Black Lives Matter has turned to Hillary Clinton’s controversial campaign attorney – the operative who commissioned the notorious Steele Dossier – to sort out the nonprofit’s dodgy finances.
Newly released tax documents for Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Inc., reveal that Marc Elias, 53, came on board earlier this month.
On Feb. 11, Elias’ Washington-based election law firm filed 2020 tax documents for BLMGNF, which claim the group received no donations or awarded grants despite more than $65 million in dollars that year.
Additionally, BLMGNF changed their filing period from calendar year to fiscal year, which means they only have to file accounts for the first six months of 2020, and likely have another year to file. file their return for the remainder of 2020.
The accounting decision was not well received by critics from charities and other campaigners who demanded more accountability from BLMGNF over its finances.
“Taking advantage of filing extensions and changing its fiscal year already leaves the public in the dark about what happened to more than $60 million in funds intended to advance social justice causes,” Laurie Styron, executive director of Charity Watch, which assesses nonprofits across the country, The Post told Thursday. “It would be interesting to understand if this change of exercise was a good faith effort on the part of whoever is in charge to better manage his operations and his human resources, or if it was rather a delaying tactic. to save more time.
Elias served as general counsel for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and hired Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm that created a bogus document accusing Donald Trump of colluding with Russian agents during his presidential run. He also runs Democracy Docket, “a progressive media platform” that champions voting rights and sells branded merchandise on its website.
Elias, who was penalized for ‘lack of candor’ in a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decision, founded election law firm Elias Law Group in August after leaving the firm of Perkins Coie lawyers. He vigorously challenged the March 2021 sanctions, which came during his representation of Texas Democrats in a ballot case, and the decision is currently under appeal.
Calls and emails to Elias and BLMGNF were not returned this week.
In addition to Elias, BLMGNF added Minyon Moore, a Democratic Party operative who was on the Biden/Harris transition team and served as White House director of political affairs under President Bill Clinton.
BLMGNF took money in October 2020 from Thousand Currents, a charity that manages finances for grassroots nonprofits, according to documents filed with the California attorney general. Attorneys general in Washington and California, where BLMGNF is based, had ordered the group to stop fundraising until they disclosed their donations. The California Department of Justice had warned the leaders of the group that they would be “personally responsible” if their donations were not disclosed.
The BLMGNF had come under fire in recent months for not reporting its donations, with the states of Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina and Virginia revoking their registrations of donations. charities due to a lack of financial transparency.
Tory Johnson, a California-based civil rights activist, said he split from the BLMGNF and started his own Black Lives Matter chapter in Huntington Beach due to questions about BLMGNF finances.
“They hurt our brand,” Johnson told the Post. “They’re going to get audited eventually.”
BLMGNF has been leaderless since co-founder Patrisse Cullors stepped down last year – a month after The Post revealed she had gone on a property-buying spree in California and Georgia. Cullors strenuously denied that the funds for the more than $3 million in property purchases came from the movement. On February 11, the group listed an address in Oakland, Calif., as its office in its filings with the California attorney general, but the phone number listed on the form is out of service.
When she resigned, Cullors handed the top job to activists Monifa Bandele and Makani Themba, who later published A declaration saying they “did not have the opportunity to serve in that capacity”.
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