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Al Sharpton’s Failed 2004 Campaign For President Is Still Close To $1M In Debt

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Rev. Al Sharpton once ran for president — hilarious, right? — back in 2004 and his presidential campaign was a complete and total disaster. How much of a disaster was it? Well, it’s been fifteen years since he ran the campaign and it’s still $900,000 in debt.

Of course, Sharpton also hasn’t paid off his massive tax debts in a very long time, so perhaps the notion that this particular race baiting individual doesn’t pay his bills isn’t all that surprising.

Here’s more on this from Washington Examiner:

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“I have asked Andrew Rivera, the finance chair of my 2004 campaign, to set up a meeting with the Federal Election Commission so that I can resolve any campaign debts related to Sharpton 2004,” Sharpton told the New York Post over the weekend. “I am willing to work out a settlement for all claims with my own money to the degree that I’m allowed and will raise money directly.”

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He added, “Even if I am not legally liable for it, I am certainly morally responsible.”

Sharpton is not personally on the hook for the money 15 years later. Instead, it’s his campaign committee and specifically his campaign treasurer, Andrew Rivera, who are responsible.

Jerri Ann Henry, a consultant with an extensive work history with campaigns and PACS said, “It does reflect poorly on the people at the helm. I have worked for candidates who I know have taken great pains to make sure staff and consultants are taken care of. Frankly, almost a million dollars, that’s a lot of money. Today’s campaigns spend at that level all the time, but that is very significant coming all the way back in 2004.”

This isn’t the first time Sharpton’s campaign has run into trouble. He also ran into some problems with the Federal Election Commission back in 2009 for violating campaign finance laws and agreed to pay $285,000 in civil penalties.

No matter how you slice up the responsibility, since Sharpton ran, he should be the one finding some way to pay off the debt he owes. It’s time for him to learn what it means to truly take personal responsibility for your own actions really means.

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Gov. Cuomo Says NY ‘Comfortable’ With Number Of Protective Equipment And Ventilators They Have

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According to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, his state is “relatively comfortable” with the number of ventilators and other protective equipment it is in possession of right now. New York is the state that’s been hit the hardest in the coronavirus outbreak and has been struggling with keeping an adequate supply of medical equipment to protect medical professionals and help treat patients who have tested positive for COVID-19. Many of the shortages have focused on items like gloves, masks, and ventilators. However, as of Friday, Cuomo said New York now has enough equipment to function. Here’s more from The Washington Examiner: “We’re OK right now. We’re OK. PPE you need every day. We have a stockpile where we are now relatively comfortable,” Cuomo said. “Remember, what we’re saying to these hospitals, they’re all uncomfortable. If you ask any hospital if they have enough PPE, they will say no. It is like asking a budget director does he have enough revenue. They will never say yes.” He continued, “These hospitals are accustomed to having a one-month to two-month stockpile. They are now looking at several days of stockpile. So, they are all uncomfortable, but we only have several days for any hospital. And we do have several days for every hospital, and we do have a supply that’s coming in. So, compared to how we have been operating on this new dire circumstances, we are relatively comfortable with ventilators and PPE.” Cuomo made it clear the current situation could change if the rate of hospitalizations for the coronavirus were to suddenly spike up again. As of now, the state has been seeing the numbers level off a bit over the last several days. The governor stated that he talks with hospitals daily and gets reports concerning the supplies these facilities have…

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House Democrats Propose Legislation To Cover All Wages During COVID-19 Outbreak

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A group of Democrats within the House of Representatives are looking to propose a new bill that would cover 100 percent of most worker paychecks throughout the COVID-19 crisis that is making people sick, killing our vulnerable citizens, and destroying out economy and way of life. Of course, the biggest concern with such an idea is where in the world the money is going to come from. If the assumption there is that they are going to just print money to try and cover the cost, that’s a very, very bad idea. Inflation will make the dollar worth less than it already is and cause the cost of living to skyrocket. Here’s more on this from The Washington Examiner: Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Washington Democrat and co-chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, announced the Paycheck Guarantee Act, which she said would provide “a federal paycheck” to workers, covering 100% of earnings up to $100,000. “A federal paycheck guarantee is a real solution that matches the scale of the crisis. Mass unemployment is a policy choice. We can and should choose differently,” Jayapal said in a statement Friday. “A federal paycheck guarantee would stanch more layoffs and unemployment, and quickly and reliably deliver relief to workers. Workers would not be forced to apply for unemployment insurance, overwhelm that system and then have to once again find a job. Businesses of all sizes would be able to keep workers on payroll and benefits — and be able to quickly re-open — partially or fully, without having to rehire and retrain their workforce.” Just last month both Congress and President Trump put into law a bill that called for $2.2 trillion — that’s “trillion” with a “t” — to provide $1,200 in cash payments and expanded unemployment benefits to up to four months…

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