Just 33% of cumulative Black Lives Matter donations of $90 million went to charitable causes, according to a shocking new report.
The group has given away around $30 million between 2020 and 2022, during which time it raised $90 million in donations by promoting itself as the leading civil rights organization in the United States.
Among the benefactors of BLM’s paltry donations were friends and family of co-founder Patrisse Cullors, particularly her graffiti artist brother, Paul, who received $1.7 million in salary and contracts during that time.
Cullors’ brother was a BLM board member, received a salary of just under $140,000 while his company, Black Ties Security, was paid over $750,000 by the group for ” security services,” reports the New York Post.
Friends and family of Patrisse Cullors were among the biggest benefactors of Black Lives Matter donations
Cullors’ brother Paul received $1.7 million in salary and band contracts to provide security as well as his seat on the board
A year earlier, his company, Cullors Security LLC, had received $841,000 for his services.
In 2021, he paid $637,000 for a house in a suburb of Los Angeles.
According to the Post’s report, among the causes the Oakland-based Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation contributed to were pro-black and trans causes as well as anti-police efforts. The newspaper said the total number of donations was $30,498,722.
Of that $30.4 million, $4.5 million went to nonprofits run by known BLM supporters and associates. Despite massive donations, BLM posted losses of $8.5 million for 2021.
One group that received a grant was the Tamir Rice Foundation, named after the 12-year-old Cleveland boy who was shot by Timothy Loehmann, a 26-year-old white police officer, in 2014.
The foundation, led by Rice’s mother, has criticized Black Lives Matter in the past. “They’re taking advantage of the blood of our loved ones, and they won’t even talk to us,” Samaria Rice told The Post in 2021.
The biggest grant from BLM went to the Love Not Blood campaign, a group created by Cephus Johnson following the shooting death of his nephew, Oscar Grant, by a police officer in Oakland in 2009.
Grant was played by Michael B. Jordan in the award-winning film Fruitvale Station, detailing the shooting.
It recently emerged that BLM was suffering from a financial crisis after donations plummeted amid reports of lavish spending by board members
Other recipients include the Trans Justice Housing Project in Atlanta which got $200,000, the same amount went to Reuniting African Descendants while the Michael Brown Chosen for Change Foundation received nearly $300,000.
This foundation had its nonprofit status revoked by the IRS due to a failure to provide proper returns.
Brown’s 2014 shooting death in Ferguson, Missouri, at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson sparked national outrage.
The Post report details that between 2020 and 2021, donations to BLM fell by $67 million, from $76 million to just $9.2 million.
On Friday, it was reported that Patrisse Cullors had been quietly let go from her contract with Warner Bros TV after failing to produce any content.
The BLM activist posted a message on Instagram a few days ago accusing the media of “lying” about him.
“For 2.5 years I have been relentlessly assaulted by the media. So many lies and so much misinformation and misinformation. They are bent on destroying my life,” she wrote. “Even though I don’t haven’t been at BLM since 2021, my face continues to be used to spread so many untruths. I’m exhausted and scared for my day to day life. The worst part is that so many people have remained silent.
“Many didn’t and I’m grateful to those who helped fight the dangerous lies. But all of you. I don’t know how much longer I can endure.
Cullors became a co-founder of BLM in 2013 before stepping down in 2021. The movement began in the backyard of her Los Angeles home a decade ago.
Now the national Black Lives Matter organization is at risk of bankruptcy after its finances plunged $8.5 million into the red last year – while simultaneously paying seven-figure salaries to several employees.
Financial disclosures obtained by The Washington Free Beacon show the perilous state of BLM’s Global Network Foundation, which officially emerged in November 2020, as a more formal way to structure the civil rights movement.
Yet despite financial controversy and scrutiny, BLM GNF continued to hire people close to Cullors and several board members.
Cullors, 39, was to produce shows on Warner Brothers’ multiple revenue streams, including animated shows, children’s content, scripted and unscripted.
For the previous year, 2021, tax filings revealed BLM paid nearly $970,000 to a company owned by Damon Turner, the father of Cullors’ child, to help ‘produce live events’ and to provide other “creative services”.
“While Patrisse Cullors was forced to resign due to accusations of using BLM funds for her personal use, it seems she still keeps it all in the family,” said Paul Kamenar, a lawyer for the group. monitoring by the National Legal and Policy Center.
A consulting firm run by BLM board member Shalomyah Bowers was awarded $2.1 million for providing the organization with operational support. Bowers said BLM’s last board approved the contract with his company when he was not a board member.
The filing also revealed that Cullors repaid BLM $73,000 for a charter flight and paid the foundation $390 for the private use of his $6 million Los Angeles mansion.
Bowers, who took over from Cullors when she stepped down, has also benefited greatly from the group: in 2022, her consulting firm was paid $1.7 million for management and consulting services, the Free Beacon reported. .
And the sister of former Black Lives Matter board member Raymond Howard has also been employed in a lucrative role as a consultant.
Danielle Edwards’ company, New Impact Partners, received $1.1 million for consulting services in 2022, the Free Beacon said.
BLM GNF also agreed to pay an additional $600,000 to the consulting firm of an unidentified former board member “in connection with a contractual dispute.”
The nonprofit group posted an $8.5 million deficit and the value of its investment accounts fell nearly $10 million in the last tax year, according to financial reporting.
The group recorded a loss of $961,000 on a sale of securities for $172,000, suggesting that the group suffered an 85% loss on the transaction. More details about this security were not shared.
And the money flowing into BLM’s coffers has dropped dramatically.
Donations fell 88% between 2021 and 2022, from $77 million to just $9.3 million for the last fiscal year.
A year later, in May 2022, it was revealed that Black Lives Matter had spent more than $12 million on luxury properties in Los Angeles and Toronto – including a $6.3 million property of 10,000 square feet in Canada that was purchased under an $8 million contract. ‘grant out of country.’
The Toronto property was purchased with a grant intended for “activities aimed at educating and supporting black communities, and purchasing and renovating property for charitable purposes.”
The group had said it planned to use the property as its main headquarters in Canada, and it has now been named the Wilseed Center for Arts and Activism.
BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors quietly released from Warner Bros contract
Cullors told The Hollywood Reporter in January 2022 that she was working on a documentary about how reparations was similar to the idea of returning to the land, where Native Americans reclaimed their land, and another about the social mobility of people. Black.
Patrisse Cullors was released from her contract with Warner Brothers TV on Friday without ever producing any content.
Cullors, 39, signed the deal with the media giant in 2020 to much fanfare, but it ended in secret in October 2022, he revealed on Friday.
“The deal, unfortunately, did not result in any shows being produced,” a source said. the New York Post.
Cullors claimed in January 2022 that she was working on a documentary about how reparations was similar to the idea of returning to the land, where Native Americans reclaimed their land, and another about black social mobility.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, she also wrote series about marijuana and black women leaders.
The value of the deal was not disclosed.
DailyMail.com has contacted Cullors for comment. Warner Bros declined to comment.