Radical Sen. Raphael Warnock’s (D-GA) church reportedly tried to evict tenants during the pandemic while he raked in a $120,000 pastoral salary and a $7,417 monthly housing allowance from the church — in addition to his Senate salary, according to financial documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
Ebenezer Baptist Church attempted to evict eight tenants from an Atlanta apartment building the nonprofit owns for as little as $28.55 in overdue rent. Financial statements from 2021 show Ebenezer Baptist Church has liquid assets of more than $1.2 million.
Columbia Tower at MLK Village in downtown Atlanta, a facility that caters to the “chronically homeless” and those with “mental disabilities,” has found itself sued a dozen times during the pandemic. Columbia Tower resident Phillip White told the Free Beacon he was served an eviction notice in September for past due rent of $192. Last year, he was also served an eviction notice for just $179 for past due rent. The eviction notice was allegedly dropped after paying outstanding rent and $325 in fees.
“They treat me like a piece of shit. They’re not compassionate at all,” White said, a 69-year-old black Vietnam vet.
Meanwhile, the slumlord Warnock has slammed his political opponents for not going along with federal housing pandemic subsidies as “clearly only concerned with serving their own interests.”
“Pandemic unemployment benefits and eviction protections will expire this month. And it’s all because @Kloeffler and Senate Republicans refuse to fight for families. Pandemic relief is at stake in the #GASen race,” he tweeted.
During the pandemic, Warnock reportedly more than doubled his income. His reported 2021 income includes a Senate salary ($164,816), Ebenezer Baptist Church salary ($120,964), Ebenezer Baptist Church housing allowance ($7,417-per-month), Penguin Random House/Book deal ($243,750), and speaking fees ($5,750).
Hypocrisy is lucrative work if you can get it.