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Al Sharpton’s FEC $500K Fine Cut In Half

From the New York Post:

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April 19, 2009

The Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network have been slapped with a record $285,000 fine for violating a slew of federal election rules during his 2004 bid for president, the Post has learned.

In a decision to be made public next month, the Federal Election Commission found that Sharpton’s Democratic primary campaign accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions from private sources.

It also "kept poor records of its activities and expenditures" and commingled funds with Sharpton’s civil-rights group. All are prohibited under the Federal Election Campaign Act.

Earlier this month, Sharpton and former campaign manager Andrew Rivera signed an agreement with the FEC to pay the fine — among the highest in the regulatory body’s 34-year history.

"Sharpton 2004 materially misstated its receipts and disbursements, as well as cash on hand in 2004," says the April 8 FEC report, which followed an investigation of the Sharpton campaign’s expenses…

At one point, Sharpton racked up $509,188 in campaign expenses on his American Express card. His campaign committee paid $121,996, according to the FEC, but the bulk was paid by the National Action Network and two private corporations controlled by Sharpton. A further $65,000 was paid by unknown sources, the FEC investigation found.

Sharpton also received "excessive in-kind contributions" from La-Van Hawkins, a wealthy supporter and principal of the now-defunct Hawkins Food Group.

Hawkins hosted a posh 2003 fund-raising dinner for Sharpton at his home in Atlanta and flew him to the event on his company jet. The total cost of the flight and the fundraiser — which featured Cristal champagne at $200 a bottle and fresh crab cakes and beef tenderloin for 60 guests — was estimated at more than $12,000, but was not reported by the Sharpton campaign…

In June 2005, Hawkins was convicted of perjury and wire-fraud charges stemming from a corruption scheme involving the payment of bribes to the Philadelphia city treasurer in exchange for city contracts…

"Rev Sharpton is gratified that after full review of the record, the FEC significantly reduced the original fine and stated in the agreement that there was no evidence of intentional wrongdoing by National Action Network or the campaign," said Rachel Noerdlinger, a Sharpton spokeswoman.

According to an earlier audit, Sharpton was to pay a $500,000 penalty.

Of course any fines that the government should decide to impose upon us can be cut in half just as easily.

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., laughs with Rev. Al Sharpton during a speech to an audience at the 9th annual National Action Network convention Saturday, April 21, 2007 in New York.

You really have to wonder why Mr. Sharpton got such special treatment.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, April 19th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Al Sharpton’s FEC $500K Fine Cut In Half”

  1. GL0120 says:

    No evidence of criminal wrongdoing, Al Sharpton?
    Give me a break, the man’s life has been nothing but criminal wrongdoing!

  2. Gila Monster says:

    John Edwards was right, there truly are two America’s. One for law breaking Dhimmirats, libtards and race baiters, the other for us gun owning, Bible clinging, hard working, family oriented domestic terrorists.
    Go figure… ;o)

  3. MinnesotaRush says:

    Can’t ya’ just see the thought bubble of these two dolts that reads .. “Gawd, these people are stupid. This is like taking candy from a baby”.

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    When will the FEC do their job and break ground on the “BlackBarry” Obama election snafu’s? You wanna talk about criminal? This will make the missing 18 minutes of Nixon Tapes look kindergarten. Those excuses didn’t fly either!
    Come on you federal boobs……….EARN your keep and do the job you are suppose to do. The American people are tired of rolling over and taking it because you say so!!

    As for the race baiter Simpleton…..you are approaching the twilight of your life bub…….is you is or is you ain’t…….named in the BOOK of LIFE?
    Vegas has the odds against you. Plus, you can’t take NO LUGGAGE with you………NONE!!

    Try and remember that!

  5. U NO HOO says:

    “You really have to wonder why Mr. Sharpton got such special treatment.”

    Must be a Clergy discount.

    Like we have no property taxes on churches.

  6. canary says:

    Obomi sure likes hugging and squeezing men.

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