The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is exceedingly generous to those with close ties to its co-founder, Patrisse Cullors. The Associated Press obtained tax records that highlight the giving spirit of the non-profit.
The paperwork shows that BLM paid out $840,000 to Cullors Protection LLC, a security company owned by her brother, Paul Cullors. A whopping $970,000 was dispersed to Trap Heals, LLC, a business founded by Damon Turner, the father of Cullors’ child.
But wait, there’s more! The foundation shelled out $2.1 million to Bowers Consulting, which is run by Shalomyah Bowers, the foundation’s own board secretary.
For “trained Marxists,” the BLM leadership is doing a fine job of embracing good old capitalism. Cullors very publicly declared that she and BLM co-founder Alicia Garza were “super-versed” in communist and collectivist doctrine.
The BLM funds for Trap Heals were earmarked for “live events” and “creative services.” A cool $150,000 went to the firm for a livestream on election night in November 2020. Trap Heals, according to records, was founded mere days before partnering with BLM.
BLM, according to its filings, raked in $77 million in donations in the 2021 fiscal year. The charity spent over $37 million on grants, real estate, and private flights. And at the end of the spree had $42 million in net assets.
The tax forms reveal gifts that keep on giving. For example, Cullors reimbursed BLM $73,523 for a 2021 charter flight she said was taken out of concern over COVID-19. She also received $120,000 for undisclosed “consulting fees.”
The charity was already in hot water after New York Magazine’s disclosure last month of the purchase of a $6 million mansion in Los Angeles. It was justified as a place for “creativity.” Cullors resigned under pressure last year as revelations of other extravagant purchases emerged.
The shame of misusing funds that many well-intentioned donors forked over to advance social justice is apparently lost on BLM’s leadership. Those pesky forms the IRS requires should be quite the eye-opener for charitable givers who deserve much better for their generosity.