“Where there's smoke, there's fire” seems once again to be Sharpton’s defense in not being able to produce financial documentation, and tax records although this “fire” seems eerily familiar to that of 1997, in which once again critical financial records were mysteriously destroyed, at the time Sharpton was running for mayor of New York City

In that event that fire began in the early hours of April 10th, 1997 in a retail business one floor below Sharpton’s campaign headquarters, and because of the heavy damage, and the volume of fire upon arrival, investigators deemed the fire as “suspicious”. The fire destroyed nearly everything, including computers, files, and campaign records, the Reverend’s spokesperson at the time told Newsday, adding that “we have lost our entire Manhattan operation.”

Although there seems to be some controversy of exactly how that fire began, one issue is not in dispute in that, coincidently that “suspicious fire”, occurred just 5-days before the April 15th deadline.


Fast forward to January 23, 2003, and another fire once again mysteriously erupts causing heavy damage to Sharpton’s non-profit National Action Network on Madison Avenue. And it happened a day after Sharpton submitted documents to create a presidential exploratory committee, and once again all the financial and tax records were lost, talk about bad luck!


However according to a report a maintenance worker named J.D. Livingston discovered the fire almost immediately, and his testimony seems at odds with the actual event, which once again raises questions as to what actually occurred on January 23, 2003?  One thing is sure Sharpton for decades as been playing fast and loose and currently owes more than  $4.5 million in current state and federal tax liens against him and his for-profit businesses.  Those debts include $806,875 that Sharpton owes the state, along with $2.6 million in federal liens against him for unpaid personal income taxes.

Obviously Sharpton is no novice when it comes to controversies involving record keeping, finances or taxes, and in fact has a long and sordid history of noncompliance, and a history of using race as a means to strong-arm corporations into paying up, some might even call it extortion.


And although these two separate fires raise a lot of serious and as yet unanswered questions, as to what actually occurred, one thing is sure “arson” and insurance fraud are serious offenses, and not even his associations with President Obama or Attorney General Eric Holder will help him if he’s found to have been involved in anyway…stay tuned.

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