When even the New York Times notices a tax problem with a leftist fixture like Al Sharpton, you know something is really wrong.
Mr. Sharpton has regularly sidestepped the sorts of obligations most people see as inevitable, like taxes, rent and other bills. Records reviewed by The New York Times show more than $4.5 million in current state and federal tax liens against him and his for-profit businesses.
And though he said in recent interviews that he was paying both down, his balance with the state, at least, has actually grown in recent years. His National Action Network appears to have been sustained for years by not paying federal payroll taxes on its employees.
With the tax liability outstanding, Mr. Sharpton traveled first class and collected a sizable salary, the kind of practice by nonprofit groups that the United States Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration recently characterized as “abusive,” or “potentially criminal” if the failure to turn over or collect taxes is willful.
This is the same Al Sharpton that Obama turned to for advice on Ferguson. (Makes you wonder what the question was… how to stir up more racial tension? Al Sharpton hardly knows how to do anything else.)
Let us also not forget the other tax problems members of the Obama Administration have had. Anyone remember Timothy “TurboTax” Geithner, for example?
It’s been clear for a while now that the leftists hold themselves to a far different standard than the rest of us, but for the NYT to acknowledge it is truly remarkable.