Al Sharpton’s failed 2004 presidential campaign still nearly $1M in debt

Rev. Al Sharpton’s former campaign still owes over $900,000 more than 15 years after his failed 2004 presidential run.

“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.”

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.

“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,” Jerri Ann Henry, a consultant who worked with campaigns and PACs for 15 years, said. “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.”

Sharpton’s campaign previously ran into issues with the Federal Election Commission in 2009 over violating federal campaign laws and agreed to pay $285,000 in civil penalties.

The reverend announced his presidential run in 2004 but was defeated by former Secretary of State John Kerry for the Democratic nomination.

“I’m not running for a job. I’m running for a cause,” he said when he hit the campaign trail.

Sharpton 2004 is $925,713.78 in debt as of Sunday.

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