Turns out, Big Tech was a big contributor to the Black Lives Matter movement behind the scourge of violence that swept the nation in 2020 following the death of George Floyd.
While the Black Lives Matter movement has proven to be little more than a grift befitting those at the very top, according to a number of expensive real estate buys, Fox News reported Thursday that a dark money nonprofit chaired by co-founder Patrisse Cullors received millions of dollars from “a secretive fund used by Silicon Valley tech giants.”
“Cullors’ nonprofit, Dignity and Power Now, pulled in $4.2 million in undisclosed contributions in 2020, its most recent tax forms show. But while the group does not identify its financial backers, Fox News has discovered $2.5 million of that amount was funneled through the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and into the BLM activist’s social justice nonprofit,” the network reported.
The nonprofit does not make its donors public, but Fox News said it combed through dozens of 990 tax forms of charitable foundations and found $2.5 million in Silicon Valley contributions, making up “nearly 60% of its 2020 fundraising haul.”
“There is nothing ‘dark’ or non-transparent about money Fox was so easily able to identify the source and documentation for,” Mark-Anthony Clayton-Johnson, Dignity and Power Now’s executive director told Fox News.
“When we choose to accept philanthropic dollars, it is grounded in the commitment and reality that we move resources directly towards improving the lives of Black and Brown communities whom we serve and are accountable to,” Clayton-Johnson explained. “Our impact and work speaks for itself and we are proud to continue doing it.”
He also issued a threat, “If what you publish contains falsehoods and distortions, we will respond accordingly.”
Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey have all “parked money” in the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the article noted. Having received $2.1 billion in contributions in 2020, according to its tax forms, it’s one of the largest funds in the United States.
The foundation was in the news earlier this year when its leaders were accused of having established a “toxic” work environment, including bullying and sexual harassment of subordinates, according to Mercury News.
A shake-up of leadership occurred as a result.
“The leaders ousted for fostering a toxic workplace at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation walked away with tens of thousands of dollars in severance pay, tax filings show, revealing the cost of a scandal that rocked the nation’s largest charitable organization of its kind,” the paper reported. “Former CEO Emmett Carson received $307,692 in severance payments while top fundraiser Mari Ellen Loijens — the central figure in the April 2018 uproar — took home $77,875, the foundation’s 2018 tax forms show.”
Dustin Moskovitz, the billionaire co-founder of Facebook, and his wife Cari Tuna are “among the biggest donors to groups controlled by Khan-Cullors,” the New York Post reported, stating that more than $5.5 million was contributed between 2017 and 2020 through their Open Philanthropy and Good Ventures non-profits.
More from Fox News on the philanthropist couple:
Moskovitz and Tuna have been ardent financial backers of left-wing social justice groups. Tuna has bankrolled Black Lives Matters activist Shaun King’s Real Justice PAC, which has also paid Cullors’ consulting firm $78,000 for management and strategy services, Federal Election Commission records show.
Moskovtiz’s donations received attention after Facebook moved to censor critical stories on Cullors’ $3.2 million real-estate buying binge, which included the BLM leader scooping up four homes. Cullors also allegedly eyed property in the Bahamas at a ritzy resort where Justin Timberlake and Tiger Woods own homes.
Additionally, Patricia Ann Quillin, the wife of Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings, contributed $250,000 to Reform LA Jails in 2020.
Cullors, who gave up her leadership role with BLM in May 2021 after attention was drawn to several real estate purchases, was just in the news regarding the purchase of a $6 million Los Angeles mansion bought through a non-profit she co-founded, the Black Lives Matter Global Foundation.
Last month, Cullors called the IRS laws requiring groups to file Form 990s, or tax forms, “triggering.”
“It is such a trip now to hear the term ‘990,’” she said. “I’m, like, ugh. It’s, like, triggering.”
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