A casino company has called into question a “report” by Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, accusing the company of racism, stating that NAN’s report is very similar to one issued by the labor union UNITE-HERE.
Zed Smith, the company’s chief operating officer, told the Daily News the charges contained in a report released Tuesday by the Philadelphia chapter of the National Action Network are “false and malicious” and are similar to allegations tied to a labor union with an axe to grind.
“These allegations are very similar to those brought forth by Unite Here. We question the validity, obviously. We’re not racist, we don’t discriminate,” he said outside City Hall, after NAN officials held a news conference there.
Paula Peebles, chairwoman of NAN’s Philadelphia chapter, denied any collaboration—or even knowledge—of UNITE-HERE, stating, “We have no role with any union. We don’t know Unite Here.”
Peebles claim to not know UNITE-HERE seems rather odd, however, as the union is on record as having donated $30,000 to NAN.
In fact, according to this 2014 MediaTrackers report, Mr. Sharpton’s National Action Network has raked in “over $3.6 million from labor unions since 2005.”