California and Washington have an obligation to investigate ‘gross’ BLM violations, watchdog charges in legal complaints | News
Jhe attorneys general of California and Washington have the obligation to investigate and sanction Black Lives Matter for his “flagrant” violations of state law, according to a pair of legal complaints filed Friday by a conservative watchdog group.
the Washington Examiner investigation in the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, the legal entity that represents the national BLM movement, which exposed the charity’s lack of financial transparency regarding its $60 million bankroll and its refusal to disclose who has been at the helm of the group since then. May, is widely cited in both complaints. filed with liberal state attorneys general on Friday by the National Legal and Policy Center.
“The complete lack of transparency and accountability for such a visible and well-funded organization is alarming and rightly criticized by black leaders at the grassroots level,” the complaints state. “It is incumbent on the Attorney General to launch a full investigation into [Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation’s] finance and governance and to impose appropriate fines and sanctions, including possible criminal prosecution.”
California and Washington both warned BLM in January to stop soliciting contributions from citizens in their states until the group provides information on its finances in 2020, the year in which the group raised funds. million during the nationwide social unrest following the murder of George Floyd. . But the charity continued to solicit contributions from citizens of both states despite warnings, the Washington Examiner previously reported.
BLM said it voluntarily shut down its online fundraising operations while it worked with a compliance attorney to get back into good standing with the states, but NLPC attorney Paul Kamenar said the damage had already been done.
“Although it appears that the BLMGNF has finally ended its illegal fundraising activities, it is still responsible for its past gross violations,” Kamenar said in a statement.
“Our formal complaints filed today with the attorneys general of California and Washington, who ordered the group to cease its fundraising, demand a full investigation and audit of this group, and possible criminal sanctions,” said he added.
BLM is also non-compliant in Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina and Virginia due to its failure to report its 2020 finances, which were required to be remitted to the IRS. November 15.
Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita previously said the Washington Examiner that BLM’s refusal to answer basic questions about its finances fits a common and disturbing pattern.
“It seems like the house of cards is falling, and that eventually happens with almost every scam, scheme, or illegal business,” Rokita, a Republican, said in an interview. “I see patterns that scams adopt universally: failure to provide board members, failure to provide even executive directors, failure to make your documents available. All of this leads to suspicion.”
Rokita said he would not confirm or deny whether his office was investigating BLM, but he said the Washington Examiner reports about the group “certainly worry us”.
BLM did not return a request for comment.
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