Patrisse Cullors, one of the original co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, was found to be responsible for another extravagant spending spree on behalf of another organization that she leads, according to the Daily Caller.
Campaign finance records show that the group “Reform LA Jails,” founded and led by Cullors, spent almost $26,000 on multiple “meetings” at a luxurious beachside resort in Malibu, California. The various “meetings and appearances,” according to the records, took place at the Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club between July and September of 2019. Approximately $10,000 was spent for a trip to the Beach Club, with another nearly $16,000 spent at the Malibu Conference Center, a conference facility that is run by the same resort.
The payments were made on the group’s behalf by a consulting firm that happens to be owned by Asha Bandele, who co-authored Cullors’ 2018 memoir, When They Call You a Terrorist. Bandele had previously been paid over $260,000 in consulting fees by Reform LA Jails in 2019, which made up 18 percent of the group’s overall expenditures that year.
It is possible that the payments for the Malibu trip may have violated the law. As the California Fair Political Practices Commission dictates, campaign funds spent by political groups such as Reform LA Jails can only be “used for political, legislative, or governmental purposes.” However, there were no public records of the group holding any events at the Malibu beach club, even though there were public records of previous similar outings such as a party at Jane Fonda’s house.
Cullors has already come under fire from across the political spectrum after it was revealed that she had spent a collective total of nearly $3 million on four different luxury homes across the country since 2016, with three being located in California and one being in Georgia. Cullors, along with her wife Janaya Khan, had also been spotted touring properties in the Bahamas.