The house of cards collapses: Indiana attorney general sues Black Lives Matter for documents, tax info

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SOUTH BEND, IN- The wheels continue to fall off Black Lives Matter. Yahoo News reports that Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita has filed a lawsuit against the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation last Thursday.

The latest development is part of Rokita’s investigation of BLMGNF’s finances and apparent misuse of donations.

“I filed a lawsuit against the Black Lives Matter organization to protect Hoosiers from this house of cards,” Rokita announced on social media. “BLM has concerning patterns of behavior [and] we’ll do what it takes to get to the bottom of it on behalf of generous Hoosiers who have donated to them.”

Fox News wrote that BLMGNF, the fundraising arm of the Black Lives Matter movement, has been facing increasing examination over the tens of millions of dollars in donations the organization has received, donations which increased exponentially in the wake of the George Floyd overdose death in Minneapolis nearly two years ago.

Rokita’s lawsuit is demanding BLM respond to investigative demands filed in February of this year.

“The office of the Attorney General filed a petition to Enforce a Civil Investigative Demand, which seeks an order requiring BLM to respond to a Civil Investigative Demand issued to the organization in February 2022,” the attorney general’s office asked.

Among issues plaguing BLM is the rather large real estate portfolio acquired by the group, in particular co-founder Patrisse Cullors. It was also recently revealed that BLM secretly bought a $6 million mansion in Los Angeles, referred to as the “Campus” by the group’s leaders, and hid it from the public.

When New York Magazine inquired about the house, the group circulated a memo discussing the possibility of trying to “kill” the story.

Moreover, in 2021, BLM bought a mansion in Toronto, Canada for $3 million in which the money was transferred to a Canadian nonprofit—ironically run by the wife of Cullors.

Cullors turned tail and ran from the organization in May 2021 as the walls closed in on the group’s finances. That came on the heels of a number of other real estate purchases and her having a wall built around one of them, even as she had criticized former President Donald Trump’s border wall to ensure American sovereignty.

BLM told Fox News it wasn’t aware of Indiana’s request for information until they were served with the lawsuit, and claims the organization is working with their attorneys to “address the matter immediately.”

Rokita’s office claims, according to the IndyStar that BLM published a report in 2020 whereby it claimed to have raised over $90 million. They said more than $21 million of that number went to local chapters, including one in South Bend.

Rokita’s office said, however, an IRS filing from the organization for the first half of 2021 described zero revenue, expenses, and assets. Rokita seeks to “ensure transparency to donors” by verifying that “funds donated by Indiana residents are used for their intended purpose and not for the personal benefit of BLM directors,” the release said.

“The attorney general’s office has asked for a list of information and documents describing the organization’s donation and tax info as part of its civil investigation,” the IndyStar wrote.

Since BLM has yet to respond, Rokita is asking a Marion County judge to force the organization to comply.

A civil investigative demand filed on Feb. 23 saw Rokita’s office ask BLMGNF to identify its Indiana chapters or affiliations, how much funding it had distributed to Indiana chapters, and any property it either owns or holds in the Hoosier State.

His office is also seeking information on how many Indiana residents donated to the group and how much was donated in total. It is not seeking information on who the people were who donated.

In addition, Rokita’s office is seeking tax and financial documents, including IRS form 990s for every year from 2017 through 2021, and records of all payments since Jan. 1, 2020, including who received the payments.

Since Rokita filed the documents, BLM has ignored his requests.

Rokita is also asking the court to take action against the organization if they continue to stonewall his office, along with seeking the donor, payment, and tax information.

Rokita is seeking a halt on BLM’s fundraising requests in the state, as well as an order demanding BLM cease doing business in the state if they continue to refuse to provide the requested information or documents.

The South Bend chapter of BLM told the IndyStar they have received a similar demand letter from the attorney general’s office, and promised to provide the information Rokita’s office is seeking.

South Bend BLM spokesperson Jorden Giger said, “I know that we have been diligent in our work and accountability to our community. We’ve not engaged in any kind of impropriety or self-dealing. All of our funding has gone toward forwarding our work in our community.”

Giger dismissed any concerns people may have about the South Bend chapter.

“We don’t have any concerns really about this,” he said. “We want to be transparent.”

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Figured it out yet? Black Lives Matter and its affiliated PACs and other money-laundering subsets have been playing businesses whose CEOs suffer from self-loathing and naïve people who suffer from white guilt.

Now, the Washington Examiner reports that Black Lives Matter PAC has blown through nearly all ifs cash reserves over the first three months of 2022. Not so ironically, the largest portion of funds went to a firm owned by a BLM board member.

The Examiner notes that according to filings submitted to the Federal Election Commission earlier in April, BLM PAC ended March with only $19,750 in the bank after raising $80,000 and spending $116,00 during the first quarter.

Since the beginning of 2021, BLM PAC has gone through some 94% of its funds available as cash reserves out of a $305,000 warchest.

The chief beneficiary of the money was Bowers Consulting Firm, run by BLM board member Shalomyah Bowers, which realized $45,000 from the PAC for alleged “strategic consulting services.”

Elias Law Group, the controversial law firm run by ambulance-chasing attorney Marc Elias received $8,000 for legal services during the period, while another seedy law firm, Perkins Coie received $8,350, the Washington Examiner reported.

If Elias and Perkins Coie sound familiar, they’re up to their eyeballs in the Russia collusion hoax perpetrated by the Clinton campaign and Fusion GPS, the opposition research team hired by Clinton and the DNC.

“BLM PAC’s donors would be surprised to know their contributions are being paid to BLM insiders and consultants rather than electing their favorite candidates for the mid-term elections,” said Paul Kamenar, counsel to watchdog group National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC).

BLM PAC is a subset of the BLM Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF), an international group which takes money laundering to a whole other level. Law Enforcement Today has reported on the tidy real estate investments made by that organization and BLM’s founders, including Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza.

BLMGNF has spent millions of dollars intended for charitable purposes on mansions and other luxury real estate purchases in Los Angeles, California and elsewhere. Meanwhile, the group has been hesitant to release its financial disclosures as legally required.

BLM voluntarily shut down its fundraising efforts in February after an investigation by the Washington Examiner into the group’s lack of financial transparency. As a result, a number of states ordered BLM to cease fundraising activities, while Amazon Smile, the fundraising platform on Amazon.com removed BLM from its charitable beneficiaries.

BLM famously took advantage of the George Floyd overdose death in Minneapolis, shaking down businesses for donations while preying on primarily white liberals’ white guilt to ramp up its bank account.

Meanwhile very little of the tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars the organization has raked in has made it down into black communities. In addition, black communities have primarily suffered as a result of the violence encouraged by BLM.

In the case of BLM PAC, they raised $1.05 million between October 2020 and the end of that year. In a February 2021 report, it was noted that the nearly three-quarters of a million dollars the group dumped into the Georgia senate races in 2020 paid off for Democratic Sens. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.

The group also dropped $150,000 into an art firm run by the father of Cullors’s only child in order to produce an election night livestream which video experts said should have cost much less than that to produce.

Meanwhile, the national BLM organization recently endured criticism for using its own charitable resources to help raise funds for BLM PAC in an email solicitation sent to the charity’s supporters in March. The PAC later told the Washington Examiner all contributions it received from the email were refunded after the NLPC noted the message could put the funds non-profit status at risk.

The NLPC also filed an IRS complaint against the BLMGNF and Cullors earlier this month over BLM’s purchase of a Los Angeles mansion that was allegedly used for Cullors’s private benefit.

NLPC complained that it was “highly unusual” that BLM had purchased the mansion for cash through a go-between in 2020, then transferred the deed to an obscure LLC only a week later.

BLM then hid the mansion’s existence from its donors for 19 months as Cullors used the mansion for her personal use for days at a time. In addition, a number of videos posted to her private YouTube channel were also filmed at the mansion.

As expected, Cullors says the criticism of the real estate purchases is due to “racist and sexist attacks” against her and the BLM movement.

Cullors also claims that filing the required paperwork through the IRS makes her feel “triggered” and believes it is “unsafe” that charities are required to disclose their finances to the public.

“This doesn’t seem safe for us, this 990 structure—this nonprofit system structure,” Cullors said. “This is, like, deeply unsafe. This is being literally weaponized against us, against the people we work with.”

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For more on Black Lives Matter and their unhinged supporters in leftist media, below is a story we just wrote about MSNBC’s Tiffany Cross getting their real estate woes completely wrong.

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When it comes to having the most out-of-touch, inept, and clueless conga line of left-wing loons, it’s hard to beat Comcast’s cable trainwreck, otherwise known as MSNBC.

That network employs a host of insufferable wingnuts, such as Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Rachel Maddow, and Nicolle Wallace. However when it comes to completely unhinged lunatics, it’s hard to beat Joy Reid and Tiffany Cross.

This past weekend, Cross, who would seem to be better served as a barista at Starbucks, took to her morning show, watched by dozens, to come to the rescue of Black Lives Matter.

Cross claimed that the “story” about alleged tax fraud and misuse of funds donated by people with white guilt and corporate executives fearful of being shaken down was a product of the “right.”

Cross seemed to completely disregard that the story wasn’t broken by Breitbart or Fox News. Rather it was a product of New York Magazine, a pretty far-left publication. All conservative outlets have done is cover the story, Newsbusters reported. In addition, the investigative reporter who wrote the piece—Sean Kevin Campbell—is black and not a black conservative.

Of course facts and MSNBC anchors are about as detached as oil and water, and Cross didn’t miss a beat.

“This story, that Black Lives Matter organization spent $6 million on what they call a creator’s house, and of course the right has taken that and run with it. As we see black bodies continue to be harmed. They’d rather talk about that.”

Cross is correct about black bodies being “harmed.” She simply ignores the fact that black bodies are being “harmed” primarily by other blacks.

Cross was interviewing one of the self-proclaimed “trained Marxists” who founded BLM, Alicia Garza, who believes that there is a “bigger context” to the so-called “attacks” on BLM.

“…there’s a bigger context here for a lot of us to understand in relationship to some of these stories and attacks that we see on the movement. While Patrisse was a leader in the Black Lives Matter Global Network as an organization has certainly been at the center of some of these stories, this is actually intended to do two things as it relates to the popularity and effectiveness of this movement. It’s intended to discredit this movement, and delegitimize this movement.”

Garza continued, “…and if we’re able to do that, right, then we’re able to do what the right has been trying to do for a long time. They’ve been trying to unravel a lot of the victories that we’ve won over the past two decades.”

That was when Cross took to her role as “defense” attorney for BLM, as expected and claimed the “right” took the fact that BLM spent $6 million on a house in LA and “had taken that and run with it.”

“Right. And I want to say, I see our lower-third saying it was a secret house. I’m not sure how secret it was. I think organizations sometimes, people, you know—depends on who you have running them—don’t always know how to properly file paperwork,” Cross said, apparently defending the fact that BLM has had some “issues” with filing paperwork. “One of my challenges around this story was just shoddy journalism, the way the story was written. You’re a journalist, you’ve done, you know, reporting like this, I wonder how much research went into this, quite frankly.”

[…]

“If you’re so quick to hop off the bandwagon at this point, I wonder: were you ever really down with Black Lives Matter in the first place? Were you looking for an excuse to escape? I have to say, there were two NPR reporters, Alicia and I talked about this a little bit, who apologized because: we just have to apologize to the Black Lives Matter movement as the story came out. They happened to be two black reporters.

“Now, Alicia and I were wondering: you’re apologizing on behalf of whom, and to who, and who asked you? How are you in a position to apologize on anything?

“So this story should not overshadow the fact that black bodies continue to be harmed, and fall.”

As a point of information, there was a 43% increase in murders of black Americans in 2020 compared to the prior 10-year average, according to Fox News.

Fox noted that based on FBI statistics, 7,484 blacks were murdered in 2019, while 9,941 were killed in 2020, an increase of 2,457 victims. Although blacks make up 13% of the US population, they account for an overwhelming majority of murder victims and perpetrators, the New York Post reported.

What exactly is Black Lives Matter doing again?

Cross’s statement poo-poohing the statement that it was a “secret” house also shows her complete and utter ignorance. Campbell actually laid out exactly how the purchase of the $6 million house came about, and it did seem a bit “cloak and dagger:’’

“A man named Dyane Pascall purchased the seven-bedroom house that would become known as Campus…Within a week, Pascall transferred ownership of the house to an LLC established in Delaware by the law firm Perkins Coie. The maneuver ensured that the ultimate identity of the property’s new owner was not disclosed to the public.”

If Perkins Coie sounds familiar, that is the law firm up to its eyeballs in the Russia collusion hoax the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee hatched. It comes as no surprise that they’re involved with a shady organization such as BLM.

Tiffany Cross can try to spin this all she wants, but it just makes her look like more of a partisan hack than usual. And that’s saying something.

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NEW YORK, NY – While some police departments across the nation were awarding turkeys instead of tickets for minor traffic infractions, MSNBC commentator Joy Reid was having none of it, claiming the incidents were “traumatizing.”

In several cities in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, various police departments handed out frozen turkeys as a surprise gift to unsuspecting motorists who were pulled over for minor traffic offenses.

For example, in Winston, Oregon, Chief of Police Brandon Sarti came up with the notion after browsing on Facebook, and he bought several turkeys for his officers to hand out.

Telling KCBY News that “this is a way to give back to a community that supports law enforcement,” he added:

“I wanted to reward good behavior, but I also wanted to make sure that when we’re stopping vehicles, we’re doing the legal stop.”

Sarti continued:

“So, when we find a violation that’s a minor violation but if all their paperwork and everything is in order, then we shed out the turkey for them.”

Also for example, in Mesa, Arizona, Officer Jason Flam of the Mesa Police Department enjoyed surprising motorists with the department’s first “Turkeys not Tickets” experience.

Fox 10 News reported that the program was proposed by a Mesa Police commander “as another way to connect with the community,” and that it was a “timely, delicious, and very well-received idea.”

One motorist commented to Fox:

“I think it’s a nice gesture.  I was totally surprised.”

Officer Flam noted to Fox that some stops actually became emotional ones.  He said:

“One lady with this infectious laugh just started laughing, but the tears were coming down, and then this other gentleman just put his head down and and the tears just – I don’t think they could afford the turkey, so it worked out really good.”

Pleasantly surprised motorist Mike Ormerod commented:

“In fact I was just on my way to Costco to pick up some Thanksgiving fixins, so this saved me a few bucks.”

He continued:

“I think it’s a great idea.  I was telling the officer there that I think in the past few years police officers in general have gotten a pretty bad rap, and they have a tough job, and I think it’s important they get recognized for putting it out there every day.”

These “very well-received” gestures evidently did not sit well with MSNBC correspondent Joy Reid, who took to Twitter to voice her displeasure.

Linking to a Fox News article on the “Turkeys not Tickets” program in Arizona, Reid declared:

“Please stop doing this, officers, especially to Black people.

“It’s traumatizing, given the history of what happens to us in traffic stops.”

Reid continued by implying that people who could afford cars should not receive free turkeys, saying:

“And if someone is driving a car (in one of these cases to COSTCO, which requires a membership fee) they can buy a turkey.

“End of TED Talk.”

Many of Reid’s followers agreed with her.

One wrote:

“it’s very terrifying when many of us are pulled over and targeted for nothing. Damn the turkey, go to a community center if they want to do a giveaway. This ain’t it!”

Another Twitter user said:

“ If they wanted to give out free turkeys, there’s better ways than pulling people over. Set up a table in a park somewhere. Donate them to a food bank. A homeless shelter.

“‘Sorry for traumatizing your community for money and kicks. Here’s a bird you didn’t ask for. Friends?’”

Others, however, took Reid to task over her objection.

Former newscaster George Brown wrote:

“So you think low income people, or people having a touch (sic) time, don’t have cars?

“Bigotry of low expectations I guess. How ridiculous.

“Costco has a fee, but you get money back and big savings. You probably have never been though.”

Another Twitter user posted:

“So a damned if they do, damned if they don’t. LE is here trying to make an honest community service, doing a kind gesture to try and change public perception and they still get ridiculed by you and your followers.”

In a Mesa Police Department video, embedded below, it is quite clear that Mesa, AZ motorists of all demographics would disagree with Reid’s take on the “Turkeys not Tickets” interactions.

 

The police officers were greeted with smiles as well as grateful tears, and expressions of appreciation:

“Thank you for protecting us.  May God watch over you and protect you for protecting us.”

“This was a huge shock, and I’m just very thankful for the police force, and I don’t think the police force gets enough credit for all that they do.  Regardless of pulling me over or not, I’m very grateful for them out here.”

“Thank you for serving our community.  You guys are doing a great job.  And keep doing what you’re doing.”


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