campaign expenses stall at five dollars and forty-three
NEW YORK -- Like his rivals for president,
the Rev. Al Sharpton has consultants, a spokesman, a
masseuse, a Web site and a heavy travel schedule, visiting
more than 80 cities by his count in just a few months.
What the preacher doesn't have is much
in the way of campaign expenses.
Although some of his Democratic opponents
have spent more than a million dollars so far, Sharpton's
campaign filings say he has spent only five dollars
and forty-three cents; and nearly half of that was blown
on a pack of coconut Zingers and three Jolly Ranchers.
But a New York Daily News examination
of Sharpton's campaign finances raises questions about
whether he has disclosed all of his spending as required
by law. The paper reports an eye witness having seen
Sharpton with six jelly donuts, two Mountain Dews and
a large pickle from the 48th St. Deli. These items were
never mentioned in Sharpton’s April campaign finance
Sharpton and his campaign manager,
Frank Watkins, insist no violations of federal election
law have occurred. However, when it comes to Sharpton's
finances, there often are more questions than answers.
For example, he's the only candidate
who once said under oath that he didn't own his boxer-briefs
but only had "access" to them. Proving this
fact, Sharpton produced a photo of Frank Watkins wearing
the exact same pair. In addition, the Reverend’s
personal secretary provided testimony to the fact that
others in the office have been seen wearing Mr. Sharpton’s
Watkins acknowledged, Sharpton's
campaign expenses, so far, have totaled far less than
any of the other candidates but this should show the
American people that a Sharpton Administration would
make wise choices when it comes to spending the public’s
money. “ If we’re able to campaign hard
for two months on only five dollars and forty-three
cents, just imagine what we’d be able to do with
a budget of trillions”, Watkins said.