The following contains editorial content written by a retired police officer and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.
Law Enforcement Today would like to congratulate the following companies for being played like a fiddle by Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation and BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors.
- Door Dash- $500,000
- Deckers- portions of $500,000
- Amazon- portions of $10,000,000
- Gatorade- $500,000
- Microsoft- $250,000
- AirBnB- split $500,000 between BLM and the NAACP
- Unilever- $250,000
- Nabisco- split $500,000 between BLM and the NAACP
There are of course countless others, including sports leagues, athletes, Hollywood frauds and regular old people. How exactly have these businesses and regular Joe’s been played?
The Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF) and several other outlets are reporting that Cullors, who moonlights as a real estate investor of million-dollar homes when she’s not shaking down people for money, has funneled business to her baby daddy, according to a review of business records, interviews and social media posts.
Damon Turner, head of a company called Trap Heals has been identified as the father of Cullors’ only child, which she must have had prior to deciding she didn’t like men.
According to the DCNF, Trap Heals was formed just days before getting into a partnership with the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, later becoming the “lead developer of the art & cultural efforts” for the organization. That information was obtained from business records, interviews and an archived version of Trap Heals’ website.
In addition to BLM (Buy Large Mansions), two other activist groups let by Cullors, who refers to herself as a “trained Marxist,” yet somehow loves to use capitalism to pad her wallet, paid Trap Heals a total of $238,000 to produce an election night livestream and for consulting services, according to campaign finance records.
Cullors and Turner have been secretive about having a child in common at least publicly, however the DCNF said in at least one case, Turner said Cullors was intimately involved with Trap Heals’ partnership with BLM Global Network.
According to Laurie Styron, executive director of the watchdog group CharityWatch, a leader of a nonprofit should not be directly involved with hiring a vendor if they otherwise have a personal relationship. Ethics and Cullors probably shouldn’t be used in the same sentence.
“To maintain public trust, it is vital that leaders not only avoid any impropriety in practice, cut also avoid the appearance of it,” Styron said.
“In other words, even if the consultant or vendor hired is the best one for the job, if that vendor has a personal relationship with the leader who hired them, additional steps should be taken to prove to the public that this arrangement is in the best interest of the charity and was made at arm’s length.”
Ethics and Cullors appear to be polar opposites, as her history of self-dealing shows. Recently, it was revealed that Cullors had purchased expensive homes across the country since 2016 for a total of $3.2 million.
Not bad for someone who has never held a real job in her life. The DCNF also reported that Cullors had received around $20,000 a month from one of her activist groups, which also laid out a cool $26,000 at a luxury resort.
Cullors extravagance with what appears to be donor money hasn’t set well with a number of BLM chapters, including the one in New York.
In that case, Hawk Newsome, leader of Black Lives Matter Greater New York (not affiliated with BLM Global Network) complained about Cullors’ extravagant lifestyle, and called for an “independent investigation” of BLM Global Network’s finances in a New York Post interview last month.
BLM Global Network denies any of its funds or resources were used toward real estate purchases for Cullors, or for that matter for any employee or volunteer.
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Last November, a coalition of 10 BLM chapters accused the Global Network of providing little to no support to local chapters, and said the national arm provided zero in the way of acceptable financial transparency surrounding moneys raised since its 2013 founding.
In a statement, the local chapters complained that Cullors is the “sole board member” of BLM Global Network and became the group’s executive director last July “against the will of most chapters and without their knowledge.”
Cullors was identified as BLM’s co-founder and executive director in a report which detailed its accomplishments (and how much money it shook businesses down for) in a 2020 report.
Styron noted, not speaking specifically of BLM that a nonprofit’s board of directors should choose the best vendor when significant payments are expected ant that “[a}ny interested party should recuse themselves.”
Last year, the DCNF reported that BLM Global Network had spent $4.5 million on payroll, consultants and travel in 2017-2019 fiscal years, which comprised 83.3% of the groups total spending throughout that three year period, according to audited financial statements prepared by its prior fiscal sponsor, the George Soros affiliated Thousand Currents, an apparent money laundering operation located in California.
Meanwhile, BLM Global Network only directed $328,000 to outside organizations, including local, independent autonomous BLM chapters across the country, groups which Cullors says are actually responsible for fulfilling the group’s mission. Where did all the money go?
At the time that information was released, then-Executive Director of BLM Global Network Kailee Scales told DCNF last June that the group’s consulting and personnel expenditures were in fact “in-kind” fundraising and program assistance provided to local BLM chapters.
Cullors actually claimed in April that the BLM Global Network, despite spending millions of dollars between 2017 and 2019 didn’t have “real dollars” until they took advantage of the George Floyd killing to browbeat businesses to open up their coffers ostensibly to avoid being targeted by the group for being “racist.” According to the Associated Press, taking advantage of Floyd’s death led to more than $90 million getting donated to BLM in 2020.
In an interview with leftist professor Marc Lamont Hill, Cullors said:
“We have to build an organization. It’s the first time we’ve ever had real dollars and we have to build a black institution that can challenge policing, that can take care of black communities,” she told Hill. Also, that can apparently take care of Cullors’ real estate portfolio.
“The whole point of these articles and these recent attacks against me are to discredit me but also to discredit the movement.”
Aww, poor Patrisse.
Speaking to her expanding real estate empire, Cullors downplayed those who are criticizing it.
“The way that I live my life is in direct support to black people [herself], including my black family members, first and foremost. For so many black folks who are able to invest in themselves and their community, they chose to invest in their family, and that’s what I choose to do. So, I see my money as not my own. I see it as my family’s money as well.”
In other words, to those criticizing Cullors, she can do what she chooses with the money people donate to BLM and if you don’t like it, too bad and you’re a “racist.”
Cullors has really woven a tangled web. For example, according to DCNF, Cullors’ consulting firm—Janaya and Patrisse Consulting—received around $20,000 a month in 2019 from Reform LA Jails, another one of Cullors’ groups that paid Turners’ company, according to the group’s campaign finance documents.
According to a statemen provided by Reform LA Jails, they claim they paid Cullors “market rate compensation for serving as the chief executive of a historic and successful $5 million dollar campaign in California,” while of course adding that it would be “sexist and racist toe expect an executive level black woman to not be paid for their work.”
Cullors was careful to “forget” to mention her personal relationship with Turner during interviews with the Los Angeles Times, The Root and Bustle, even though she had mentioned his involvement in her political groups and art projects.
She even went to the point of conducting an “interview” with Turner in the nonprofit news outlet in April of last year, in which she identified Turner as a “cultural architect” but “forgot” to mention that Turner is the father of her child.
Cullors did identify Turner as her child’s baby daddy in a verified, public Instagram profile in 2019.
“This past decade I healed my relationship with @iamdamonturner,” Cullors wrote in the past, which DCNF did not link to out of concern for the child’s privacy. “We entered the decade developing a friendship and then having a baby.”
In the archived version of Trap Heals website, it said that it was the “lead developer of the art & cultural efforts of BLM Global Network in 2018. It was not clear if BLM Global Network paid Trap Heals for its services.
According to DCNF, federal law requires charities disclose contractors that received over $100,000 in any single tax year on their Form 990s. The then-fiscal sponsor for BLM Global Network, Thousand Currents, did not include Trap Heals as a contractor on its Form 990 tax filing for FY 2019, which covered the timeframe between July 2018 and June 2019.
BLM Global Network spend almost $833,000 on consultants in the year it had contracted with Trap Heals, according to audited financial statements prepared by Thousand Currents. The financials didn’t identify consultants which received payments from BLM Global Network.
DCNF said that neither BLM Global Network, BLM PAC Reform LA Jails, Thousand Currents nor Trap Heals returned request for comment.
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