Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita has filed a lawsuit against the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation over an investigation into donations and tax filings.
Rokita filed a lawsuit in an attempt to force the foundation to respond to a civil inquiry request issued several months ago, just the news reports.
“There are disturbing patterns of behavior on the part of this organization, and we will do whatever it takes – including this lawsuit – to get to the bottom of it,” Rokita said. “Protecting Indiana consumers from this house of cards is critical. »
In February, Rokita opened an investigation into the use of BLM funds that were donated by Indiana residents. According to his office, a 2020 report showed the BLM-linked foundation received more than $90 million in donations and distributed about $21.7 million to 30 affiliated chapters.
However, an IRS filing indicated that BLM had $0 in income, assets, and expenses.
Under Indiana law, failure to comply with the civil investigation could result in penalties, including barring the organization from raising funds in Indiana in the future.
“Many Indiana actors and donors have been impacted by these allegations,” Rokita said in a statement. “This lawsuit will allow a court to quickly and efficiently resolve the state’s request for information. »