The colossal Black Lives Matter mural, painted by Democrats on the street outside President Donald Trump’s White House in Washington D.C., incurred a staggering cost of $270,000, as disclosed by a report from the government watchdog group Judicial Watch.

This substantial expenditure was unveiled in records obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case against the Washington D.C. Department of Transportation. The funding was approved in the summer of 2020 when D.C.’s Democrat Mayor Muriel Bowser aimed to both pacify the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and express opposition to Trump. The documents provided insights into the taxpayer expense associated with creating the leftist BLM slogan on the street.

“The repainting seems to have taken place shortly before Black Lives Matter groups began defending Hamas terrorist murders of Jews in Israel,” the report from Judicial Watch pointedly notes.

The 50-foot-tall yellow-painted letters displaying the slogan, which mirrors the logo of the controversial Black Lives Matter (BLM) organization, emerged following widespread rioting and looting led by Antifa and BLM in Washington D.C. in 2020, as outlined in the report.

Situated on 16th Street NW near the White House, the documents brought to light that the cost of repainting involved $53,551 for paint and supplies, coupled with an additional $217,680 allocated for labor. Judicial Watch exposed these expenditure details.

“In a purchase order dated September 15, 2023, with the description ‘Black Lives Matter Plaza Redo’, a vendor charged DC-based Equus Striping a total of $53,551.20 for supplies for ‘BLMRedo2023’.

“These supplies included ‘StreetBond 250 Yellow-BLM (MMA)’, ‘StreetBond 250 Catalyst’, and ‘StreetBond Primer’, plus shipping.

“The labor for the repainting was provided by a subcontractor called Dewberry and totaled $217,680.”

For the project, “a foreman, operator, laborer, carpenter, and mason” were “needed.”

They used “a backhoe/loader, portable air compressor, Bobcat, dump truck, pick-up truck, and service truck.”

Judicial Watch President stated:

“D.C. crime is out of control but local leaders continue to waste $270,000 in tax money promoting the extremist Black Lives Matter movement in the heart of Washington D.C. that is racist, anti-police, anti-American, and often violent.”

On July 1, 2020, Judicial Watch initiated a civil rights lawsuit, alleging violations of the First Amendment against the city.

This legal action was prompted by the city officials’ denial of permission to Judicial Watch to paint the message “Because No One Is Above the Law!” on a street in Washington D.C.