According to a New York Magazine report released on Monday, the national Black Lives Matter group purchased a $6 million mansion in Los Angeles with donor funds in October 2020 and took measures to keep the purchase a secret.
The group’s purchase of the opulent home was hidden behind an LLC acquisition. According to New York Magazine, the house contains more than a half-dozen bedrooms and bathrooms, a soundstage, a pool, a bungalow, and parking for more than 20 cars.
BLM Global Network Foundation used a man with close business ties to the group’s co-founder, Patrisse Cullors, to buy the luxury mansion with the charity’s funds. The property purchase occurred two weeks after BLM received a $66.5 million cash infusion from its former fiscal sponsor, Thousand Currents.
Within a week of the purchase, ownership was transferred to an LLC in Delaware named after the property’s address, public records show.
The mansion is reportedly dubbed “Campus” in internal emails from BLM. The property has since been used by Cullors and other BLM leadership to serve as a backdrop for videos.
According to the emails obtained by New York Magazine, the property is also dubbed a “safe house” for leaders whose safety has been threatened.
BLM leadership offered a statement to New York Magazine regarding the purpose and use of the property. On April 1, Shalomyah Bowers, a BLM board member, said the house would “serve as housing and studio space for recipients of the Black Joy Creators Fellowship.”
The fellowship, announced that same day, “provides recording resources and dedicated space for Black creatives to launch content online and in real life focused on abolition, healing justice, urban agriculture and food justice, pop culture, activism, and politics.”
The news of the home’s purchase comes as the foundation continues to face federal scrutiny for the alleged misuse of donated funds. The foundation has yet to file its 990 forms with the IRS since receiving its non-profit status in late 2020.