Sharpton associates fund Rangel challenger

The Rev. Franklyn Richardson, left, seen here with Al Sharpton, has donated money to Rangel's challenger. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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Associates of the Rev. Al Sharpton are among the donors who have contributed to the Rev. Michael Walrond, the first time congressional candidate who officially declared a challenge to Rep. Charlie Rangel last month.

Walrond, a pastor in Harlem, began raising money late last year.

He raised nearly $83,000 in the final quarter of 2013, after registering a committee in November, according to his campaign financial disclosure report. Walrond has just over $78,000 left on hand.

Walrond, a pastor at the First Corinthian Baptist Church, is the director of the Ministers Division of the National Action Network, the non-profit advocacy group Sharpton founded in 1991.



Tamika Mallory, the former executive director of the N.A.N., donated $1,000 on December 31, 2013. A spokesperson for N.A.N. said Mallory left her position at the group on August 28, 2013. (She lists her occupation as "unemployed" on the campaign filing.)

Donald Coleman, the chairman and CEO of GlobalHue, an advertising firm, is also a board member of N.A.N. He donated $1,000 to Walrond on the same day.

Rev. W. Franklyn Richardson, chairman of the board for N.A.N., donated $2,600 on December 30, 2013.

Walrond’s entrance scrambles an expected re-match between Rangel and State Senator Adriano Espaillat, who nearly beat Rangel in 2012 and has also been quietly raising for a run. Walrond's candidacy could potentially peel away black votes from Rangel’s base, or perhaps cut into anti-Rangel voters who supported Espaillat last time.

Rangel reported $211,461 on hand, and has hired some notable help as he prepares for a tough re-election race. Espaillat reported $79,602 on hand.