Black Lives Matter (BLM) co-founder Patrisse Cullors apparently spread the charity’s funds around to family members, according to tax documents filed with the IRS, with her brother and child’s father both benefiting from cash payments in return for various services.
The tax documents reveal that the Marxist revolutionary organization paid a company owned by Damon Turner, the father of Cullors’ child, nearly $970,000 to help “produce live events” and provide other “creative services.”
The co-founder’s brother Paul Cullors received more than $840,000 for providing security services to the foundation, helping to make him one of the two highest-compensated employees.
Even after spending more than $37 million on grants, real estate, consultants, and other expenses, the foundation is still worth tens of millions of dollars. BLM ended its last fiscal year – from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 – at nearly $42 million in net assets. The foundation’s operating budget is about $4 million.
The new filing also shows that Patrisse Cullors, who now owns multiple homes and resigned last year amid controversy about the charity’s finances, reimbursed BLM $73,523 for a charter flight for foundation-related travel, which the organization says she took in 2021 out of concern for COVID-19 and security threats.
Fomenting revolution against the capitalist power structure seems like a pretty lucrative gig.