharpton Support in Wake of Ferguson Police Shootings

I have sent this letter to Brian France, Chief Executive Office of NASCAR:

We ask that NASCAR end its financial support of Al Sharpton and his organization, the National Action Network (NAN). 

According to programs for the NAN national convention, NASCAR has served as a sponsor of the event in recent years, which is Sharpton’s primary annual fundraising event.

The cold-blooded murder of two New York City police officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, followed weeks of Sharpton’s vilification of law enforcement personnel. Now two police officers have been gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri.

This is not the first time that violence and loss of life have followed Sharpton’s agitation, such as in the 1991 Crown Heights riots and the 1995 Freddy’s Fashion Mart incident. Sharpton’s involvement in these and other abhorrent episodes, such as the Tawana Brawley hoax, are a matter of record.

I have enclosed a new book …

Sharpton Documents Lost in Mysterious Fires

Today at National Review Online, Jillian Kay Melchior revisits two mysterious fires at Al Sharpton’s offices, in 1997 and 2003. In both, important documents were allegedly destroyed. Melchior deserves credit for going back so far, reexamining fire department reports, and actually finding people close to the incidents.

Her very detailed story describes two Complaints filed by the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) with the Federal Election Commission that reference the fires, and Sharpton’s general disdain for filings and disclosures required of nonprofit organizations and political campaigns. From the article:

The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) filed two complaints with the FEC, helping trigger an investigation into Sharpton’s presidential campaign. The FEC later found that both National Action Network and other entities had illegally paid for travel expenses incurred by Sharpton’s campaign, in part because “Sharpton 2004 kept poor records of its activities and expenditures.”

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New Sharpton Book Coming February 15

Sharpton book coverTiming is everything. And in this 300+ page book titled Sharpton, A Demagogue’s Rise, longtime Sharpton watcher and critic Carl F. Horowitz could not be more timely.

The cold-blooded murder of two New York City police officers followed weeks of Sharpton’s vilification of law enforcement. The controversial minister and activist now finds himself front and center, a position he has always sought, but in a way he did not plan.

Horowitz not only explodes the myths about Sharpton by carefully documenting his past, but indicts a political culture that made possible his spectacular rise.

Horowitz is a staff director of the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), a group that has exposed political corruption since 1991. Through a series of NLPC-filed Complaints to the Federal Election Commission, Sharpton has been fined hundreds of thousands of dollars.

PR for the book’s released is being handled by LEVICK. Media inquiries may …

Sharpton’s Shakedowns Get Scrutiny

Getting attention is our request that Walmart and other big companies stop funding Al Sharpton and his organization, the National Action Network (NAN), in the wake of the police murders in New York City. On January 5, I was a guest on “Fox and Friends” on the Fox News Channel.

I was also a guest on Money With Melissa Francis on the Fox Business Network.

Additionally, I was interviewed on CBS Insider, a syndicated TV program, and I was a guest on several radio shows.

On September 4, the New York Post published a front-page story on Sharpton’s shakedowns. From the article:

Al Sharpton has enriched himself and NAN for years by threatening companies with bad publicity if they didn’t come to terms with him. Put simply, Sharpton specializes in shakedowns,” said Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal & Policy Center, a Virginia-based watchdog group that has produced a

Colgate-Palmolive CEO Admits Bankrolling Sharpton After Company Denied It

Sharpton photoYesterday, Dr. Carl Horowitz of the NLPC staff spoke at the Colgate-Palmolive annual meeting in New York City in support of our resolution asking the company to disclose its charitable contributions. In the past year, Colgate had both ballyhooed and denied that it supports Sharpton’s group, the National Action Network (NAN).

Horowitz forced CEO Ian Cook to admit that the company is a donor to NAN. Cook did not explain why the company denied it in October 2009.

Here are Horowitz’ remarks:
I’d like to focus on recent donations by Colgate-Palmolive to National Action Network, headed by Rev. Al Sharpton.

Peter Flaherty, our organization’s president, raised this issue two years ago at this meeting. He noted in front of shareholders that Colgate-Palmolive had accepted a “corporate excellence” award from Sharpton. He then asked a logical question: Did Colgate-Palmolive give to National Action Network, and, if so, how much? …

Sharpton’s Arizona Mission: Corporate- and Union-Sponsored

Sharpton waves paper photoReverend Al Sharpton has something new to be angry about. Last Friday, April 23, Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer signed legislation known as “SB1070” requiring law enforcement authorities to ask all criminal suspects to provide evidence of legal U.S. residence. The law is set to take effect 90 days after signing. Sharpton is determined to prevent that from happening. He recently announced his intent to travel to Arizona to stage mass protests against what he says is an assault on Hispanic civil rights.

Staging this campaign will cost money. But “the Rev” doesn’t have many worries on this score. His New York-based nonprofit group, National Action Network (NAN), continues to receive financial support from some of the nation’s biggest and most well known corporations and unions. This was very much in evidence at NAN’s four-day 12th annual conference, his biggest fundraising event of the year, held earlier this month in …

‘New’ Al Sharpton Draws Praise from Obama, Top Officials

Sharpton photoIf Al Sharpton was radioactive to future President Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign, he’s become a shadow member of Obama’s cabinet. The working relationship between the radical black civil rights leader and the administration was very much in evidence last week at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers where Sharpton’s nonprofit group, National Action Network (NAN), held its 12th annual convention.  Three cabinet members – Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Housing & Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan – spoke at the corporate-bankrolled four-day event, which featured top-echelon personalities from politics, business, labor, clergy, philanthropy and entertainment. The administration believes Reverend Al’s newfound “pragmatism” is a political asset. Yet the older, incendiary Sharpton remains just beneath the surface.

Al Sharpton is now arguably the nation’s number-one black political activist, even more influential than his one-time mentor, Jesse Jackson. And like Jackson, …

MSNBC Covers Steele/Sharpton Flap

MSNBC’s Mara Schiavocampo reported live on Wednesday, April 14 from the National Action Network (NAN) conference about NLPC’s request that Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele cancel his Thursday speech. Steele should have listened to us. According to the New York Daily News:

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele embraced the Rev. Al Sharpton as a “strong leader” yesterday while comparing some in his own party to an elephant’s rear end.

Steele so far has weathered a recent controversy over RNC spending, including a $2,000 tab at a bondage-themed club in California, which upset fellow Republicans.

But his speech to a midtown gathering of Sharpton’s National Action Network could set off a new round of GOP head-scratching.

Though Sharpton has long been vilified by Republicans, Steele hailed him as a “friend.”

This came during the same week that Sharpton attacked Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in racially-charged terms. …

Are Republican National Committee Donors Now Bankrolling Sharpton?

Sharpton photoThe annual conference of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN) runs today through Saturday in New York City. According to the official program, the “Republican National Convention” is among the 45 sponsors of the event that serves as Sharpton’s biggest fundraising event of the year. Perhaps the program was supposed to read “Republican National Committee.” According to NAN, sponsorship requires a contribution of $5,000 to $100,000.

If the RNC is now a donor to Sharpton’s group, it is another blow to RNC donors, already reeling from the lesbian bondage club episode. It would also mean that RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s staff has been less than forthcoming with me about the RNC’s actual involvement. Steele is speaking at the event this afternoon, an appearance we asked him to cancel. Yesterday, RNC Coalitions Director Angela Sailor insisted to me that Steele’s purpose in participating was to reach the 500-1,000 attendees …

RNC Chair Steele Refuses to Cancel Speech at Sharpton Event

Steele photoAngela Sailor, the Republican National Committee’s Director of Coalitions, called me today to inform me that Michael Steele will speak as scheduled at the annual conference of Al Sharpton’s group, the National Action Network (NAN). On April 4, NLPC asked Steele to withdraw from the event, which takes place tomorrow through Saturday in New York City.

When I went through each of our objections, Ms. Sailor gave me some permutation of the following:

Chairman Steele is going to New York to speak to 500-1,000 people in a ballroom to ask them to support Republican candidates.

When I asked if Steele might have better luck elsewhere, she claimed that many of the attendees are “independent,” who she characterized as “swing voters.” When I queried whether most attendees, who are paying for travel and New York hotel rooms, were more likely activists committed to Sharpton’s message, Sailor stuck to the …

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