Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors “funneled business” toward a company run by a man named Damon Turner, who is reportedly the father of her only child, according to Daily Caller investigative journalist Andrew Kerr.
Turner founded the company, Trap Heals, days before “partnering with Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation,” according to Kerr.
The company later served as the “lead developer of the art & cultural efforts” for BLM.
Kerr, citing campaign finance records, reports that “two other activist groups Cullors led” paid Turner’s company a total of $238,000 for consulting services and work on an election night live stream event.
“In numerous public mentions of their work, Cullors and Turner did not disclose that they had a child together,” Kerr reports.
Laurie Styron, head of the watchdog group CharityWatch, told Kerr that leaders of nonprofit organizations, such as Cullors, should avoid hiring firms led by people with whom they have a “personal relationship.”
“To maintain public trust, it is vital that leaders not only avoid any impropriety in practice, but also avoid the appearance of it,” Styron said.
“In other words, even if the consultant or vendor hired is the best one for the job, if that vendor has a personal relationship with the leader who hired them, additional steps should be taken to prove to the public that this arrangement is in the best interest of the charity and was made at arm’s length.”
In the wake of the reports, Black Lives Matter Greater New York leader Hawk Newsome, who is not affiliated with Cullors’ organization, called for an investigation into Cullors’ organization’s finances.
“If you go around calling yourself a socialist, you have to ask how much of her own personal money is going to charitable causes,” Newsome told the New York Post, referring to Cullors once describing herself and BLM activists as ‘trained Marxists.’
“It’s really sad because it makes people doubt the validity of the movement and overlook the fact that it’s the people that carry this movement,” Newsome said.
Newsome said that “black firms and black accountants” need to audit BLM Global Network Foundation’s finances and “find out where the money is going.”
Local BLM chapters have also criticized the movement’s leaders. They said in November that they have received little financial support from the central organization and that the leaders have not been transparent about the tens of millions the group has raised since it was founded in 2013 and how that money was being spent.
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