Indiana Attorney General sues Black Lives Matter as part of investigation into use of donations

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita has filed a lawsuit against the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLM), seeking the organization’s compliance in a larger investigation into the use of donated funds by Hoosiers.

In a statement, Rokita’s office announced that it “filed a Petition to Enforce a Civil Inquiry Demand, seeking an order requiring BLM to respond to a Civil Inquiry Demand issued to the organization in February 2022.”

The investigative lawsuit seeks to learn whether BLM failed to comply with the Indiana Nonprofit Corporation Law or the Indiana Consumer Misleading Sales Law. It seeks to obtain BLM documents that are relevant to the “investigation to ensure transparency to donors and to ensure that funds donated by Indiana residents are used for their intended purpose and not for the personal benefit of BLM directors.”

Rokita’s office opened the investigation after learning of the alleged misuse of donated funds, he said. Fox and Friends Weekend host Will Cain on Sunday.

“In February, when we heard this news about allegations of mansion purchases and everything else, a lot of people said ‘hey, we’re going to look into it,’ well we are, we did, and we will continue until we have cooperation and we get the facts,” he explained.

Todd Rokita speaks during a news conference on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

He added that the BLM’s lack of cooperation with the civil investigation lawsuit led to the lawsuit.

Rokita posted a washington examiner article on Friday, noting that BLM purchased a $6 million mansion in Southern California in October 2020. He explained that this would not “necessarily” be his business as attorney general of Indiana.

“But I do my job when charitable donors here in my state get ripped off. A big part of my job is protecting Hoosier consumers and I take that responsibility very seriously,” he continued.

In the press release, Rokita highlighted that the organization reported raising more than $90 million in 2020, of which approximately $21.7 million was distributed “to 30 local organizations and affiliated chapters, including an affiliated chapter in South Bend, Indiana,” the statement says. “However, an IRS filing of BLM for the first half of 2020 listed the organization as having $0 in income, expenses, and assets held by BLM during the time period.”

The attorney general emphasized the importance of protecting Hoosiers and getting to the root of the organization’s “troubling behavior patterns.”

“It is critical to protect Indiana consumers from this house of cards,” Rokita said in the statement. “There are troubling patterns of behavior from this organization, and we will do whatever it takes, including this lawsuit, to get to the bottom of it.”

In February, Rokita appeared on Fox News Channel Ingraham’s Angle and emphasized that “much of this money is coming from awake corporations,” Breitbart News reported.

“They get what they deserve,” he added.

the case is Rokita v. Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, INCNo. 49D01-2204-MI-013657, in the Superior Court of Marion County, Indiana.

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