Investigative reporting over the past year has raised serious questions about how the leadership of Black Lives Matter’s national organization used the tens of millions of dollars it received in donations as a supposed charitable non-profit group, such as for purchases of multiple multi-million-dollar homes.
Now Leo Terrell, a civil rights attorney and disillusioned former Democrat, is calling for criminal investigations of the racial justice organization’s finances at the federal and state level, The Conservative Brief reported.
Time for Congress and states to investigate
Terrell’s insistence on criminal probes of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation’s leadership came during an appearance Tuesday on “Fox & Friends.”
“They use their color to exploit and this is very important: corporations handed them this money,” Terrell said. “So what needs to happen is congressional hearings. Every state in this country, the attorney general needs to call them in.”
“Basically, they need to sell all those homes and return the money because they have done nothing for the Black community at all. It is a game. They have schemed the Black community and they received over $90 million,” he added.
Funds donated to BLM used to purchase expensive mansions
New York Magazine, hardly a right wing media outlet, published a bombshell report in early April about a $6 million Southern California mansion that had been secretly purchased by BLM leadership in Oct. 2020 but had never been revealed to the public or even the rank-and-file members of the organization. The group insisted the home would eventually be claimed on relevant tax forms.
Yet, when the journalist who authored that report began asking questions about the house, internal emails show that leadership initially sought to “kill” the story and strategized various excuses to dampen the negative backlash that would ensue following a public revelation of the mansion they referred to as the “campus.”
The massive residence was, in theory, supposed to be used as a creative studio for BLM members — though little has actually been produced there — while also doubling as a sort of “safe house” for endangered leaders
That detailed and damning report fit with a pattern first uncovered a year earlier by reports from the New York Post in April 2021 about then-BLM leader Patrisse Cullors spending more than $3 million to purchase four homes, apparently for herself and her family, in California and Georgia. Cullors resigned her official role with the group shortly after the Post’s revelations.
Time for DOJ to do its job
Leo Terrell is not alone in calling for criminal investigations of BLM’s finances and leadership, as Fox News reported in early April that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), in response to the explosive New York Magazine report, urged the Justice Department to do its job.
“The disturbing information that we are learning is more than enough to warrant an investigation from the DOJ — and doubtless not the end of all there is to know,” Issa said. “This definitely has the suggestion of misappropriation of charitable funds and an abuse of our nonprofit laws.”
For what it is worth, Cullors has long insisted that she has done nothing wrong and that any criticism of her or BLM are politically and racially motivated attacks. Of the New York Magazine report, she decried it as a “despicable abuse” of journalism and asserted that the article was “filled with misinformation, innuendo and incendiary opinions,” though she didn’t offer any specific rebuttals of the facts presented.