A jail reform activist group founded by the ‘Marxist’ leader of the Black Lives Matter movement spent $26,000 for meetings and ‘appearances’ at a luxury Malibu resort.
Reform LA Jails, chaired by BLM founder Patrisse Cullors, paid $10,179 for ‘meetings and appearances’ at the Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club, and a further $15,593 at the Malibu Conference Center, which is owned by the resort, between July and September 2019.
A single night in a two-bedroom ‘cozy ranch chic’ suite in July costs $1,200, and guests at the 200-acre resort have access to a private five acre beach on the Malibu coast.
After the spending was revealed by the Daily Caller, former Fox host Megyn Kelly Tweeted: ‘BLM must stand for… Babes Lounging in Malibu? Big Loads of Money? Blatant Lies about Marxism?’
Cullors’ extravagant lifestyle and spending habits have been in the spotlight recently.
A consulting firm co-founded by Cullors and her spouse and BLM co-founder Janaya Khan pulled in $191,000 during 2019 from Reform LA Jails.
Cullors, 37, recently came under fire after her multi-million property empire was revealed, reportedly founded the firm with her spouse and BLM co-founder Janaya Khan.
A jail reform group led by BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors (above left and right) spent $26,000 at an exclusive Malibu resort
The Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club in Malibu advertises its rooms and suites – which go for $1200 a night – as cozy ranch chic
Guests at the 200-acre resort have access to a private five acre beach in the exclusive California coastal resort
The revelations prompted a sarcastic tweet from TV star turned podcaster Megyn Kelly, who questioned Cullors’ true aims
Campaign finance records, revealed by the Daily Caller, show the Reform LA Jails Malibu retreats took place between July and September 2019.
The payments were made by a consulting firm owned by Asha Bandele, the co-author of Cullors’ autobiography: ‘When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir.’
Reform LA Jails , aka Vote Yes on R, successfully supported a 2020 ballot initiative to ‘effectively and independently investigate misconduct’ and to ‘reduce jail populations’ in LA County.
It did not immediately respond to a DailyMail.com request for comment and further details about the retreats.
Social media accounts linked to the activist group show they organized a party at Jane Fonda’s house in late 2019.
Peter Flaherty, the chairman of the conservative watchdog group National Legal and Policy Center, told the Daily Caller the campaign finance declarations raised ‘a number of questions’.
‘An audit would establish whether any campaign funds were used for personal purposes.’
Liberal activist and actress Jane Fonda hosted a party for LA Jails Reform in 2019, but no further information was available about ‘meetings’ at the Malibu resort
The $1.4 million home Patrisse Cullors purchased in the Topanga Canyon area of Los Angeles
Cullors’ Conyers residence reportedly comes complete with its own pool and airplane hangar
In addition to the Topanga Canyon property, The New York Post reports that Cullors and her husband also purchased a ‘custom ranch’ on 3.2 acres in Conyers, Georgia last year
Earlier this month, Cullors raised eyebrows when it emerged that she had spent $1.4 million on a Los Angeles property – her fourth home, and her third in the city – in an overwhelmingly white neighborhood.
Cullors had reportedly also bought two other LA homes in recent years, and paid $415,000 for a 3.2 acre property in Georgia.
Cullors issued a statement on Instagram, confirming that she does not currently receive a salary from BLM Global Network Foundation.
She said criticism of her real estate was an ‘effort to discredit and harass me and my family’.
Cullors said it was ‘harmful and scary’, noting that she regularly receives death threats.
The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, of which Cullors is a director, issued a statement saying that they had not paid for her house.
They said Cullors has been paid a total of $120,000 since the organization was founded in 2013, and said she was compensated ‘for duties such as serving as spokesperson and engaging in political education work.’
She has not been paid since 2019, the group said.
Cullors has become one of the most high-profile campaigners in the United States since founding BLM in 2013, with a best-selling memoir, a follow-up on the way, and a deal with Warner Bros to produce content.
Many commenters who replied to Kelly agreed with her suggestion that Cullors’ behavior seemed hypocritical, with the activist branded a ‘fraud’ by one tweeter.
Another claimed BLM should stand for ‘Bolsheviks, Leninists & Marxists.’
Many Twitter commenters agreed with Kelly that Cullors’ behavior seemed hypocritical
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who has an estimated net worth of $14 billion, chipped in $1.5 million last year through his #startsmall philanthropy initiative
Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz his wife Cari Tuna have given the most generously, donating more than $5.5 million from 2017 to 2020
Patricia Ann Quillin (left), the wife of Netflix billionaire Reed Hastings (right), donated $250,000 to Reform LA Jails in 2020
Others defended Cullors’ spending after it was called into question by Megyn Kelly
But others who replied to Kelly defended Cullors – and asked Kelly to turn her gaze to National Rifle Association spending, or highlighted how cash spent on meetings was standard for pricey Los Angeles.
Tech moguls who made their fortunes from Facebook, Twitter and Netflix have donated at least $7.5 million to groups tied to BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors, who has in turn publicly backed their policy goals, according to a new report.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, and Patricia Ann Quillin, the wife of Netflix’s billionaire CEO, all gave generously to Cullors’ PAC and associated charities, according to the New York Post.
Cullors for her part has strongly advocated for ‘net neutrality’, a policy that financially benefits online content providers such as Netflix and social media sites.
And the cozy relationship has even seen Facebook and Twitter censor perceived criticism of Cullors, with Facebook going so far as to block users from sharing a DailyMail.com article detailing a controversy over her expensive real estate holdings.
Of the donors named by the Post, Moskovitz his wife Cari Tuna have given the most generously, donating more than $5.5 million from 2017 to 2020, according to public records cited by the Post.
Moskovitz, 36, was one of the co-founders of Facebook. He left the company in 2008, but retained a 2 percent stake that puts his net worth at nearly $20 billion.
His donations went to Dignity and Power Now, a non-profit started by Cullors, and Reform LA Jails, a California PAC she co-founded to lobby for civilian oversight of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
Dorsey, who has an estimated net worth of $14 billion, chipped in $1.5 million last year through his #startsmall philanthropy initiative.
That money went to Black Lives Matter and The Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of activist groups founded by Cullors.
Quillin, the wife of Netflix billionaire Reed Hastings, donated $250,000 to Reform LA Jails in 2020.