Recapping Black Lives Matter’s Various Financial Scandals

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Recapping Black Lives Matter’s Various Financial Scandals

Apr 14th, 2022 1 min read
COMMENTARY BY
Mike Gonzalez

Angeles T. Arredondo E Pluribus Unum Senior Fellow

Mike is the Angeles T. Arredondo E Pluribus Unum Senior Fellow at The Heritage Foundation.
Co-founder of the "Black Lives Matter" movement Ayo Tometi delivers a speech on the opening day of the Web Summit in Lisbon on November 1, 2021. PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP / Getty Images

Key Takeaways

Most of the major TV networks seem determined that Black Lives Matter should avoid negative coverage.

Kerr revealed earlier this year that the foundation had spent $8 million on a Toronto mansion that had been the headquarters of the Communist Party of Canada.

There's a simple lesson here: Black Lives Matter deserves greater scrutiny.

Large media companies such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and most of the major TV networks seem determined that Black Lives Matter should avoid negative coverage.

This continues to be the case despite several bombshells this year regarding apparent financial improprieties by the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, BLM’s mothership. Here’s a handy rundown of just the major items.

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The Washington Examiner’s Andrew Kerr has broken several stories on the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. Kerr revealed earlier this year that the foundation had spent $8 million on a Toronto mansion that had been the headquarters of the Communist Party of Canada. The revelation has angered Canadian supporters.

New York Magazine, a liberal media company that has decided to break omerta on BLM, broke the news last Monday that the foundation had purchased a $6 million California mansion and went to great lengths to keep it hidden. In a desperate attempt at obfuscation, board member Shalomyah Bowers said in an email to New York Magazine that the organization had bought the California mansion "to serve as housing as studio for recipients of the Black Joy Creators Fellowship … which provides recording resources and dedicated space for Black creatives."

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Never mind that the fellowship wasn’t announced until the following morning.

It's also worth noting that not even the IRS knows where the money that hasn’t gone into real estate has ended up. As Fox Business's Danielle Wallace reported in February, the attorneys general of deep-blue California and Washington have ordered the foundation to submit delinquent financial reports for 2020, and the organization had to cease fundraising.

There's a simple lesson here: Black Lives Matter deserves greater scrutiny.

This piece originally appeared in The Washington Examiner