- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Al Sharpton's presidential campaign took in $114,456 in the first three months of this year, ranking eighth out of the nine Democrats who have declared their candidacy, according to records filed Monday 13 days past the Federal Election Commission's deadline for presidential hopefuls.
Five of the Democratic candidates reported funds of $1 million or more, with Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina raising the most: $7.4 million.
Only former Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun of Illinois raised less than Mr. Sharpton, with $72,450 taken in from January through March.
Mr. Sharpton, who also made public appearances that were funded by private companies in the first three months of the year, reported spending $54,480.
Among his donors were high-rolling members of the black business community, radio and television broadcasters, and politicians, including:
Sharpe James, mayor of Newark, N.J., $1,000.
Carolyn Clifford, Detroit television newswoman, $2,000.
Louis Carr, ad executive at Black Entertainment Television, $2,000.
Tom Joyner, radio host, $1,000.
Napoleon Brandford, chairman of California financing firm Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., $2,000.
David Patterson, New York state senator, $1,000.
Also in the mix of donors was Abner Louima, whom Mr. Sharpton aided in a police abuse lawsuit against the city of New York. Mr. Louima won an $8.75 million settlement in the case. He contributed $1,000 to the campaign.
Mr. Sharpton's filing tardiness drew a complaint last week from the conservative National Legal and Policy Center as well as strong cautionary words from the FEC.
No fines have been levied. FEC spokesman Ian Stirton yesterday said that any penalties "would be up to the commissioners."
Mr. Sharpton initially said he had not announced his candidacy formally and refused to file the quarterly form on the April 15 due date.
Last week, though, he declared himself an official candidate and said that he would file his required report Monday.
The campaign said that a computer glitch made the electronic filing late, and it came in overnight.
Mrs. Moseley-Braun also tapped the substantial coffers of the black business community. Her report was filed on time earlier this month. Her campaign was supported by individuals from many of the same corporations that had helped the Rev. Jesse Jackson's tax-exempt organizations.
Among her donors were employees of Ariel Capital Management and Sears, Roebuck and Co., as well as Jackson friend and Chicago real estate executive Elzie Higginbottom.

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