Hardesty Wrote Herself Checks from the NAACP

OPB Report Shows Hardesty Broke Laws as NAACP Head


Yesterday Oregon Public Broadcasting’s (OPB) Amelia Templeton reported on Portland City Council candidate Jo Ann Hardesty and her financial mismanagement of the NAACP. The story reported that while Hardesty was president of the NAACP, she wrote $10,000 in checks to her for-profit consulting company, Consult Hardesty, without the required vote of the board or the required Treasurer’s signature.  

It is illegal for a non-profit officer to write checks to themselves. Hardesty additionally did not report that income on her state and federal taxes.

Multnomah County Commissioner and Portland City Council candidate Loretta Smith said the illegal and unethical practices demand an outcry from the public.

“To steal money from one of the most storied civil rights organization is not just illegal, but it’s unconscionable. Let’s call this what it is, Jo Ann Hardesty embezzled money from the NAACP,” Smith said. “Do the right thing Jo Ann: return that money.”

Hardesty said in a June 19, 2015 Oregonian article that after taking the helm of the NAACP, “First thing I did was appoint a CPA as my treasurer because I wanted to ensure that people knew if they gave money to this administration, it would be well utilized, that it would be transparent and open for inspection.”

In a Feb. 28, 2018 Willamette Week article, Hardesty said: "I took office as president for NAACP Portland Branch in 2016, and I have never used any resources from the NAACP to benefit myself or my Portland City Council campaign.”

Gray Ayer