For several months, questions have arisen concerning the finances of controversial activists in the Black Lives Matter organization. Various politicians have voiced concerns about how the group handles their donations.
This includes accusations of potential theft and fraud, and some are demanding releases of financial records — reportedly something that has been difficult to obtain.
But After A High-Profile Purchase, BLM Might Not Be Able To Avoid These Demands Any Longer.
Earlier this week, the news broke that the social justice organization had bought a posh $6 million California mansion, supposedly using charitable donations.
This sparked a rash of criticism and calls for a investigation into the matter, especially after the group has raked in tens of millions of in recent years. We’re also seeing certain members living expensive lifestyles.
On top of this, it seems like BLM attempted to hide the purchase of that mansion.
After the reveal in New York Magazine, reports began to surface that Black Lives Matter tried to stop the story from being published. This fell in line with the group allegedly keeping their finances quiet.
But California Rep. Darrell Issa thinks we need an official probe into the matter (via Fox News):
Black Lives Matter’s reported purchase of a $6 million California mansion with charitable donations should spark a Department of Justice investigation into the politically powerful nonprofit, California Rep. Darrell Issa told Fox News Digital.
‘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 told Fox News Digital.
Rep. Issa added that this “Definitely Has The Suggestion Of Misappropriation Of Charitable Funds” and could very well be “An Abuse Of Our Nonprofit Laws.”
Wife of BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors slammed the article in NY Magazine about the mansion, claiming the piece was “filled with misinformation, innuendo and incendiary opinions.”
However, it’s important to note that Cullors resigned from BLM last year, amid increased scrutiny over the group’s finances. She also bought herself a $3M home with funds transferred to a Canadian nonprofit.
With all this money floating around, it might be difficult to convince the public that it’s all for “education” and “social justice.”
When the higher-up members of the group are now clearly millionaires and massive houses are being purchased with public donations, it’s no surprise that many elected officials want the DOJ involved.
If an investigation does break, they’ll want more financial records and information than BLM has historically provided.
Right now, though, it looks like they could be in a heap of trouble, as the accusations appear to hold water — and the evidence might soon arrive.