Shaun King, the controversial Black Lives Matter activist, reportedly used thousands of dollars raised through his political action committee (PAC) to buy a thoroughbred show dog for his family.
Since December, King’s Grassroots Law PAC, a group which supports political candidates who “fight to end oppressive policing, incarceration, and injustice,” has paid nearly $40,000 to Potrero Performance Dogs, a California-based breeder.
In Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings, Grassroots Law said the payments were for “contractor services.” But just days after the PAC made a single payment of $30,650 to Potrero, King posted on social media about a “new member of the King family”: a thoroughbred mastiff show dog.
While King’s eyebrow-raising purchase isn’t illegal, it certainly “shows little respect for King’s donors,” said Scott Walter, president of the right-wing think tank Capital Research Center.
“These financial irregularities are disturbing and ought to cause donors to think twice before supporting this group in the future,” added Hayden Ludwig, a senior investigative researcher at Capital Research Center.
According to FEC filings, while King’s PAC gave out nearly $40,000 in dog-breeder payments, the group has only spent slightly more, $55,900, in actual political contributions since 2021.
King, who rose to prominence as an outspoken advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement, has faced repeated accusations of fraud and money mismanagement.
In December, his Real Justice PAC had to pay $30,000 to the city of Philadelphia for campaign fiance violations. King was also accused of “robbing” the mother of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old killed by Ohio police in 2014, after King held unauthorized fundraisers following the incident.
In an Instagram post last June, Samaria Rice said King was “an imposter that can not be trusted.”
King has often denied any allegations of wrongdoing. In 2019, the left-wing activist released an audit that showed he received a $4,1666 monthly stipend from his Real Justice PAC and “no compensation at all” from Action PAC, the precursor to Grassroots Law.
“I have not received a salary or stipend of any kind for the entire year,” King said. “I do it all for free.”