Apparently, $170 million of government grant money has been passed “through a liberal dark money behemoth that houses numerous left-wing groups, including the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, tax forms show” as reported by the Washington Free Beacon.
Through a San Francisco-based nonprofit “incubator that wealthy liberal donors use to bankroll progressive causes” a gross amount of taxpayers’ money was able to be dispersed to the various left-wing groups. Called the Tides Center, the Washington Free Beacon unearthed that the group acts as a “fiscal sponsor” to multiple radical left-wing groups.
The Tides Center uses its 501(c)(3) tax and legal status which “lets the groups under its umbrella avoid registering with the IRS.” A review of the center’s tax data shows “The Tides Center is as liberal and politically active as they come; its entire purpose is to create new activist groups” said president of the Capital Research Center Scott Walter.
“For example,” Walter proceeded, “we recently revealed that the Tides Center sponsors the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, one of the top groups in the Marxist-led BLM movement. It’s fair to question whether tax dollars sourced from all Americans should flow to nonprofits that have such an open ideological ax to grind.”
According to the Washington Free Beacon, the Tides Center began in 1996 as “an offshoot of the Tide Foundation, the first network established for the left to utilize the practice of dark money spending.” The Center has been growing astronomically. In 2001, the Tides Center reported $3.4 million in grants, “by 2018, the number shot up to $19.2 million, which was nearly 15 percent of the $137 million it reported in total grants and contributions that year.”
“The $170 million in government funding was disbursed to projects between that time. Due to the Tides Center’s set up as a fiscal sponsor with numerous nonprofits that fall below it, it is virtually impossible to pinpoint where the government grants end up” reported the Beacon. Millions of dollars have been given to Tides from George Soros, Planned Parenthood, and other large Democratic donors who have used their foundations to funnel money to the Tides. “Tides did not respond to an inquiry on the funding,” said the Beacon.