Recent reports, according to California Rep. Issa, are “more than enough to trigger” a DOJ inquiry. According to California Rep. Darrell Issa, Black Lives Matter’s rumored acquisition of a $6 million California house with charity donations should prompt a Department of Justice inquiry into the politically potent organization. BLM is undergoing internal strife at the time of the purchase. According to public records obtained by the New York Post, Black Lives Matter (BLM) shifted millions of dollars to a foundation in Canada operated by the wife of co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors to buy a home that used to be the headquarters of the Communist Party of Canada.
M4BJ, a Toronto-based non-profit founded in part by Janaya Khan, purchased the 10,000-square-foot house for $6.3 million in July 2021. Khan-Cullors, a self-described Marxist who helped form the Black Lives Matter Global Foundation Network, is Khan’s wife. Khan-Cullors resigned from the group last year after it was found that she spent $3.2 million on properties in Georgia and Los Angeles, according to an inquiry. She allegedly disputed that the residences were bought with BLM money. Within the group, the acquisition of the Toronto estate, also known as the Wildseed Centre for Art and Activism, generated criticism.
“For BLM Canada to take money from BLM Global Network [Foundation] for a building without consulting the community was unethical,” Sarah Jama and Sahra Soudi, two Canadian BLM activists, recently said. “It goes against the spirit of movement-building for BLM Canada to refuse to address inquiries from young Black activists.” Two activists who were expected to take over leadership after Khan-Cullors’ departure departed abruptly in September, according to a new investigation by the Washington Examiner.
The national branch of the Black Lives Matter movement, the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, has come under fire for its handling of tens of millions of dollars in donations. BLM surreptitiously purchased a $6 million house – which the group’s leaders are believed to nickname “Campus” – and never reported it to the public, according to New York Magazine. BLM apparently distributed a document addressing the prospect of trying to “kill” the story when the magazine enquired about the house.
Issa believes the Department of Justice (DOJ) to launch an inquiry. “The troubling facts we’re finding is more than enough to trigger a DOJ inquiry — and it’s likely not the end of what we know,” Issa told Fox News Digital. “This strongly suggests misuse of charitable contributions as well as a violation of our nonprofit regulations.” The California property purchase was distinct from a 2021 deal in which BLM sent funds to a Canadian foundation managed by the widow of BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors in order to acquire a $3 million home.
In a message uploaded on Instagram on Tuesday, Cullors slammed NYMag’s story. Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, slammed New York Magazine for reporting on a $6 million house that BLM bought with charitable donations. “Yesterday’s New York Magazine piece is a terrible exploitation of a platform that is supposed to educate the public with accurate information,” she stated. “Journalism is designed to protect our communities by informing them.”
“It’s frustrating and unacceptable that a prominent newspaper would enable a reporter with a demonstrated and very public prejudice towards me and other Black leaders to produce an article full of misinformation, innuendo, and inflammatory comments,” she continued. Cullors, who unexpectedly resigned from BLM in May 2021 amid rising investigation of the organization’s finances, had previously been chastised for leading a lavish lifestyle that included multimillion-dollar real estate acquisitions.
A new investigation also raises questions about a big mansion acquired with donor funding by Black Lives Matter. The same $6 million southern California home where Black Lives Matter leadership lives has been cloaked in secrecy, according to a new story that has the movement in damage control mode. The 6,500-square-foot structure known among BLM officials as “Campus” was acquired with cash in October 2020, according to New York Magazine, using monies contributed to the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation.
According to the story, after a New York Magazine writer inquired about the house, an internal BLM letter stated, “Our angle … has to be to deflate ownership of the property.” “Can we kill the story?” was one of numerous replies that were offered. The same document allegedly includes bullet points concerning Campus, including how it is utilized by BLM’s “culture arm,” and how it could be used as a “influencer home” where artists can develop material, as well as a “safehouse.” As the house will be utilized for publicly viewable YouTube recordings, the document apparently mentioned “[h]oles” in the “security tale.”
Board member Shalomyah Bowers issued a statement two days after the reporter contacted BLMGNF, saying that BLMGNF had bought the land. “With the intention for it to serve as housing and studio space for recipients of the Black Joy Creators Fellowship,” a program that was said to be launched the next day and would provide “recording resources and dedicated space for Black creatives to launch content online and in real life focused on abolition, healing justice, urban agriculture and food justice, pop culture, activism, and politics.”
“It’s a waste of resources,” Tory Russell, a Ferguson, Missouri-based activist, told New York Magazine. Russell is said to have been seeking to gather money for a community center in Ferguson and had been attempting to enlist the help of BLMGNF. Prior to the acquisition of the mansion, BLMGNF had recently acquired $66.5 million from George Floyd’s estate. Dyane Pascall purchased the home two weeks after the organization received the funds. According to the study, Pascall oversees funds for an LLC managed by Patrisse Cullors, who was the executive director of BLMGNF at the time.
After that, Pascall allegedly transferred title of the residence to a new LLC established up by Perkins Coie, a law company. Black Lives Matter began to use the property once it formally changed hands. The IRS gave BLMGNF tax-exempt status two months after the acquisition, but while this implies they must now publish donor and spending details, they allegedly neglected to complete the required papers in 2020 or 2021. In her response, Bowers stated that the group “always expected” to include the house in the disclosures due this year. She added that the structure is not utilized as a residence and was purchased through LLCs for liability reasons.
BLMGNF was contacted by Fox News for comment on the New York Magazine article, but they did not react right away. The California home isn’t the only Black Lives Matter property worth a lot of money. In 2021, BLM Canada stated that they were purchasing a house in Toronto to be utilized as a Black community center. Public documents eventually revealed that the transaction included $6.3 million donated to a foundation set up by persons including Janaya Khan, Cullors’ wife.
Two BLM Toronto leaders resigned, citing the organization’s financial management in their resignation letter. “We’ve written this because our numerous attempts to raise concerns have been greeted with denial, gaslighting, and a reluctance to address pleas for responsibility,” they explained. “We were told that worries about financial transparency and community responsibility were nothing more than rumors, ‘not a big problem,’ and murmurs from so-called’counter-organizers.'”
Campus has seldom been utilized to develop content, according to New York Magazine, despite it being one of its claimed aims. One video made there had nothing to do with BLM and was instead a film of Cullors preparing a peach cobbler for her own YouTube channel as part of a planned series. It has now been designated as private. Cullors and BLM activists Alicia Garza and Melina Abdullah were seen on the terrace in May 2021, celebrating the first anniversary of Floyd’s killing. Cullors is said to have complained in it about how right-wing media had targeted her and the group, citing a New York Post piece about how she spent $3 million on four residences.