On Monday, in what reporter Sean Campbell described as a transaction meant to remain a secret, the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation used donations to buy a luxurious 6,500 square-foot home for nearly $6 million, New York Magazine revealed.
Three leaders of the operation– Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Melina Abdullah– have been accused of using donations from supporters to purchase a $6 million home in Southern California back in October of 2020.
The California house, has more than half a dozen bedrooms and bathrooms, several fireplaces, a soundstage, a pool and bungalow, and parking for more than 20 cars, the magazine reported.
“Even if everything about the house is above board, the general air of secrecy is out of step with the transparency that is expected of charitable or tax-exempt organizations,” Campbell analyzed.
Well, let’s go back in time, two weeks after BLM received a $66.5 million cash infusion from its fiscal sponsor in October 2020, the group employed a man with close ties to the charity’s co-founder, Patrisse Cullors, to secretly purchase the 7-bedroom residence.
The Gateway Pundit further explained the details:
Dyane Pascall, the financial manager for Janaya and Patrisse Consulting — an LLC operated by Cullors and her spouse, Janaya Khan, bought the Studio City mansion in cash to conceal the misuse of the charities’ donations.
Six days later, Pascal transferred the property’s deed to an LLC named after the property’s address, New York Magazine reports.
To assure the property’s owner wouldn’t be disclosed, ownership of the property was then transferred to an LLC in Delaware.
The organization tried to keep existence a lavish home, which is referred to internally as the “complex,” a secret and “kill” the story about the mansion by preventing journalists from discovering the transaction, according to the report.
BLMGNF board member Shalomyah Bowers issued a statement Friday claiming the charity “always planned” to disclose the legal filings over the purchase and insists the residence was intended to serve as a “housing and studio space” for recipients of the Black Joy Creators Fellowship.
The $6 million California property is one of several mansions purchased by BLMGNF after the group raised grifted over $90 million following the death of George Floyd.
BML executive director was forced to resign last May after Cullors under fire for buying four high-end homes for $3.2 million and exploiting the charity to enrich herself.
In her defense, she claimed the controversy surrounding BLM’s finances “were right-wing attacks” and attempts to “discredit my character” and had nothing to do with her departure.
In a video published in June, Cullors and BLM leaders Melina Abdullah, Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza dined outside of the $6 million California mansion to commemorate the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder.
BLM deleted the video from YouTube on Monday night following reports of the group’s misuse of donations.
Cullors explained in the now-removed video that she was in “survival moved” from “the right-wing media machine just leveraging literally all its weight against me against our movement against BLM the organization.”
The media is leveling the attacks “because we are powerful, it’s because we are winning, it’s because we are threatening the establishment, we are threatening white supremacy,” she said.
The watchdog, which filed a complaint against BLMNGNF to the IRS last year, said it would also file an amended complaint to the California Attorney General following the revelations of the Studio City property purchase.