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FIRST ON FOX: Black Lives Matter’ reported purchase of a $6 million California mansion with charitable donations is expected to trigger a Justice Department investigation into the politically powerful nonprofit, California Rep. Darrell Issa has said. at Fox News Digital.
The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, the national arm of the BLM movement, has come under increasing scrutiny for its handling of the tens of millions of dollars it has received in donations.
New York Magazine revealed this week that BLM secretly bought a $6 million mansion – which the group’s executives would call “Campus” – and never disclosed it to the public. When the magazine inquired about the house, BLM reportedly circulated a memo discussing the possibility of trying to “kill” the story.
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Issa says it’s time for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to open an investigation.
“The troubling information we are learning is more than enough to warrant a DOJ investigation — and arguably not the end of all there is to know,” Issa told Fox News Digital.
“It certainly has the suggestion of embezzlement of charitable funds and abuse of our nonprofit laws.”
The California home purchase was separate from a 2021 transaction in which BLM transferred money to a Canadian nonprofit — run by the wife of BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors — to purchase a home from $3 million.
Cullors attacked NYMag for its reporting in a statement she posted to Instagram on Tuesday.
“Yesterday’s article in New York Magazine is a despicable abuse of a platform intended to provide truthful information to the public,” she said. “Journalism is supposed to mitigate the damage and inform our communities.”
“That a reputable publication would allow a reporter, with a proven and very public bias against me and other black leaders, to write an article filled with misinformation, innuendo and inflammatory opinion, is disheartening. and unacceptable,” she added.
Cullors, who abruptly resigned from BLM in May 2021 amid increasing scrutiny of the group’s finances, has previously been criticized for living an opulent lifestyle that includes millions of dollars in personal property purchases .
BLM did not immediately return Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
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