ON-Lion Letter

"So far, every for-profit enterprise started by Rev. Al Sharpton and known to National Review Online has been shut down in at least one jurisdiction for failure to pay taxes, a review of public records in New York and Delaware reveals," begins a February article by Jillian Kay Melchior.

Melchior is a Thomas L. Rhodes Fellow for the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity and a senior fellow at the Independent Women's Forum (IWF).  The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports the Franklin Center's Rhodes Fellowship program and IWF.

"Records show that Sharpton's beleaguered for-profit entities often overlap and intertwine, some sharing ties with the reverend's nonprofit organization, National Action Network," Melchior continues.  "Their financial records are copious, confusing, and sometimes outright bizarre, and together, they depict persistent financial woes for Sharpton, who also personally owes New York State nearly $596,000, according to active tax warrants."

She details several instances of the strange tax-debt records of Sharpton-founded for-profit groups.

"[T]he reverend’s financial woes and big-spending lifestyle," according to Melchior, "may be catching up to him, says Carl Redding, a former Sharpton aide who has since publicly criticized the reverend.

"'What he's doing is negligent,' Redding says, adding that he can’t fathom why, after all of Sharpton’s past tax troubles, the reverend continues to make the same financial mistakes," Melchior writes.

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