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A convicted terrorist sits on board of charity handling Black Lives Matter fundraising

Andrew Kerr on June 27, 2020

Thousand Currents, the California-based charity that manages fundraising operations for the national arm of Black Lives Matter, includes on its board a convicted terrorist whose sentence was commuted by former President Bill Clinton on his last day in office.

Susan Rosenberg was identified as the vice chair of the Thousand Currents board of directors on the charity’s website until Wednesday when the page was taken down after the conservative think tank Capital Research Center detailed her involvement with a communist terrorist group that had carried out bombings in New York and Washington, D.C., in the early 1980s.

Rosenberg’s involvement with the May 19 Communist Organization, which carried out its bombing campaign to create a contrast to former President Ronald Reagan’s “Morning in America” campaign promise, earned her a spot on the FBI’s Most Wanted List, according to The Washington Examiner. She was arrested in New Jersey in 1984 while unloading 740 pounds of stolen explosives and a sub-machine gun from a truck.

Rosenberg was released from prison in 2001 after having her sentence commuted by Clinton, serving 16 years of her 58-year prison sentence.

U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White lobbied aggressively against Rosenberg’s commutation at the time, noting that she had allegedly been one of the getaway drivers in the 1981 Brink’s robbery, which resulted in the deaths of two police officers and one security guard. Rosenberg was charged with crimes in the robbery, but those charges were dropped because she was already in prison, The New York Times reported.

Rosenberg was also identified as a member of the Thousand Currents board of directors in the charity’s Form 990s submitted to the IRS for its 20162017 and 2018 fiscal years, indicating that the former terrorist has been involved with the group for the entirety of its fiscal sponsorship arrangement with Black Lives Matter Global Foundation, which began in 2016.

Financial statements prepared by Thousand Currents reveal that 83.3% of BLM Global Foundation’s total spending during its 2017, 2018 and 2019 fiscal years was spent on travel, consulting and payroll, while only about 6% was put toward grants to outside organizations such as the local BLM chapters, the Daily Caller News Foundation previously reported.

BLM Global Network Managing Director Kailee Scales told the DCNF the figures “do not reflect, for example, the in kind support for chapters and fundraising directed to chapters and programmatic assistance to chapters, that would not show up as direct grants on the audited financials.”

In addition to removing the page on its website disclosing Rosenberg as a member of its board of directors, Thousand Currents also took down a page that had disclosed financial information for the charity such as audits and Form 990s dating back to 2005.

Thousand Currents did not return the DCNF’s request for comment.

BLM Global Network has raised a substantial sum of money since the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died on May 25 in Minneapolis police custody.

In recent weeks the group has announced grant funds totaling $12.5 million after raising more than $1.1 million in donations since Floyd’s death. The average donation to BLM Global Network clocked in at $33, The Associated Press reported.

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  1. Deborah Geyer June 27, 2020

    This Rosenberg broad should Still be serving a 50+year sentence for her little ‘anti-American ‘hobbies’,
    don’t ya’ think?! BLM?! How about BMM? ‘Bowel Movements Matter’. This is the Factual data of it. Both parties are nothing more than politico toadie ‘useful idiots’ for these people.

  2. Anonymous June 27, 2020

    All I can say is end illegal aliens coming to our Country, and if you don’t want our Country destroyed by these New Democrats, I highly suggest you vote Republican and keep our Great President because the Democrats want to destroy our entire Country for some crazy reason. One of the first things they plan on doing is to destroy our Constitution, that would leave us with no protection from the Government. No more freedom of speech, no more Guns, and you will do what you are told to do. Taxes will be so high we will all lose our homes if your not a millionaire. Your choice lose everything or vote Republican and watch Mr. Trump rebuild our Country.

  3. Susan Hopersberger June 27, 2020

    TREASON! Prosecute!

  4. Demonangel June 27, 2020

    Isn’t Rosenberg the name of the only couple to be executed in the U.S. for treason? And now a convicted terrorist in the tribe. Thank you so much “Bubba” for setting her free, you always did have lousy taste in. women.. Just another black mark against the Clintons already lengthy list of screw-ups. Let’s see Hil wiggle out of this one. Just sayin”.

  5. Michael Graham June 28, 2020

    Just a little “fuzzy” math. No problem here, nothing to see just go away. Communist terrorists on board of charity??? No problem. This whole “movement is phony!!! They do not care one wit about black lives, only to destroy this country!!!

  6. Gloria Shannon June 28, 2020

    If you research BLM charity you will find where all this money goes…and guess what? It’s funneled to those in the Democratic Party. Check it out its’ and interesting read.

  7. ted June 28, 2020

    OR, you can just call BLM for what it really is, BOWEL LIKE MOVEMENT !

  8. OldDad June 28, 2020

    I think TICO statutes should be invoked and treat both Antifa and BLM as organized crime syndicates. Look at the extortion and property destruction. Look at the planning and execution of the riots. Look at the leaders. Time to take the gloves off, election year or not. The voter are behind a move to stop the violence. So far it is all them. Let the National Guard come in and restore order. This protects the police and Trump just grants pardons to any attempt by liberals to punish our peacekeepers.

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