April 13, 2005

Crazy Al: Racism behind fund-raising investigation

Al Sharpton insists he did nothing wrong in terms of fundraising for his Presidential campaign.

"I assure you that everything handed to us was properly filed," said Sharpton, referring to $140,000 in donations collected by two shady businessmen who later were caught by a wiretap speculating that Sharpton had not reported most of that money to the Federal Election Commission.

"It is very suspicious that we have a pattern here," Sharpton said yesterday, citing both the FBI's secret videotape and bugging surveillance of a 2003 meeting he had with the fund-raisers and an FBI microphone found in the office of Philadelphia Mayor John Street, who also is black.

"People understand what this smells like," Sharpton said at a press conference outside The Post, which detailed the federal probe yesterday in a front-page story.

"I know that there were irregularities in Mr. [John] Edwards's [presidential campaign] . . . I know there were questions about John Kerry's mortgaging his house for his campaign. I don't know of any of them being wiretapped," Sharpton said.

What is this, the line of the day -- former candidates surfacing to cry racism? Just this past weekend, John Kerry implied racially offensive tactics behind the Ohio results. Who's next? Dennis Kucinich tossing paper airplanes?

Posted by mhking at April 13, 2005 09:00 AM
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