Al Sharpton shakes down corporations for big bucks so he won’t label them racist

As we start the new year, I’ve been thinking about all the talk from the progressive socialist far left about money in politics – which we’ll soon see ramping up in advance of the presidential election cycle of 2016. Related to that is the rise of crony capitalism — Solyndra comes to mind.

The last thing our free market economic system needs is government nepotism picking winners and losers in the marketplace. However, even more disconcerting is that corporate extortion based on political agendas is beginning to plague our economy, played out by none other than the poster child for race baiting extortion, Al Sharpton.

Good old Al seems to have developed quite a nice little “consulting business,” essentially shaking down corporations for cash in order to burnish their images.

As reported by the New York Post, “Want to influence a casino bid? Polish your corporate image? Not be labeled a racist? Then you need to pay Al Sharpton.”

“For more than a decade, corporations have shelled out thousands of dollars in donations and consulting fees to Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN). What they get in return is the reverend’s supposed sway in the black community or, more often, his silence.”

“Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal met with the activist preacher after leaked e-mails showed her making racially charged comments about President Obama.”

Of course if a known conservative had made such comments about President Obama’s movie-going preferences, it would still be making headlines until that person was fired or financially destroyed.

And let’s not forget the hypocrisy of Sharpton’s NAN owing an estimated $4.5 million in back taxes with no consequence. Sharpton’s defense? It’s racist to mention it!

I suppose the success of NAN indicates corporate extortion is now an accepted cost of doing business. Or is it just accepted when it’s politically expedient based on the new definitions of right and wrong?

“Pascal and her team were said to be “shaking in their boots” and “afraid of the Rev,” The Post reported. “No payments to NAN have been announced, but Sharpton and Pascal agreed to form a “working group” to focus on racial bias in Hollywood.”

What kind of America is it where corporations are fearful of a single individual? I find it hard to believe there’s a “need” for a working group on racial bias in Hollywood.

And how is it that this same individual — with a nefarious and questionable past — can demand and receive audience with the president of the United States and the mayor of the largest city in America? Could it be that Barack Obama aka Barry Soetoro and Bill de Blasio aka Warren Wilhelm Jr., fully embrace and endorse corporate extortion? I only include those facts to demonstrate how things are not always what they seem.

“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 book on Sharpton. And as The Post states, “One example of Sharpton’s playbook has emerged in tax filings and a state inspector general’s report. In 2008, Plainfield Asset Management, a Greenwich, Conn.-based hedge fund, made a $500,000 contribution to New York nonprofit Education Reform Now. That money was immediately funneled to the National Action Network. The donation raised eyebrows. Although the money was ostensibly to support NAN’s efforts to bring “educational equality,” it also came at a time that Plainfield was trying to get a lucrative gambling deal in New York. Plainfield had a $250 million stake in Capital Play, a group trying to secure a license to run the coming racino at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens. Capital Play employed a lobbyist named Charlie King, who also was the acting executive director of NAN. Sharpton has said that most of the Plainfield contribution went to pay King’s salary. King’s company, the Movement Group, was paid $243,586 by NAN in 2008, tax records show.”

Now, I don’t mean to be redundant but just imagine if any black conservative owed the IRS and was running such a scheme? I doubt Fox News would give them their own show. And it goes without saying they wouldn’t be visiting the White House — but rather the Big House. Why does America turn a blind eye to this abhorrent behavior – not to mention the whole Tawana Brawley incident – and quite literally pays homage? This “white guilt” is big business.

“Sharpton raised $1 million for NAN at his 60th birthday bash in October, with donations rolling in from unions and a corporate roster of contributors including AT&T, McDonald’s, Verizon and Walmart. Companies have long gotten in line to pay Sharpton. Macy’s and Pfizer have forked over thousands to NAN, as have General Motors, American Honda and Chrysler. NAN had repeatedly and without success asked GM for donations for six years beginning in August 2000, a GM spokesman told The Post. Then, in 2006, Sharpton threatened a boycott of GM over the planned closing of an African-American-owned dealership in The Bronx (remember when many auto dealerships were closed early in Obama’s first term? It seems many had donated to GOP candidates).

“He picketed outside GM’s Fifth Avenue headquarters. GM wrote checks to NAN for $5,000 in 2007 and another $5,000 in 2008. Sharpton targeted American Honda in 2003 for not hiring enough African-Americans in management positions.”

Is this the new way in America? A mobocracy?

“We support those that support us,” Sharpton wrote to the company. “We cannot be silent while African-Americans spend hard-earned dollars with a company that does not hire, promote or do business with us in a statistically significant manner.” Two months later, car-company leaders met with Sharpton, and Honda began to sponsor NAN’s events. The protests stopped.”

Sure seems like “support” is defined by Rev. Al Sharpton as doing what he demands — and who determines what is a “statistically significant manner?”

Consumers make decisions with their wallets regarding whose products they will purchase. But having a radical group target corporations in order to extort money isn’t just wrong, it sure seems criminal to me – no matter who does. Remember the assault on Chick-fil-A that was met with Gov. Mike Huckabee’s endorsement to support the company? Chick-fil-A’s sales skyrocketed.

The type of influence exhibited by Al Sharpton against corporations has to disturb us. It’s not in keeping with the principles of a free market economy. I have no qualms about insisting upon reforms or practices that support American workers. But answer me this, in the end for whom is Al Sharpton advocating?


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  1. I would be willing to bet that if the average guy owed $4.5 million in back taxes they would be looking at jail time, and I do not gamble. Why is Sharpton still out walking around.

    To make matters worse Obama will probably find a way to wipe Sharpton’s tax record clane before leaving office.

    • No his BS tank is just about 5 gallons low and the hot air tank is about 20 psi low. Fill him up and he will look just the same.

  2. Corporations are required, according to various EEOC and Affirmative Actions policies to hire minorities. If Sharpton had real concerns about discrimination, he’d file complaints with the Federal and State EEOCs rather than stage protests and blackmail companies into supporting him in the lifestyle to which he has become accustomed.

    • dude, you are seriously the biggest loser i’ve ever seen on the internet (and that’s saying something).

      if you can’t stand this guys so much, then stop commenting and FREAKING LEAVE. no one wants you here, and i’m not even sure YOU want to be here. just leave and bring peace to yourself and everyone here.

    • Seems you and Earl do quite a bit of it yourself… remember when pointing the finger at someone else you have three pointing back at you… 🙂

      • You do know that Al Sharpton’s “success” has to do with race baiting and several times lies that have destroyed innocent lives. That is not success in my book. The only reason Sharpton has money is because he uses race to make it. If people got along he would be out of a job. And people are starting to see this conman for what he is… an extortionist who threatens businesses and others if they don’t bow down to him he will do everything he can to hurt them…

      • There is a huge difference Raf… perhaps you are too blind to see it or accept it.. but Col West isn’t out there threatening harassment if they don’t pay up…. think about it… As a matter of fact, do some research on the mafia and extortion… then maybe you can connect the dots…

      • Obsession?? Like this is the only site I visit? Do you know how many right wing NUTS are out there….I have to visit those too! MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA

  3. The new mafia, if you don’t pay we will make your life hell… yup this is extortion 101. I stopped shopping wal-mart a long time ago for other reasons, now this just gives me another reason to hate them and others who cower to these practices.

      • What they get in return is peace. They get to know that they wont be picketed for BS reasons because Sharpton threatens to hurt their business any why he can, and by disrupting their business they lose money, so rather than lose money or customers they pay the measly 5k to him so he will shut his big greasy mouth up and leave them alone. They would lose far more than 5k if they don’t pay him… I call that extortion. If it were capitalism then this slimball would not be able to cause this fear of loss of earnings.. Sharpton needs to be put in jail.

      • What Col West is doing is the same as anyone else who owns a blog.. he is ranting about something he feels passionate about, that is the BS coming from one person who claims to be the “savior” of the black race but is actually a conman extortionist. If you started a blog what would you write about.. the weather? This is not race baiting as he is not out there inciting violent acts or hate against a group but exposing a conman for what he is.. just like real journalist should be doing… but instead the msn rather hide all these facts about that pos.

      • When did All Sharpton claimed he was anyone’s savior? Allen West race baits from behind his pixels and gives vapid speeches. Al Sharpton sticks his neck out right or wrong. When All Sharpton advocates for someone it’s someone real. A person that lives and breathe. Col. West is only about his propaganda.

      • Your pimp daddy shows up wherever the criminal ape thinks he can cause trouble. No wonder you pull his joint.

      • I like this Raf…. you didnt start using the word propaganda until some other idiot used that word… LOL you are a parrot! A freaking puppet of Earl and his alter egos….

        So right or wrong? The way you make it seem is that its ok to advocate the destruction of white police officers (and whites in general) at any cost? So it was OK that Sharpton defended Tawana Brawley and Crystal Gail Mangum, and set this nation back by stirring the racial cauldron to inflame the people, just as he is doing today using the Ferguson and NY cases? Can’t you see through this conman’s masquerade mask he puts on to infuriate you lot into thinking he is doing the right thing for the black communities? Al Sharpton put himself into that so called “savior” position every time he runs to another shooting by a white person, but does NOTHING when its a black person doing the same thing.. which by the look of it he should be looking out more for a black person than a white when 80 to 90 percent of blacks being killed or victim of violence is done by another black…. Open your eyes Raf… stop being a puppet and cut the strings….

        And again silly one… there is a difference in race baiting and informing… Col West isn’t doing this to make money, or to jump on any bandwagon and then leave the people behind… he is doing it to INFORM the people because the MSM refuses to report these things… the MSM refuse to expose Sharpton et al how much a conman he is and probably because they too are afraid of the threats of this extortionists game of calling people “racist”… the most feared word in western civilization…

      • You may have learned that word back in school, but you didn’t use it until someone on here did and now its become your theme word along with calling Col West a race baiter, when you know in your heart that he isn’t. You are a puppet.. you haven’t shown any independent thought for a while now, as you have done nothing but mimic Earl for the last few months. When I first saw you posting on here last year, you thought more for yourself, now you sound like a parrot…. open your eyes and learn to think for yourself…

      • I don’t speak for Earl and Earl doesn’t speak for me. I speak in my name only we are both individuals with different experience and different perspectives. I am my own man always was, always will be. No one has the word “propaganda” copyrighted. You call a cat a cat. When someone refers to something made up to infer some kind of argument, it is propaganda. I am the same person I’ve always been, I learned to think for myself a long time ago. Again you must have me mistaken for someone who keeps leaning on the same crutches.

      • What is made up about what Col West has said? He reported that Sharpton has been getting money from these corporations and it has been proven that if he doesn’t get funds he will picket them until they buckle to his demands. He is a loud mouth POS that attacks whites and white run corporations to make a buck. Problem is, he can’t push law enforcement around like he does these corporations so he incites hatred against that group that has now ended up in the deaths of three completely innocent police officers… He should be thrown in prison with the rest of his ilk..

        And as for you, no you lost your balls a few months ago when you started falling for the BS that Earl has been spewing on here, parrot talking his garbage.. You used to have a mind of your own, but now you are nothing more than a puppet.

      • What part of this article is misleading? What part of this article is a lie? If this is propaganda as you and your bedfellow Earl is trying to make it out to be, the prove that its a lie and is misleading people here.

      • That’s the kind of dissonance I don’t comprehend. MSM wont report but Allen West is quoting the New-York Post newspaper that’s been there since 1801. New-York Post is the MSM Allen West didn’t do any reporting he’s not informing anyone.

      • MSM such as CNN and MSNBC are the main news outlets aside from Fox. CNN and MSNBC refuse to report on anything that puts a bad light on Obama, Sharpton and ilk. This has been going on for more than a decade, at least since Bush came into office as I remember how they started becoming more liberal in their reporting and more afraid to report anything that would show blacks in a bad light. Such as when Ronald Taylor went on a shooting spree killing whites, the media refused to mention his race until days later and it was I believe Fox who first mentioned his race briefly.

      • Yes he does need to be put in jail. He is a slimy little weasel!! He makes me sick with the crap he does. That whole group is disgusting, if they hate this country so much they should leave. Or we can make them leave..

  4. This from a Tom that since being kicked out of congress pimps the retatared T-bag loons for every penny he’s got. No doubt Uncle Tom is hating on a more secessful brother with his own show, access to the white house and is a FACTOR in today’s politics. Everything this loser lacks. Pathetic grifter from a bankrupt party.

      • Just because they have not filed charges doesn’t mean he is not committing a crime. Its illegal not to pay taxes, do you figure its not a crime? Why don’t you try not paying taxes and see what happens… Or why don’t you tell companies or your neighbors that if they don’t pay you x amount of dollars you are going to picket their home until they do… I bet your freedom wont last long or you would be fined for doing so… The only reason this conman is getting away with it is because too many people are scared of his scare tactics… when the people start getting sick of his face and most importantly his mouth they will turn on him and he will be sitting in prison with the rest of his ilk.

      • No charge, no crime. That prosecutor is not better or worse than the one in Ferguson. Or is it injustice only when the black man gets away with it?

      • “No charge, no crime. That prosecutor is not better or worse than the one in Ferguson. Or is it injustice only when the black man gets away with it?”

        When did I say that? But now that you bring that up… I suppose its only a crime if a white cop kills a black man for attacking him but a conman can incite violence and get away with it right?

      • Tell that to your buddy who was trying to convince that crime statistics are so accurate because unresolved are not committed by anyone. Which is it?

      • First off, I have no buddies on here and am not looking for any…. Secondly, if someone on here stated that “crime statistics are so accurate because unresolved are not committed by anyone” then they are just as loony as you when it comes to misstatements about statistics… Statistics are not perfect but do give an indication about trends.. I do believe that is what we are saying If I am correct, but you seem to be adding words to others people statements or I haven’t read what they wrote about what you are implying… And what does that have to do with what I replied to you? I think you just went off the path into the twilight zone…

  5. It’s not all diet though…..THE OLD Shakedown shuffle was extensively applied here…In cadence, Exerciseeee…”you’re a racist, pay me….you’re a racist, unless you give me that”….

    It worked for the Jackson clan too…they managed to acquire a nice Budweiser distributorship in Chicagoland..

  6. Maybe if Allen West expended his vocabulary a litte and stopped using “unconscionable” and “plantation” as crutches Fox News would also give him his own show. I can see the Daily Show from here with a montage of Allen West saying “un-con-scio-na-ble” over and over. You can get away with writing the same thing over and over but saying it on tv looks bad. Fox News might be onto something here.


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