Black Lives Matter Organization Reportedly Used Donor Cash to Buy a $6 Million House
“more than 6,500 square feet, more than half a dozen bedrooms and bathrooms, several fireplaces, a soundstage, a pool and bungalow, and parking for more than 20 cars”
The women who no longer run the Black Lives Matter organization reportedly bought a California home worth $6 million and kept that information quiet until a journalist asked them about it.
People on Twitter have joked that the real meaning of BLM is ‘Buying Large Mansions,’ and it’s easy to see why.
Last summer, it was revealed that one of these women, Patrisse Cullors, bought a house in California worth over a million, which she quickly surrounded with a wall.
More recently, the BLM organization has come under increased scrutiny for its shady finances, even being forced to halt fundraising at one point.
This new revelation is just more of the same.
Sean Campbell writes in NY Magazine:
Black Lives Matter Secretly Bought a $6 Million House Allies and critics alike have questioned where the organization’s money has gone.
On a sunny day late last spring, three leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement — Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Melina Abdullah — sat around a table on the patio of an expensive house in Southern California. The women were recording a YouTube video to mark the first anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, and they discussed their racial-justice work and the difficulties they had faced over the year…
None of the women acknowledged the house behind them. It’s far from a box, with more than 6,500 square feet, more than half a dozen bedrooms and bathrooms, several fireplaces, a soundstage, a pool and bungalow, and parking for more than 20 cars, according to real-estate listings. The California property was purchased for nearly $6 million in cash in October 2020 with money that had been donated to BLMGNF.
The transaction has not been previously reported, and Black Lives Matter’s leadership had hoped to keep the house’s existence a secret…
On March 30, I asked the organization questions about the house, which is known internally as “Campus.” Afterward, leaders circulated an internal strategy memo with possible responses, ranging from “Can we kill the story?” to “Our angle — needs to be to deflate ownership of the property.” The memo includes bullet points explaining that “Campus is part of cultural arm of the org — potentially as an ‘influencer house,’ where abolition+ based content is produced by artists & creatives.” Another bullet is headed “Accounting/990 modifications” and reads in part: “need to first make sure it’s legally okay to use as we plan to use it.”
In short, this does not look good.
In January, I wrote that my piece on the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation was one of the hardest I'd done. This one has been heartbreaking. As organizers have fallen homeless, I uncovered a $6 million property purchased with BLMGNF funds. 1/ https://t.co/KUh6sCmTQh
— Sean Kevin Campbell (@Sean_Kev) April 4, 2022
BLM tried to keep their mansion a secret by transferring ownership to an LLC established by Dem law firm Perkins Coie.
“The maneuver ensured that the ultimate identity of the property’s new owner was not disclosed to the public.”
— BDW (@BryanDeanWright) April 4, 2022
Again, this was done with donated money.
From the New York Post:
… Cullors and her colleagues didn’t reveal any details on the upscale home seen behind them in the video – a 6,500-square-foot spread with more than six bedrooms and bathrooms, fireplaces, a pool and parking for more than 20 cars, according to a real estate listing cited by the magazine.
The property was purchased in October 2020 with funds that had been previously donated to the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, according to the explosive report.
The seven-bedroom residence was purchased by a man named Dyane Pascall two weeks after BLMGNF received $66.5 million from its fiscal sponsor earlier that month. Pascall is the financial manager for Janaya and Patrisse Consulting — an LLC operated by Cullors and her spouse, Janaya Khan, New York Magazine reported.
Ownership was then transferred within a week to an LLC in Delaware, ensuring the property’s owner wouldn’t be disclosed, according to the report.
Cullors, BLM’s co-founder, resigned in May as the group’s executive director amid criticism over buying three homes in the Los Angeles area and another outside Atlanta.
The United States has stringent laws regarding non-profit, tax-exempt organizations. You may recall the scandal that rocked the IRS and Lois Lerner when Tea Party organizations were denied tax-exempt status before the 2012 election.
One has to wonder why the tax-exempt branch of the IRS has not taken a greater interest in Black Lives Matter.
Donations tax deductible
to the full extent allowed by law.
“One has to wonder why the tax-exempt branch of the IRS has not taken a greater interest in Black Lives Matter.”
And they never will. Remember, blacks don’t commit crimes, they are a victim of systemic racism. White people should feel honored they were bilked by race hustlers.
This is all sarcasm, of course. Or if would be if white Leftists didn’t actually think like this.
The founders of BLM belong in jail, just like so many of their fellows. Why do such large numbers of blacks feel entitled to break and and every law?
I know decent black people, if more of them had those traits, we would all be better off.
By and large, the worst elements of the black community are the ones making all the noise. I am really tired of their BS, those people need to be slapped down.
I don’t know. This black man thinks criminals should be locked up abd if the majority of the criminals are black so what? Black America should be asking why so many black people are attracted to crime.
Its not a case of being attracted to crime it’s circumstance. There is a massive link between poverty and crime as well as the area you live in both issues are dominant in black communities and guess what that’s an argument for systemic racism. In part due to historic red lining which means that blacks have been disadvantaged with respect for property and that’s a hard trap to get out of in combination with the other issues
Really? If poverty (rather than a lack of socialization) causes crime, why isn’t the Appalacians a hotbed of shootings and other crime? They’re poorer than the inner-city Black communities.
You are so painfully stupid.
Two main reasons firstly the region is largely rural and there is a big link between population density and crime as well. Second tentative reason is that crime reporting for rural communities can be a lot lower given the lower police resourcing.
re: “Why do such large numbers of blacks feel entitled to break and and every law?”
I seem to recall most of the arson, attacks on police and violence in the BLM riots came from people that weren’t black.
So tell me, why do so many white people feel entitled to break the law like that?
All those white people you refer to were claiming to be black proxies. These riots weren’t organized as “Antifa demonstrations,” they were “BLM demonstrations.” Antifa just called shotgun. Crazy white people took their opportunity to appropriate black privilege.
Are you the last person in America to understand this? Look at those three black guys that Kyle Rittenhouse killed. They were black, black, black, and dead, dead, dead. We know this because the MSM told us so; it was even written in books by the time liberals thought to fact-check it, for heaven’s sake.
Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber were black. Larry Elder and Clarence Thomas are white. And it’s not us who say so, it’s the liberals, who hold the national patent to declare who is intersectionally what.
“Whiteness” is no longer measurable by a photographer, only by a philosopher. Preferably a black philosopher.
The problem is not racial, but cultural. It’s simply confounded by the statistic that each side of the cultural divide is overwhelmingly subscribed to by people on opposite sides of a racial divide.
Not exclusively. But enough to be much more than statistically significant.
Do you think that maybe media focused on showing white criminals, while ignoring the black ones?
Division of labor.
The white criminals did the arson, battery, and assaults on police.
The black criminals did the looting.
Takes a real effort to find black faces in the violent riots, or white faces in the store security videos.
“Again, this was done with donated money.”
Seriously? Did you really expect that these grifters might have actually earned the money? You know, by rending services to others which those others considered as useful?
That would be (shudder) capitalism.
The BLM founders are “trained Marxists.”
Indicating that they are long on “needs” and short on “abilities.”
(Well, I guess grifting and provoking trouble are “abilities.”)
While we’re at it, where did they get the money to pay Perkins Coie? Especially when they could have gotten a more ‘inclusive’ law firm for a fraction of the price.
They wanted a competent law firm, whenever a firm is extreemely inclusive, there is a high probability that they will not be competent.
Just good enough for government work… and Coca Cola.
Probably pro bono.
The race industry is always profitable.
So what? Bill and Hillary have been using donor cash in like manner for years. They don’t see anything wrong with it.
Indeed so has Trump, how do you think he keeps afloat
Yawwwwnnnn. Show me any “non-profit” that isnt doing this sort of thing, be it inflated salaries, “investments”, or other scams.
Goodwill is an example of this, a nonprofit which serves to funnel a couple of million each year to the founder.
I ran a nonprofit which was grass roots and none of us were paid salaries, not one dime. We worked for the good of the community we were serving.
ALL of my charity donations are local. I’ve even gone to a local church and asked if there was a family with a freshly-unemployed bread winner after a local plant sent jobs to China. I filled their propane tank.
Indeed. Most nonprofits exist to make their board wealthy and to serve Leftist interests. Not one is worthy of your money, no matter how laudable the goal is.
I have no way of confirming it, but given the outfit involved I am fairly sure it is true: American Red Cross used money donated for 9/11 relief to install a new phone system at their national headquarters, and to give diversity training to their employees.
As someone who has served on the boards of several non profits, nothing could be further from the truth. Non-profit board members do not get paid and are generally among the largest donors to the charities for which they serve. They also act as prime fund raisers for said charities.
What happened with BLM is a disgrace but lets not denigrate all charities as many/most operate with the best of intentions and do not exist to enrich anyone.
That’s why I said most, not all. I know there are several nonprofit organizations that do strive to do well and live up to their charters, but nonprofits are very easy to turn into corrupt outfits.
Perhaps board members, but check this out: https://www.charitywatch.org/top-charity-salaries
I would segment that list.
The compensation packages for the CEOs of the American Heart Assoc, CF Foundation, the NRA, Planned Parenthood, Alzheimer’s Assoc are outrageous but I don’t have a real problem with the comp for some of the hospital CEOs. Yes, they are non profits but they are also massive, complex businesses that take real leadership skills to manage. As someone who lives in the Boston area I am thankful that we have access to world class care delivered by hospitals like Dana Farber, MGH and Boston Childrens.
The nation would suffer if these institutions were not well run. The same can’t be said for the above mentioned charities.
There are many non profit scams….but this one does fall into a class with other non-profits that have ulterior political motives and will buy that power illegally.
There is a difference in levels of corruption and greed.
I’d hazard GiveSendGo does not fit into the usual cynical mold.
They think they are getting what is due to them. Unfortunately many people have that frame of mind. Very few are willing to work hard for the money when they can grift.
You can’t be a predator w/out easy prey.
I say we start a new organization to deal with BLM, call it APCI.
Arrest, prosecute, covict and INCARCERATE.
So they bilked a bunch of dopey doe eyed leftists out of millions and completely effed off with the money.
GOD I LOVE THESE WOMEN!!!!!!!!
I love them almost as much as the homeless dude in Olympia that car jacked a woman’s Prius at 10:oo PM at a shit hole park with a baseball bat. Sounds like she was there by herself. Weaponized stupidity of prey should NOT go unpunished.
Hey, let’s not forget to give a shout out to all those deep-blue mayors who gave these grifters significant asphalt validation in the form of horizontal highway banners.
I gotcher street cred right here, Mayor-Accomplice Bowser.
BLM wanted a news blackout on its crib. There goes the neighborhood.
I see nothing at all wrong with this. The houses were for blacks, right? If you are stupid enough to donate your money to such an organization, you are a special kind of stupid.
File this under “obvious”, I knew this shit would happen. People were falling over themselves to virtue signal by throwing money at this organization without seeing any plans on how the money would be spent or any level of transparency.