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Ford Bankrolls Sharpton After Seeking Taxpayer Funds

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Posted on April 30 2009 8:08 am

After seeking $11 billion in taxpayer funds for retooling and a $9 billion credit line from the U.S. government, Ford Motor Company decided to contribute to community organizer/racial agitator Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN), helping to finance the group’s 2009 national convention in New York City in April.

NAN didn’t say how much money Ford gave, but the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) reports that a “sponsor” designation for last year’s (2008) event cost $50,000. Thus it is not unlikely that Ford forked over at least that much, despite having lost $14.6 billion last year, and despite having recently shuttered 17 plants and laid off more than 50,000 workers.

At this year’s NAN convention, Vice President Joe Biden was a featured speaker even though during the 2008 campaign, Sharpton had strongly criticized the gaffe-prone Biden when the latter described then-presidential candidate Barack Obama as “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”

Sharpton’s bruised ego had healed, however, by the time this month’s NAN convention was held. As the NLPC reported:

Sharpton seemed pleased by the administration’s attention. He said, “I think it’s noteworthy that this is the first civil rights organization the administration has sent their top people to New York as vice-president.”

What a difference a year makes.

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