Reform LA Jails disbursed a total of $191,000 to Cullors in 2019 through her consulting firm, Janaya and Patrisse Consulting, according to financial records submitted to the California Fair Political Practices Commission. Each of the seven reported payments to the Cullors’s firm that year were described as: “P. Cullors, Principal Officer, Business Owner.”
It’s still unclear when Reform LA Jails began paying Cullors through her firm, which is named after the BLM co-founder and her spouse, Janaya Khan. The first payment of $51,000 occurred between January 2019 and the end of June 2019, according to an FPPC report covering that timeframe. The specific date of the payment isn’t disclosed in the report.
Reform LA Jail’s following report, covering the three-month period starting July 2019 through the end of September 2019, disclosed four payments, the sum of which comes to $60,000, to Cullors’s firm.
Cullors was the only identified manager of Janaya and Patrisse Consulting in its latest report to the California Secretary of State in December.
Reform LA Jails made additional payments of $20,000 and $60,000 to Cullors’s firm between October 2019 and the end of December 2019, an FPPC report covering that timeframe proves.
Cullors is featured prominently on the website for Reform LA Jails, which also goes by Yes On R.
“Our movement — powered by Black Lives Matter, community organizations, and grassroots citizens– collected over 247,000 signatures to put a measure on the LA County March 3, 2020, ballot,” the website reads alongside a picture of Cullors.
Reform LA Jails told the DCNF that it paid Cullors through her consulting firm “market rate compensation for serving as the chief executive of a historic and successful $5 million dollar campaign in California, and far below when taking into consideration the fact that Ms. Cullors ran the campaign without a salary at all for all of 2018.”
“It is sexist and racist to expect an executive level Black woman to not be paid for their work,” the statement noted.
The website for Janaya and Patrisse Consulting seemingly slipped quietly offline sometime over the weekend amid reports of Cullors’s real estate buying spree, the DCNF previously reported.
The firm’s website claimed it specialized in “Transforming Organizations One Strategic Planning Session at a Time,” according to screenshots posted to Twitter on Saturday by former Wall Street Journal reporter Asra Nomani.
On a page titled “how we help you succeed,” the firm declared it provided “one on one coaching, anti-bias training, racial and gender justice training, long- and short-term consulting, media strategy and development, strategic planning, organizational development, creative content creation.”
“‘Freedom fighter’ Patrice [sic] Cullors and ‘staunch Afrofuturist’ Janaya Khan exploit their association with Black Lives Matter to monetize themselves…as capitalists,” Nomani tweeted in response.