Burn a bunch of cities, that’s fine. But don’t file your paperwork and that’s crossing the line.
Obviously, all of this is egregious and there are tens of millions of dollars in play here, but I wouldn’t have thought that California’s one-party ruling elite would actually come down on the Black Lives Matter Global Network for anything short of… well anything.
But failing to file paperwork is still the greatest crime in a great bureaucracy.
The California Department of Justice has threatened to hold the leaders of Black Lives Matter personally liable if they fail to fork over information about the charity’s $60 million bankroll within the next 60 days, according to a letter obtained by the Washington Examiner.
“The organization BLACK LIVES MATTER GLOBAL NETWORK FOUNDATION, INC. is delinquent with The Registry of Charitable Trusts for failing to submit required annual report(s),” reads the letter, dated Jan. 31.
BLM is also prohibited from “soliciting or disbursing charitable funds” in California until it submits its 2020 Form 990 and other financial records to the state, the California DOJ informed the charity Monday. The letter added that the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, the legal entity that represents the national BLM movement, faces fines for “each month or partial month for which the report(s) are delinquent.”
“Charitable assets cannot be used to pay these avoidable costs,” the California DOJ warned BLM. “Accordingly, directors, trustees, officers and return preparers responsible for failure to timely file the above-described report(s) are personally liable for payment of all penalties, interest and other costs incurred to restore exempt status.”
Exactly who would even be on the hook for any of this might be a subject of debate since there’s apparently no functional leadership. Which means the organization is starting to look like a hot potato with a lot of money. That’s not a good place to be.
Beyond the Washington Examiner, concerns leaked into the mainstream media with a New York Mag story.
In 2016, the Black Lives Matter founders partnered with a sponsor now called Thousand Currents, and its official filings give a window into BLM fund-raising over the years. Thousand Currents’ revenue increased dramatically after taking on the organization, from $1.7 million in the year ending June 2015 to $6.6 million a year later. In the fiscal year concluding just after Floyd’s 2020 murder, revenue shot up to $86.9 million. At one point, BLM agreed to pay Thousand Currents 15 percent of all funds raised. The typical industry rate is between 5 and 10 percent, according to Candid, an information service that reports on nonprofits.
Which suggests that BLM money was financing Thousand Currents.
After the 2020 surge in donations, BLMGNF switched fiscal sponsors to a division of the Tides Foundation, a larger organization that says its fee is 9 percent of revenue and less for groups with contributions exceeding $1 million.
The Tides Center is more infamous. And is Soros backed.
Melina Abdullah, a vile bigot at the center of the LA activist world, also makes an appearance.
Melina Abdullah — a co-founder of Black Lives Matter L.A. and a co-director of BLM Grassroots, a tier of officially recognized chapters — stood next to Simpson and gave a passionate speech calling on people to donate $5,000 to help pay for Risher’s funeral. “The last thing a grieving mother needs to be thinking about is how she is going to pay for her son’s funeral,” Abdullah said. “To even speak those words is a trauma every single time.”
Simpson says she never received any funeral money from the organization.
What a shock.
It’s also no longer clear how many chapters Black Lives Matter has, official or otherwise. In the fall of 2020, as the group of ten chapters prepared to issue its call for greater transparency in November 2020, all chapter names were removed from the Black Lives Matter website.
So there’s no longer a functional organization or affiliated chapters. So what is BLM exactly? Besides a receptacle for a lot of money.