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Colgate-Palmolive Denies Supporting Sharpton Group in Wake of Rush Limbaugh/NFL Controversy

Colgate adEmailers protesting Colgate-Palmolive’s support for Al Sharpton’s group,  the National Action Network (NAN), are getting a response that reads, in part:

We did not participate in the 2009 NAN Conference in New York City.

That’s interesting, because the conference program identifies Colgate-Palmolive as a “sponsor.” Even more interesting, a Colgate-Palmolive ad in a separate program from the same event states, in part:

Colgate-Palmolive is honored to be named Corporation of the Year by the National Action Network…

Sharpton’s Corporate Sponsors Funded Anti-Rush Limbaugh Campaign

Sharpton photoAl Sharpton’s platform for his assault on Rush Limbaugh’s NFL ownership bid was the National Action Network (NAN), which is bankrolled by corporate America.

The following companies were identified this year by NAN as “sponsors”: American Honda, Anheuser Busch, Colgate-Palmolive, Comcast, Entergy, Ford Motor Company, Home Depot, Johnson & Johnson, Macy’s, PepsiCo, Pfizer and Wal-Mart. Sponsorship reportedly cost $50,000.

NLPC is asking these companies to end their support for Sharpton and NAN. Here’s how to contact them:

American Honda
phone: 1-800-999-1009 (Mon.-Fri., 6:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Pacific Time)
Fax: 310-783-3023 (24 hours)
Click here to find your local dealer.

Sharpton Should Shut Up About Rush Limbaugh NFL Owner Bid

Sharpton coverI am not sure why Rush Limbaugh would want to own an NFL team. It is surely more fun to criticize the establishment on a daily basis than to become part of it. Leaving that aside, the last person in the world who should have a say in the matter is Al Sharpton. (The next to last is his mentor Jesse Jackson.)

Sharpton has written a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell saying the NFL should reject Limbaugh’s bid. Yesterday the New York Times actually referred to Sharpton’s group, the National Action Network, as “a civil rights organization,” demonstrating the legitimacy that Sharpton has somehow come to enjoy in recent years. Let’s see if Goodell will further elevate Sharpton’s stature by responding in a serious way.

Taxpayer-Owned Citigroup Still Bankrolling ACORN

Citigroup logoNow that taxpayers are Citigroup’s biggest shareholder, owning 36% of common stock, it is time for the company and its foundation to end its relationship with ACORN and its affiliates.

Citigroup has received $45 billion in taxpayer TARP funds. In addition, taxpayers are on the hook for the lion’s share of losses on the company’s $335 billion loan portfolio.

According to the 2008 annual tax return of the Citi Foundation, it provided the ACORN Institute, Inc. with grants of $500,000 for each of the years 2006, 2007 and 2008, for a total of $1.5 million.

Flaherty Rips JPMorgan Chase for ACORN Support on Glenn Beck Program

NLPC President Peter Flaherty criticizes big bank support for ACORN on Glenn Beck Program on Fox News Channel on August 19, 2009 with host Judge Andrew Napolitano. Click here to download a 2-page pdf transcript.

The 'Rooney Rule': Pro Football's Affirmative Action Deception

Dan RooneyImagine an America in which employers faced steep fines for failing to interview a sufficient number of minority candidates for a vacant management slot prior to making a hiring decision. Even in this day and age, where Diversity rules, that might seem a far-fetched scenario. Yet for the last half-dozen years, this has been the way the National Football League has operated. And its advocates are seeking ways to expand this regime to a variety of venues - and with a strong assist from government.

Sharpton Rakes In Corporate Bucks But Stiffs Hotel

Sharpton photoAccording to today’s Memphis Daily News:

The South’s Grand Hotel is trying to collect a grand sum of money it claims is owed by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s nonprofit civil rights group.

The Peabody hotel has filed a lawsuit in Shelby County Circuit Court against Sharpton’s National Action Network seeking payment of almost $70,300, plus more than $17,000 in attorney’s fees and other costs. The lawsuit, which puts the total close to $88,000, was filed Tuesday…

The Peabody was the site of the 2008 national convention of the National Action Network (NAN). Corporate sponsors included Abbott Laboratories, Allstate, American Honda, Anheuser-Busch (since acquired by InBev), Chase Foundation, Chrysler, Colgate-Palmolive, Continental Airlines, Entergy, FedEx, Ford, GM, Home Depot, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Pfizer, UPS Foundation and Wal-Mart.

Sharpton’s Busses Don’t Show Up for DC Rally; Marchers Stranded

Yesterday, we criticized the Sharpton-led rally for education in Washington, DC that is taking place tomorrow, Saturday, May 16. The "Close the Gap" rally purportedly commemorates the 55th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Brown vs. Board of Education decision. It looks like the event may be smaller than organizers planned.

From the website of WDAF-TV in Kansas City:

Hundreds of people across the country including in Kansas City were planning to head to Washington D.C. Friday to join in a rally for education. But, instead they've been left standing around waiting for buses that never came.

New NLPC Special Report Exposes the Real Al Sharpton

Sharpton report coverNLPC today released a special report titled Mainstreaming Demagoguery: Al Sharpton’s Rise to Respectability. It is a thorough examination of the character, career and impact of the controversial Reverend by Dr. Carl Horowitz of the NLPC staff.

Click here or on the cover to the right to download a 50-page pdf version.

Sharpton has been the subject of extensive media coverage and criticism in the past. But nothing so far has delved into Sharpton’s beliefs and tactics the way this report does. In particular, the report seeks to set the record straight, with details of Sharpton’s history, which includes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence.

SPECIAL REPORT: Wal-Mart Embraces Controversial Causes: Bid to Appease Liberal Interest Groups Will Likely Fail, Hurt Business

Wal-Mart report coverPublished in 2006 and updated in 2008, "Wal-Mart Embraces Controversial Causes: Bid to Appease Liberal Interest Groups Will Likely Fail, Hurt Business" was written by NLPC Director of Policy John Carlisle. Click here or its cover to the right to download the 24-page pdf version.

The Report details Wal-Mart’s journey from a company that embodied Sam Walton’s bedrock values to a powerful instrument of the political Left. The premise of the Report, that Wal-Mart cannot successfully satisfy anti-business activists, has been confirmed during the current fight over the so-called Employee Free Choice Act. Union-funded activists continue to harass and smear the company for its opposition to “card check.”

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