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Fed Prope Targets Al Sharpton’s Finances

From New York’s Daily News:

Subpoenas for Al Sharpton’s aides

By GREG B. SMITH and LARRY McSHANE

Thursday, December 13th 2007

The Rev. Al Sharpton’s finances are target of a federal probe.

Teams of federal agents swooped down on up to 10 close associates of the Rev. Al Sharpton Wednesday, demanding the flamboyant clergyman’s financial records since 2001.

Sharpton’s former chief of staff said he was roused at his Harlem home about 6:30 a.m. by two FBI agents who handed him a subpoena to bring the records to a federal grand jury the day after Christmas.

Several employees of Sharpton’s National Action Network also got wakeup subpoenas to testify before the Brooklyn panel, the rabble-rousing reverend’s lawyer said.

The FBI and IRS are investigating whether Sharpton improperly misstated the amount of money he raised during his 2004 White House run to illegally obtain federal matching funds, a source familiar with the probe said.

Sharpton, although forced to return $100,000 in matching taxpayer funds after an investigation two years ago, denied any wrongdoing at the time.

The feds are also looking into allegations of tax fraud, including whether Sharpton commingled funds from his nonprofit National Action Network with several of his for-profit ventures, the source said

A Sharpton spokesman said the reverend, who pleaded guilty in 1993 to a misdemeanor for failure to file a tax return, would assist with the probe…

Amazingly, Mr. Rev. Sharpton somehow found his way to a microphone to cry racism respond.

From his never fazed boosters at the Associated Press:

The Rev. Al Sharpton angrily denounced reports

Federal Investigators Subpoena Financial Records, Employees In Sharpton Probe

NEW YORK (AP) ― The Rev. Al Sharpton angrily denounced reports Thursday that federal authorities are investigating his 2004 presidential bid, suggesting that the Justice Department was retaliating against him for his civil rights advocacy.

“I have probably been under every investigation known to man and I can’t remember a time that I’ve not been under investigation,” Sharpton said at a hastily called news conference at the Harlem headquarters of his civil rights organization.

“So when this latest story surfaced, it was my inclination to not even respond. The issues raised are issues that we’ve learned over and over again, particularly when we are approaching an election season.” …

As many as 10 Sharpton associates were subpoenaed Wednesday to testify before a federal grand jury in Brooklyn Dec. 26, his lawyer told the Daily News. They were told to provide investigators with financial records from the campaign and roughly six Sharpton-related businesses, as well as personal financial documents of Sharpton and his wife, the newspaper said…

Sharpton said he thought the timing of the investigation was suspicious, coming just weeks after he led a march on the Justice Department to demand federal intervention in the Jena Six case and better enforcement of hate crimes.

Funny, I can’t remember a time when Mr. Sharpton wasn’t a race-baiting grifter.

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