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Black Lives Matter Hemorrhaged Cash in 2022, Tax Documents Show

  

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Via:  vic-eldred  •  11 months ago  •  30 comments

By:   Andrew Kerr (Washington Free Beacon)

Black Lives Matter Hemorrhaged Cash in 2022, Tax Documents Show
Black Lives Matter bled cash and suffered blistering investment losses in 2022, according to a copy of its tax return obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

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Black Lives Matter bled cash and suffered blistering investment losses in 2022, according to a copy of its tax return obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation ran an $8.5 million deficit and saw the value of its investment accounts plummet by nearly $10 million in the most recent tax year, financial disclosures show. The group logged a $961,000 loss on a securities sale of $172,000, suggesting the charity weathered a staggering 85 percent loss on the transaction. These troubles didn't stop BLM from doling out seven-figure contracts to friends and family of its former executive director Patrisse Cullors, who once said charity financial disclosures were "triggering" and "deeply unsafe."

It's no surprise that Cullors was so fearful of disclosing Black Lives Matter's finances to the public. The revelations in Black Lives Matter's latest Form 990 show that the group is on the fast track to financial insolvency, and that the excesses of Cullors's tenure have not abated under her chosen successor, Shalomyah Bowers.

The financial losses come after a year of missteps and setbacks for the embattled charity. BLM raised just $9.3 million in its 2022 fiscal year, down 88 percent from its haul the year prior. Black Lives Matter was forced to shut off its online fundraising streams in February 2022 due to compliance and transparency issues in several liberal states. The group has blown through two-thirds of the $90 million it raised in the wake of George Floyd's death in the summer of 2020.

BLM spent about $12 million of those funds on luxury homes in Los Angeles and Toronto. That profligacy did not abate in the 2022 fiscal year, when the charity dropped more than $10.5 million on contractors, much of which went to companies linked to Cullors's friends and family.

Cullors's brother, Paul Cullors, made out especially well. A graffiti artist with no prior experience as a bodyguard, Paul Cullors and his two companies raked in $1.6 million providing "professional security services" for Black Lives Matter in 2022. Paul Cullors was also one of BLM's only two paid employees during the year, collecting a $126,000 salary as "head of security" on top of his consulting fees.

Black Lives Matter disclosed last May it had paid Paul Cullors a comparatively meager $841,000 to protect the charity's swanky $6 million Los Angeles mansion in its 2021 tax year, which Patrisse Cullors used to film herself baking peach cobblers. The charity told the Associated Press it could not entrust its security to the former police officers that staff typical private protection firms.

"While Patrisse Cullors was forced to resign due to charges of using BLM's funds for her personal use, it looks like she's still keeping it all in the family," said Paul Kamenar, an attorney for the National Legal and Policy Center watchdog group.

Bowers, the Black Lives Matter board member and close friend of Cullors, hauled in a hefty bounty during the charity's 2022 tax year. Black Lives Matter paid his company, Bowers Consulting, $1.7 million for management and consulting services.

Bowers's management of Black Lives Matter earned him few friends in the movement. Black Lives Matter Grassroots, a former sister organization of Black Lives Matter, accused Bowers of "blazing a path of irreparable harm to BLM" by treating the charity as his personal piggy bank.

"His actions have led [Black Lives Matter] into multiple investigations by the Internal Revenue Service and various state attorney generals," the lawsuit stated. "Instead of using the donations for its intended purposes, Mr. Bowers diverted these donations to his own coffers and intentionally took calculated steps to prevent those same resources from being used by BLM for on-the-ground movement work."

The sister of former Black Lives Matter board member Raymond Howard brought in a seven-figure consulting fee as well. BLM paid Danielle Edwards's firm, New Impact Partners, $1.1 million for consulting services in 2022.

Black Lives Matter also agreed to pay an additional $600,000 to an unidentified former board member's consulting firm "in connection with a contract dispute," the charity disclosed in its audited financial statements.

Notably absent from Black Lives Matter's 2022 tax return is any mention of Trap Heals, the art firm run by the father of Cullors's only child, Damon Turner. BLM paid $969,000 to Trap Heals in 2021, and the two companies were identified as partners in press reports well into BLM's 2022 tax year. Charities are only required to disclose the names of their five highest compensated independent contractors.

It's unclear if Black Lives Matter paid out lucrative contracting fees to Cullors's friends and family past June 2022. The charity brought on a new board of directors last summer led by nonprofit adviser Cicley Gay, who has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy three times since 2005.

Black Lives Matter did not return a request for comment.


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Vic Eldred
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1  seeder  Vic Eldred    11 months ago

What an organization. Founded by Marxists and behind most of the 2020 riots, it went from $90 Million to bankruptcy in a years time.

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Ozzwald
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1.1  Ozzwald  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    11 months ago

Puts them in good company, though way down in 2nd place.

Donald Trump reported losses of nearly $1 billion over 2-year period, accountant says

Just to put things in perspective.

 
 
 
George
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1.1.1  George  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1    11 months ago

Thanks Ozzy, I knew i could count on you.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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1.1.2  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1    11 months ago

Ozzy nailed it, BLM and Trump, like peas and carrots.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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1.1.3  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1    11 months ago
Just to put things in perspective.

Apples and lug nuts there Ozzwald. $1billion out of how much? You need to compare percentages NOT amounts. You know. Like people comparing crime rates. Trump Organization may have lost $1B but sure as hell didn't have to file bankruptcy for money blown on nothing but sailboat fuel

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.4  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1    11 months ago

Not much perspective there.

BLM wasn't a business.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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1.1.5  Right Down the Center  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1    11 months ago

How about a comment on BLM and how they took advantage of white guilt to line their own pockets and ignore the community they were supposed to help?  But but but Trump is a pretty lame excuse for a comment.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.1.6  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.4    11 months ago

BLM incited arson and looting. 

The other certain people THINK did.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.7  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.1.6    11 months ago

That was their legacy. Hopefully now only a memory

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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1.1.8  Ozzwald  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1.1.3    11 months ago
You need to compare percentages NOT amounts.

No I don't.....

Like people comparing crime rates.

Apple meet orange.

Trump Organization may have lost $1B but sure as hell didn't have to file bankruptcy for money blown on nothing but sailboat fuel

Then let's compare the number of time BLM has filed for bankruptcy and the number of times Trump has filed for bankruptcy.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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1.1.9  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1.8    11 months ago

He didn't go broke.....................off of heartstring pulling made up bullshit donated money and remained in business. They more than likely won't as they probably have no assets left after Buy Luxury Mansions goes through the process....................

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.1.10  Texan1211  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1    11 months ago

why the abject deflection to Trump? isn't there enough Trump articles to comment on without polluting this one?

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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1.1.11  Ozzwald  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.10    11 months ago
why the abject deflection to Trump?

Because you guys hate any possible derogatory facts about Trump.  It's fun watching you spin and fail to accept the facts.

And now texan1211, I will return to completely ignoring you once again.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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1.1.12  Right Down the Center  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1.8    11 months ago

Still with the but but but Trump I see.  jrSmiley_90_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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1.1.13  Right Down the Center  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.10    11 months ago
why the abject deflection to Trump? isn't there enough Trump articles to comment on without polluting this one?

When all is lost pivot to Trump.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.1.14  Texan1211  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1.11    11 months ago

if you are so hellbent on giving us facts about Trump, has it ever occurred to you to do so on an actual article ON Trump???????

the only spin is coming from your direction because Orange Man Bad!

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.1.15  Texan1211  replied to  Right Down the Center @1.1.13    11 months ago

it's damn pitiful that no topic here is safe from people ragging on Trump.

do they seriously have some problem that makes them blurt out "TRUMP" no matter what is being discussed?

I haven't seen so many people cheering for a corrupt organization like BLM in all my life.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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1.1.16  Right Down the Center  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.15    11 months ago

do they seriously have some problem that makes them blurt out "TRUMP" no matter what is being discussed?

Yet they get all pissy if you tell them they have TDS even though they constantly prove they do.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.1.17  Texan1211  replied to  Right Down the Center @1.1.16    11 months ago

I know, some have gone so far as to call for banning the phrase.

doesn't seem to be in line with the amount of angst shown because some first grader won't be allowed to read one poem at school.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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1.1.19  Right Down the Center  replied to  dennis smith @1.1.18    11 months ago

It can't be easy.  I could not imagine having Donald living in my head.  

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.1.20  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.17    11 months ago
I know, some have gone so far as to call for banning the phrase.

You know that they just can't deal with the honesty of it.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
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1.1.21  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.10    11 months ago

Especially when the topic is BLM, not Trump.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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2  Drinker of the Wry    11 months ago

It was a sweet ride when the cash was rolling in.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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3  Jeremy Retired in NC    11 months ago

That's what happens when you don't do anything productive and scam people.

 
 
 
George
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4  George    11 months ago

Buy Large Mansions has been exposed as a fraud? I'm Shocked, shocked I say!

More importantly, how long before one of the simpletons deflect to trumps charity? 

 
 
 
Texan1211
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4.1  Texan1211  replied to  George @4    11 months ago

already happened.

because everyone knows BLM and Trump are tge same things!

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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5  Sean Treacy    11 months ago

This is all going down the memory hole.  Democrats never embraced defund the police, rioting etc…

of course, all the needlessly dead black people since 2020, whose police stopped policing per progressive demands,  are proof that it happened.  But liberals never really care about what happens in neighborhoods they don’t live in. 

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
6  Texan1211    11 months ago

BLM seems to be a great front for grifters!

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
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6.1  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Texan1211 @6    11 months ago

Definitely got that right!

 
 

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