Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - Rev. Gerome Sutton founded the Louisville African American Think Tank in 1999.
says the organization is aimed at promoting non-violence and personal responsibility.
started looking into the African American Think Tank
after we learned from a source that Rev. Sutton
cashed a $10,000 grant check from the state at a liquor store.
was able to verify that information and discovered a lot more about the Think Tank
, including the fact that the organization has not been a recognized non-profit for most of its existence.
"We're gonna address those health issues which adversely affect our community," said Rev. Gerome Sutton
, when talking about an upcoming health summit in early 2008.
When Rev. Gerome Sutton
first proposed a two-day urban health summit in 2007, he
asked the state of Kentucky for $135,000.
Included in his
budget were $4,800 to rent a projector for two days and $15,500 to print 800 brochures.
That's a cost of almost $20 each.
The owner said that the reason was that Sutton
hoped to avoid a long wait to get his
The liquor store owner charges a 2 1/2 check cashing fee, so he
pocketed $250 from the state.
submitted an invoice for the rest of his
money, charging the state $12,000 for supposedly feeding a thousand people both breakfast and lunch.
called Rev. Sutton
and asked him to do an interview about these subjects.
originally agreed to talk to us here at the African American Think Tank
, but he
later called us back and told us his
Board of Directors forbid him to speak.
Then there's Think Tank Director Gerome Sutton himself, once on the "Louisville's Most Wanted" list for forging his ex-wife's signature on her car title and failing to pay her more than $30,000 in court-ordered alimony.
was also arrested for terroristic threatening and harassment after allegedly threatening to kill his
Yet despite his
criminal record and his
organization's lack of non-profit status, Jefferson County Schools also decided to help Sutton
Sources tell us Sutton suggests donations from candidates who want to appear at his political forums or speak to the congregation at West Chestnut Baptist Church, where Sutton serves as an unpaid associate pastor.