National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) on Friday filed Complaints with the Internal Revenue Service and the California Attorney General against a nonprofit called Dignity and Power Now, founded by Patrisse Cullors, who is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter.
NLPC submitted documents showing that Dignity and Power Now was provided $100,000 by the Resnick Foundation and $125,000 by the California Initiative in 2016. Yet, the nonprofit filed a post card return used by groups that raise less than $50,000 per year. The group also apparently failed to disclose the contributions to California Attorney General, as required.
Click here for a New York Post story by Isabel Vincent. From the article:
“The obvious question is what happened to the money,” said NLPC chairman Peter Flaherty. “Given these circumstances, we believe that an audit is in order.
Dignity and Power Now purports to speak in the name of the … Read More ➡
6/2/21- Paul Kamenar, Counsel to the National Legal and Policy Center, is interviewed by John Hines on One America News Network. They discuss the resignation of Patrisse Cullors from the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. Cullors finances, including the ownership of four homes, have become the subject of controversy in recent days.… Read More ➡
6/1/21- NLPC Counsel Paul Kamenar is interviewed on America’s Voice about the resignation of Patrisse Cullors from the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. Cullors resigned in the wake of reports that she owns four homes.… Read More ➡
Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors has apparently been forced out of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF) in the wake of controversy over her finances.
The April 10 New York Poststory about Cullors owning four homes was followed by additional reports of cozy financial relationships with “nonprofit” groups she founded.
Although there are a number of groups that have Black Lives Matter in their names, BLMGNF has been the main recipient of corporate funds, totaling some $90 million. This has prompted tensions within the movement with some questioning where all the money is going.
About the articles, Cullors said, “Those were right-wing attacks that tried to discredit my character, and I don’t operate off of what the right thinks about me.”… Read More ➡
Black Lives Matter PAC, which was founded and led by activist Patrisse Cullors, paid an art company run by the father of her only child nearly $150,000 to co-produce live election coverage, campaign and social media records show. Industry experts said it should have cost a fraction of that price.
From the same article:
“Besides paying Trap Heals almost $150,000 to produce an unprofessional video that high school students would be embarrassed to produce, the excessive payments by Cullors to Trap Heals that she co-chairs with the father of her child raises serious questions whether political contributions to BLM PAC were not only misspent but also enriched her personally,” said Paul Kamenar, counsel to the conservative watchdog group National Legal and Policy Center.
“NLPC filed a complaint last year with the Federal Election Commission against Representative Ilhan Omar for paying … Read More ➡
Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors was identified in a press release as co-chair of an art company that has profited from several activist groups that call Cullors a co-founder and leader, which charity experts say amounts to self-dealing and raises ethical and legal questions.
Black Lives Matter (BLM) Global Network Foundation, BLM PAC and Reform LA Jails — three activist groups Cullors claims to have co-founded and led — have provided business to the art company… Trap Heals was founded and run by Damon Turner, the father of Cullors’ only child, the DCNF found.
Also from the article:
Paul Kamenar, the counsel for the conservative watchdog group National Legal and Policy Center, said BLM Global Network’s dealings with Trap Heals raises questions given that the organization’s bylaws, which the group provided to the New Mexico office of … Read More ➡
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm promised during her confirmation process that she would divest her stock ownership in the electric bus and battery maker Proterra, Inc.
Granholm hasn’t abided by her agreement to divest yet President Biden recently gave a promotional virtual tour of Proterra’s facilities opening the door to Granholm making a windfall when Proterra goes public in a matter of weeks.
Senator John Barrasso is asking the Energy Department Inspector General to investigate the potentially lucrative arrangement for Granholm.
Secretary Granholm submitted a U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Committee) Statement for Completion by Presidential Nominees (Committee Questionnaire), which she signed on January 21, 2021. She responded “Yes” to the following question: “Have you taken appropriate action to avoid any conflict of interest or any appearance of a conflict interest?”
You wouldn’t know it from the headlines but the Oversight Board found:
“It was not appropriate for Facebook to impose the indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension.”
“Facebook did not follow a clear published procedure in this case.”
“It is not permissible for Facebook to keep a user off the platform for an undefined period, with no criteria for when or whether the account will be restored.”
“Facebook refused to answer several questions related to Trump’s news feed visibility.”
The Board rejected “Facebook’s request for it to endorse indefinite restrictions, imposed and lifted without clear criteria.”
It also found “Appropriate limits on discretionary powers are crucial to distinguish the legitimate use of discretion from possible scenarios around the world in which Facebook may unduly silence speech not linked to harm or delay action critical to protecting people.”
NLPC Chairman Peter Flaherty has an op-ed on Real Clear Markets critical of Nasdaq’s proposed “diversity” rule for boards of companies listed on the exchange. From the piece:
If there is merit in diversifying the composition of America’s corporate boards, it’s highly doubtful that Nasdaq’s imperious, paint-by-numbers approach is the best way to achieve it. That’s because, for all of their frantic virtue-signaling on the subject, when Nasdaq speaks of “diversity” what they obviously envision is a group of people with essentially cosmetic differences in race, gender and sexual orientation who will, nonetheless, all think and act in the same way.
Click here to read the entire piece on Real Clear Markets.
Earlier, NLPC Counsel Paul Kamenar argued in a public comment filed in January with the SEC that the diversity rule will impose arbitrary racial and gender quotas without showing a compelling governmental interest, and … Read More ➡
Philanthropists linked to Facebook, Twitter and Netflix have donated more than $7.5 million to a host of non-profits controlled by Khan-Cullors, who has helped them lobby for “net neutrality.”
From the article:
“Is Black Lives Matter for rent?” said Peter Flaherty, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center. “Charities are not supposed to be vehicles for corporate lobbying, particularly on matters outside the charity’s mission.”
Click here to read the whole story in the New York Post.