Black Lives Matter (BLM) has become a national force in American politics since its start in 2012 after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin by a Neighborhood Watch volunteer, George Zimmerman.
BLM also receives millions of dollars in donations annually. But now some are questioning where the money went.
The Washington Examiner recently reported on a BLM’s IRS tax filing that provides some interesting details.
The family and friends of Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors reaped millions in lucrative contracts and payments from the charity after it received a windfall of cash amid nationwide protests in the summer of 2020, according to charity tax documents released Tuesday.
Damon Turner, the father of Cullors’s only child, raked in $969,459 from the embattled charity through his art firm, Trap Heals, BLM’s Form 990 disclosure shows. An LLC run by Cullors’s brother, Paul Cullors, received $840,993 for “professional security services.” Shalomyah Bowers, a member of the BLM board of directors and a close associate to Cullors, pulled in $2,167,894 to his company for consulting and management services. New Impact Partners, an LLC run by the sister of BLM operations director Raymond Howard, received $107,000 for “fundraising counsel activities.”
Apparently, between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, the Washington Examiner also alleges that BLM’s co-founder, Patrisse Cullors, was the organization’s sole member of its Board of Directors and consequently the person making the final decision.
About that Mansion purchase in Toronto:
The National Post, a major Canadian daily, provides more details on the purchase of a mansion in Toronto:
An audited financial statement obtained by the Washington Examiner revealed that for this purchase, BLM Global Network Foundation transferred US$8 million to M4BJ, a Toronto-based non-profit founded by Cullors’ wife, Janaya Khan, who is the co-founder of BLM Toronto.