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AG James order Black Live Matters Foundation to stop raising money in NY

Jul 07, 2020 6:30 am
Brianna Sacks and Ryan Mac is reporting for Buzzfeed News New York Attorney General Letitia James July 6, ordered the Black Lives Matter Foundation to stop collecting donations in New York. The California-based organization is not affiliated with the global movement to end police brutality against black people. BuzzFeed News previously reported the nonprofit has only one employee and its purpose is to build relationships with police. The foundation was in line to accept millions of dollars from major corporations like Apple and Microsoft following the police killing of George Floyd in May. "Charitable organizations have the responsibility to ensure transparency in their operations," James said in a statement. “I won’t allow the people of New York to be deceived by any organization, especially one that degrades the Black Lives Matter movement in the process." Robert Ray Barnes, a 67-year-old music producer in Los Angeles, created the nonprofit in 2015, two years after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s killer that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement. In interviews last month, Barnes told BuzzFeed News that he has nothing to do with the Black Lives Matter movement and he accused its leaders of stealing the name. Following the recent spike in donations to racial justice causes, New York officials have heightened their monitoring of potentially fraudulent groups and misleading causes, a spokesperson said. The state requires any nonprofit that receives substantial donations from state residents to register with the AG’s Charities Bureau to ensure that the funds are being used the way that donors intended. Read the full story at buzzfeednews [dot] com.