Rev. Al Sharpton was paid more than one million dollars by his own civil rights organization in 2018 according to tax records obtained by The New York Post.
The publication reported on Saturday that the controversial minister, 65, last year took home a total of $1,046,948 from his National Action Network (NAN) – the non-profit he founded back in 1991.
His hefty 2018 payment included a $324,000 salary and a $159,596 bonus, as well as $563,352 in ‘other compensation.’
Sharpton, who recently celebrated his 65th birthday with a lavish party at the New York Public Library, claims the ‘compensation’ sum is backpay from the years he went without a full salary from NAN.
He told The Post he was underpaid by the organization between 2004 and 2017, and that the charity brought in an accounting firm to figure out what he was owed.
‘Fifteen years [I was not fully paid]… for anybody else it would be laughable,’ he stated.
However, tax records retrieved by the newspaper show Sharpton was paid $250,000 plus a $437,555 bonus back in 2016.
In 2014, he took home a $348,244 salary, plus a $64,400 bonus.
Al Sharpton was last year paid $1.04 million by his own non-profit organization, National Action Network, according to tax returns obtained by The New York Post
Meanwhile, Sharpton defended his 2018 salary of $324,000, claiming it’s on par with that of CEOs from other non-profits.
‘It’s a six-day-a-week job and several hours a day and when [the compensation firm] compared it to other companies, other non profits, that’s the salary that they would get,’ he said.
The disclosure of Sharpton’s 2018 earnings from NAN come less than a year after he sold the rights to his life story to his own charity for $531,000.
The well-dressed reverend – who was described in a 2012 GQ profile as being ‘an aficionado of Hermes ties and Ashton Churchill cigars’ – previously owed millions of dollars in unpaid state and federal taxes.
According to the Post he finally paid off his state tax debts in June, however he still owes $698,470 in unpaid taxes for three of his companies.
Over the past 28 years, NAN has become a force in the Democratic party and 2020 contenders have begin to seek Sharpton’s blessing for the presidential nomination.
Over the past 28 years, NAN has become a force in the Democratic party and 2020 contenders have begin to seek Sharpton’s blessing for the presidential nomination. Sharpton is pictured with Kamala Harris
The left-wing Reverend is rarely far from the headlines, having recently become embroiled in a Twitter spat with Donald Trump, who described Sharpton as a ‘con man’.
Back in July, Sharpton claimed Trump held ‘a particular venom for blacks and people of color’, prompting the President to fire back.
‘I have known Al for 25 years. Went to fights with him & Don King, always got along well. He ‘loved Trump!’ He would ask me for favors often. Al is a con man, a troublemaker, always looking for a score. Just doing his thing. Must have intimidated Comcast/NBC. Hates Whites & Cops!,’ Trump tweeted.
The well-dressed reverend – who was described in a 2012 GQ profile as being ‘an aficionado of Hermes ties and Ashton Churchill cigars’ – previously owed millions of dollars in unpaid state and federal taxes
Sharpton responded to the early morning attack with a tweet of his own, sharing a photo from 2006 featuring him, Trump, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and singer James Brown.
‘Trump at NAN Convention 2006 telling James Brown and Jesse Jackson why he respects my work. Different tune now,’ he wrote.
He later tweeted: ‘Trump says I’m a troublemaker & con man. I do make trouble for bigots. If he really thought I was a con man he would want me in his cabinet.’