A Los Angeles jail reform group led by BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors spend $26,000 at a luxury Malibu beach resort in 2019, reports the Daily Caller News Foundation.
The group, Reform LA Jails, spent $10,719 for “meetings and appearances” at the Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club in Malibu, California. The group also spent $15,593 at the Malibu Conference Center, which is owned by the resort.
The payments were made by a consulting firm owned by Asha Bandele, who is a close friend to Cullors, on behalf of the group. Bandele’s firm has received close to $260,000 in consulting fees from Reform LA Jails in 2019.
Cullors, who identifies as a “trained Marxist” heads the Reform LA Jails, which is also known as Vote Yes on R. The group claims that it is “powered by Black Lives Matter” and successfully campaigned for a measure that would reduce the jail population in Los Angeles County.
Questions have been raised about why the group held meetings at the luxury resort, which gives guests access to a private beach and costs $600 per night. The California Fair Political Practices Commission says that campaign funds “must be used for political, legislative, or governmental purposes.”
Reform LA Jails promoted events on their social medias, such as a party at Jane Fonda’s house and a party in Pasadena, but the Daily Caller News Foundation could not find any information at any events at the luxury resort.
“Reform LA Jails’ filings raise a number of questions,” said Peter Flaherty, the chairman of the conservative watchdog group National Legal and Policy Center, to the Daily Caller News Foundation. “An audit would establish whether any campaign funds were used for personal purposes.”