Clinton cronies revealed to have walked away from beleaguered BLM board
A pair of Clinton family allies have walked out of the Black Lives Matter board just days after its co-founder, Patrisse Cullors, admitted to lying about not using the group’s $6 million mansion for fun.
Cullors, 38, told the Associated Press on Monday that he used the opulent, seven-bed Studio City complex, purchased for cash by BLM in October 2020, for a party to celebrate Joe Biden’s inauguration and another for the your son’s birthday.
And now it has been revealed that Minyon Moore and Marc Elias, two close allies of former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, have resigned from the national organization’s board of directors, according to the washington examiner.
Both were only confirmed to the Black Lives Matter board in February, sparking speculation about the reason for their sudden departures.
No reason has been given, but BLM was embroiled in another scandal this week after its co-founder, Patrisse Cullors, admitted to lying about how she had used a $6 million mansion bought with donor money.
Moore, who worked with President Bill Clinton and was a member of Hilary Clinton’s inner circle during her two unsuccessful presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2016, was announced as a board member in February.
The same month, Elias’ law firm, Elias Law, was named as the one to take over the BLM’s books and finances.
There was some controversy over Moore’s appointment, as she had worked on President Joe Biden’s transition team and served as “compromise nominating advisor” to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.
Former Clinton cronies Minyon Moore (left) and Marc Elias (right) have left the Black Lives Matter board of directors, just three months after their appointments were first revealed.
A pair of Clinton family allies have walked out of the Black Lives Matter board just days after its co-founder, Patrisse Cullors (pictured), admitted to lying about not using the group’s $6 million mansion for fun.
Meanwhile, it was revealed that same month that Elias, general counsel to Clinton’s losing 2016 campaign, took over the organization’s books and finances on behalf of his law firm.
However, in BLM latest registration filings sent to Florida and Oklahoma on April 28, Moore and Elias are nowhere to be found.
Black Lives Matter, Moore and the Elias Law Firm declined or did not respond to requests for comment.
The first instance of Cullors holding extracurricular activities at the mansion saw her throw a party to toast the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as president and vice president in January 2021.
Then, in March of the same year, he seized the luxury property, whose purchase has sparked fury among other racial justice activists, for his school-age son’s birthday party.
However, in the latest BLM registration filings sent to Florida and Oklahoma on April 28, Moore and Elias are nowhere to be found.
Cullors said of his earlier decision to lie: “I look back and think it probably wasn’t the best idea.”
He previously issued a statement denying ever living there or using the property for personal gain after his purchase was revealed by New York magazine, prompting accusations of racism from BLM.
The purchase of the 6,500-square-foot Studio City property, which officials previously said was reserved exclusively for official foundation business, was revealed last month by NY Mag.
The news of the previously hidden transaction – made more than a year and a half ago – unleashed a firestorm of criticism about the financial practices of the foundation’s top brass, which have already been questioned in recent months.
Black Lives Matter raised $90 million in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, and still has an impressive $60 million in cash on hand.
Explaining the rationale behind the lavish purchase, Cullors told the AP: “We looked at commercial buildings and houses and then found this really amazing space that is a sweet spot between commercial and residential.”
He then justified his purchase by noting how the mansion had a soundstage that allowed BLM to produce podcasts.
Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, pictured here during an interview with The Associated Press in Los Angeles last week, admitted she lied when she said she had only used the group’s $6 million Los Angeles mansion for official business. In the interview, the former BLM leader, who resigned last spring, addressed claims that she misused donated funds.
This is the lavish Studio City estate BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors has now admitted she used for personal, non-BLM business after previously denying it.
The property was bought as a haven for black artists, but Cullors took it over to host a Biden-Harris inauguration party and to celebrate his son’s 21st birthday, he revealed in an interview last week.
Cullors threw a birthday party for the son she has with Damon Turner (pictured left with the BLM co-founder in 2020) at the $6 million Southern California mansion in March 2021. A charity run by Cullors donated $86K to Turner’s clothing company the year before. , after the foundation garnered nearly $100 million in donations in 2020
After receiving the email requesting comment on the existence of the house last month, BLM officials reportedly An internal memorandum was circulated with possible responses to the media query about the alleged purchase.
Responses ranged from: ‘Can we just end the story?’ a: ‘Our point of view must be to deflate ownership of ownership,’ the magazine reported.
At the time, Cullors, who testified that the property was purchased as a “safe space” for Black creatives, activists, and thought leaders, and that its purchase was never revealed because it needed renovation, responded angrily to his detractors, describing the criticism that she was confronting since the purchase was made public as ‘racist and sexist’.
Meanwhile, Cullors defended the purchase while speaking to the AP last week, arguing that the opulent home was purchased to bring more value to the BLM empire.
“We really wanted to make sure that the global network foundation had an asset that wasn’t just financial resources,” he said, “and we understood that not many black-led organizations have property. They do not own their property.