According to the NY post The Black Lives Matter organization ended last year with a nearly $9 million deficit — while still paying out millions to organizers as well as relatives of controversial co-founder Patrisse Cullors.
Tax documents posted online show that BLM’s Global Network Foundation ended the financial year in the red to the tune of $8,559,748.
The filings show that the nonprofit recorded revenue of $8.5 million — roughly half of the more than $17 million it spent.
That deficit is made even more extreme given that the previous year, it actually increased its piggybank, earning nearly $42 million after expenses.
The financial hit also left the group with $30 million in assets, down nearly $11.75 million from where it started the financial year.
That means it has spent two-thirds of the $90 million it raised, which Cullors — who quit over earlier financial scandals highlighted by The Post — previously dismissed as “white guilt money.”
Despite the crunch, millions of dollars were paid to companies with close ties to the group — including one owned by Shalomyah Bowers, who replaced Cullors when she quit.
An independent auditors’ review of the previous two years, also posted online, showed that Bowers’ company was paid a staggering $1.69 million “for management and consulting services.”
A sister organization, Black Lives Matter Grassroots, previously accused Bowers of “blazing a path of irreparable harm to BLM” and “siphoning” millions to his firm.
“Instead of using the donations for its intended purposes, Mr. Bowers diverted these donations to his own coffers,” the group claimed in a lawsuit.
Board member Danielle Edwards also owned a firm “which was paid $1,063,500 for consulting services,” the auditors’ review said.
Cullors’ graffiti-artist brother, Paul Cullors, was the only current salaried employee last year, getting nearly $125,000, with $15,000 in “other compensation” for unspecified security.
But his security firm, Black Ties LLC, was paid way more handsomely, getting $756,330, similar to what it was paid the previous financial year.
The auditors’ review noted: “A sibling of the former Executive Director owned a security and protection company, which was paid $1,602,185 for security services.”
The documents, shared by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, were first revealed by the Washington Free Beacon.
“While Patrisse Cullors was forced to resign due to charges of using BLM’s funds for her personal use, it looks like she’s still keeping it all in the family,” Paul Kamenar, an attorney for the National Legal and Policy Center watchdog group, told the Free Beacon.
BLM also agreed to pay $600,000 to an unidentified former board member’s consulting firm “in connection with a contract dispute,” the Free Beacon noted.
Former managing director Kaileee Scales got the only other listed salary, nearly $115,000, for what was listed as an ongoing severance payment.
The five listed board members — including Bowers, Edwards and current leader Cicley Gay — also reported getting no income from the group.
The Free Beacon noted how there was no mention of any payments to Cullors’ baby daddy Damon Turner or his company, Trap Heals, which was paid $969,000 in 2021.
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