Unions reported paying NAN, founded by Sharpton in 1991 and self-credited with “coalescing Black and Brown communities to fight for immigration rights, and education and labor reform,” a total of $1,159,500 during their 2013 fiscal years.
Based on annual expenditure reports, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) paid NAN $300,000 and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) gave NAN $216,500 last year alone.
“NAN has worked on advocating at a federal, state and city level for job programs and to create jobs in the public and private sector,” the nonprofit boasts. Sharpton advocates bigger government and attacks its critics on his MSNBC show, as well.
The 20 largest individual payments to NAN that labor unions reported to the U.S. Department of Labor for 2013 were:
|Organization Name||Payee Name||Purpose||Expenditure|
|TEACHERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS||National Action Network||Membership Organization||$250,000|
|STATE COUNTY & MUNI EMPLS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS||National Action Network, Inc.||Civil Rights Organization||$216,500|
|NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS||NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK||Civil Rights Organization||$100,000|
|AUTO WORKERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS||NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK||NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION||$50,000|
|GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AFGE AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS||NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK INC||COALITION/CONSTITUENCY GROUP||$50,000|
|SERVICE EMPLOYEES LOCAL UNION 1199||NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK||Non-Profit||$50,000|
|SERVICE EMPLOYEES NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS||National Action Network||Non-Profit Organization||$50,000|
|TEACHERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS||National Action Network||Membership Organization||$50,000|
|NEW YORK HOTEL TRADES COUNCIL||THE NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK INC.||CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATION||$35,000|
|TEACHERS AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 2||NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK||GENERAL VENDOR||$35,000|
|UNITE HERE NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS||NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK||Charitable Organization||$30,000|
|AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS||NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK INC||Civil and Human Rights Group||$25,000|
|GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AFGE AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS||NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK INC||COALITION/CONSTITUENCY GROUP||$25,000|
|LABORERS NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS||NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK||POLICY POLITICAL ORG||$25,000|
|POSTAL WORKERS, AMERICAN, AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS||NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK||CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATION||$25,000|
|SERVICE EMPLOYEES LOCAL UNION 6434||THE NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK||COMMUNITY NON-PROFIT||$25,000|
|MACHINISTS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS||NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK||NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION||$22,000|
|GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AFGE AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS||NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK INC||COALITION/CONSTITUENCY GROUP||$15,000|
|SHEET METAL WORKERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS||NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK||ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION||$15,000|
|UTILITY WORKERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS||NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK||NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION||$15,000|
President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack are all featured guests at NAN’s annual convention, which ends tomorrow.
Sharpton no doubt hopes that having the president and three members of his Cabinet at the event will help NAN improve its financial footing. Despite raising over $4 million in 2012, NAN ended the year more than $1 million in the red.
Al Sharpton is not the only MSNBC host to benefit from union bosses’ generosity with member dues: Ed Schultz has received more than $500,000 from union bosses since 2011.
[Editor’s note, 06/19/2014: Corrected a typo in Ag. Secretary Vilsack’s title]