The Rev. Al Sharpton received more than $1 million by his own civil rights organization in 2018, according to tax records obtained by the New York Post.
The newspaper revealed on Saturday, Nov. 16, that Sharpton brought a home for the sum of $1,046,948 last year from his national action network (NAN)—the nonprofit he founded in 1991.
The big payout for 2018 included a salary of $324,000 and a bonus of $159,596 as well as $563,352 in “other compensation.”
Sharpton, who celebrated his 65th birthday recently in the New York Public Library with a lavish party, claims that the “compensation” amount is backpay for the years he has gone without a full wage from NAN.
He told the Post that the organization underpaid him from 2004 to 2017, and that the charity hired an accounting firm to figure out what he was owed.
“Fifteen years, you are talking about since 2004 when I came back after running for president,” he claimed. “For anybody else it would be laughable.”
However, tax records collected 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.
In the meantime, Sharpton defended his $324,000 salary in 2018, saying that it is on par with that of nonprofit CEOs. He said he deserved the 2018 raise.
“It’s a six-day-a-week job and several hours a day and when [the compensation firm] compared it to other companies, other nonprofits, that’s the salary that they would get,” he said.
The disclosure of NAN’s 2018 Sharpton earnings comes less than a year after selling the rights to his life story for $531,000 to his own charity.
Sharpton 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.
NAN has become a force in the Democratic Party over the past 28 years and 2020 candidates have sought Sharpton’s support for the presidential nomination.
In September, Al Sharpton criticized President Trump about his suggestion to solve homelessness in California.
Sharpton questioned Trump’s Christianity for saying homelessness was bad for business, saying he “subverted the humanitarian, called Jesus’s message to nurse a political grudge against California.”