WASHINGTON, DC (May 14, 2022)– former Clinton administration advisors are revealed to have stepped away from embattled Black Live’s Matter (BLM) board days after co-founder Patrisse Cullors’ admitted lying about not using groups $6m LA mansion for fun
- Cullors, 38, said Monday that she used the opulent Studio City compound – purchased in cash by BLM in October 2020 – for her own recreation twice
- Now, Minyon Moore and Marc Elias, two close allies of former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, have stepped down from the board of the national organization
- Moore, who worked under President Bill Clinton and worked on Hilary’s failed presidential campaigns, was announced as a board member just this February
- Elias – general counsel on Clinton’s 2016 campaign – was revealed that same month to have taken over BLM’s books and finances on behalf of his law firm
- However, on BLM’s latest registration filings submitted to Florida and Oklahoma on April 28, Moore and Elias are nowhere to be found.
A pair of Clinton family allies have left the board of Black Lives Matter just days after its co-founder Patrisse Cullors admitted to lying about not using the group’s $6million mansion for fun.
Cullors, 38, told the Associated Press Monday that she used the opulent seven-bed Studio City compound – purchased in cash by BLM in October 2020 – for a party to celebrate Joe Biden’s inauguration, and another for her son’s birthday.
And now it has been revealed that Minyon Moore and Marc Elias, two close allies of former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, have stepped down from the board of the national organization, according to the Washington Examiner.
Both were only confirmed as being on Black Lives Matter’s board on February, sparking speculation as to the reason behind their sudden departures.
No reason has been given, but BLM was plunged into yet another scandal this week after its co-founder Patrisse Cullors admitted lying about how she’d used a $6 million mansion bought with donor cash.
The same month, Elias’s legal firm Elias Law was named as having taken over BLM’s books and finances.
There was some controversy over the Moore appointment, as she had worked on President Joe Biden’s transition team and served as a ‘nomination advisor for engagement’ to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.
Meanwhile, Elias – general counsel on Clinton’s losing 2016 campaign – was revealed that same month to have taken over the organization’s books and finances on behalf of his law firm.
However, on BLM’s latest registration filings submitted to Florida and Oklahoma on April 28, Moore and Elias are nowhere to be found.
Black Lives Matter, Moore and Elias Law Firm have all either declined or not responded to requests for comment.
The first instance of Cullors holding extracurricular activities at the mansion saw her hold a party to toast Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s inauguration as president and vice president in January 2021.
Then, in March the same year, she commandeered the luxury property – whose purchase has sparked fury among other racial justice campaigners – for her school-aged son’s birthday party.
Cullors said of her earlier decision to lie: ‘I look back at that and think, that probably wasn’t the best idea.’
She previously issued a statement denying that she’d ever lived there or used the property for her personal gain after its purchase was revealed by New York magazine, triggering allegations of racism from BLM.
The purchase of the 6,500 square-foot Studio City property – which officials previously said was reserved exclusively for official foundation business – was disclosed last month by NY Mag.
News of the previously under-wraps transaction – made more than a year and a half ago – triggered a firestorm of criticism concerning the financial practices of the foundation’s top brass, which have already come into question in recent months.
Black Lives Matter raised $90million in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, and still has an impressive $60million of cash at hand.
Explaining the reason behind the luxurious purchase, Cullors told AP: ‘We looked at commercial buildings and we looked at homes and then we found this really amazing space that’s a sweet spot between commercial and residential.’
She went on to justify its purchase by highlighting how the mansion had a soundstage which enabled BLM to produce podcasts.
After receiving the email asking for comment on the house’s existence last month, BLM officials reportedly circulated an internal memo with possible responses to the outlet’s query concerning the alleged purchase.
The responses ranged from: ‘Can we kill the story?’ to: ‘Our angle – needs to be to deflate ownership of the property,’ the magazine reported.
At the time, Cullors – who attested the property was bought as a ‘safe space’ for black creatives, activists and thought leaders, and that its purchase was never disclosed because it needed renovating – angrily hit back at her detractors, describing criticism she was facing since the purchase was made public as ‘racist and sexist.’
Cullors, meanwhile, defended the purchase while speaking to the AP last week, arguing that the opulent home was bought to bring further value to the BLM empire.
‘We really wanted to make sure that the global network foundation had an asset that wasn’t just financial resources,’ she said, ‘and we understood that not many black-led organizations have property. They don´t own their property.’
What We Know About Minyon Moore
Minyon Moore, the 69-year-old has deep roots in Chicago and in Democratic politics. Moore served as the field director for the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s 1988 presidential run, Bill Clinton’s White House Director of Public Liaison, and one of Hillary Clinton’s closest confidantes, a top adviser in 2008 and already reprising that role—and then some—in 2016.
Known as “Minnie,” was under investigation during the former Mayor of DC Vincent Gray’s federal campaign finance charges. It was alleged that Jeffrey Thompson “funneled” into “shadow campaigns” hundreds of thousands of additional dollars. Moore, who worked at the D.C. political consulting firm Dewey Square Group where she headed the firms’ multicultural and state and local affairs practices, was alleged by the Washington Post to have been involved in Thompson-financed off-the-books campaigns to reach urban voters.
In a filing by federal prosecutors, Moore is alleged—and, again, she completely denies this— to have asked Thompson to fund (the Washington Post pegs the cost of financing these efforts at $608,750) “street teams” in four states (Texas, Indiana, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania) and Puerto Rico. These were places Hillary needed a boost as she battled Obama in the 2008 primaries.
Source: Daily Beast UK and Washington Post contributed.
Mansion Photo: Redfin