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Washington Examiner

EXCLUSIVE — The embattled national Black Lives Matter group used its charitable resources to solicit funds for its affiliated political action committee Tuesday, a move one expert called a "clear violation" of IRS charity rules.

The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, the charity that represents the national BLM movement, voluntarily shut down its ability to raise money Feb. 2 following a Washington Examiner investigation into its lack of financial transparency that prompted multiple states to issue demands to the group to cease its fundraising activities.

 

Since then, BLM had refrained from using its email list to solicit contributions — until Tuesday, when it sent a message to its supporters that was signed "Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation" and contained what appeared at first glance to be a donation button to support the charity.

 

When clicked, however, the donation button sends supporters to a fundraising page for Black Lives Matter PAC, BLM's affiliated political group that has worked to elect Democrats across the country since its launch in October 2020.

"BLM PAC is preparing for the most critical midterm election yet. Every single race is an opportunity to build Black political power," the fundraising page linked in BLM's charitable email states. "If you're ready to continue the electoral fight for Black lives, chip in to our efforts and start building for the 2022 midterms."

Paul Kamenar, an attorney for conservative watchdog group the National Legal and Policy Center, told the Washington Examiner that BLM's use of charitable resources to solicit funds for overtly political activities "appears to be a clear violation of the IRS rules prohibiting charities from soliciting contributions to a political action committee.":snip:

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BLM’s LA mansion sold for 250 percent more than the price of similar homes in the area

Isabel Vincent

April 6, 2022

The $6 million Los Angeles mansion purchased by the country’s top Black Lives Matter group sold for 250 percent more than the price of similar properties in its Studio City neighborhood, and went for $2.7 million more than property records show.

Records state that the property initially sold for $3.1 million in October 2020, but by the time it was transferred to a shell company controlled by Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation days later, the price had increased to $5.8 million.

It’s unclear what caused the discrepancy. A spokesman for BLMGNF could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

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BLMGNF paid in cash for the mansion, which is divided into two parcels.

The house was purchased by Dyane Pascall, a real estate developer who worked for Janaya and Patrisse Consulting, a for-profit firm run by BLMGNF co-founder Patrisse Cullors and her partner Janaya Khan.

On October 21, 2020, property records show that Pascall bought the mansion from televangelists Shawn and Cherie Bolz. The sale price for both parcels of land was $3.1 million, Shawn Bolz told The Post Tuesday.

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