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Activist Shaun King Used $40K In Donor Funds To Buy Show Dog

North Brunswick, NJ – Controversial Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King is in the hot seat again after federal campaign finance disclosures showed he spent about $40,000 of the donations made to his Grassroots Law PAC on a fancy show dog.

Online Federal Election Commission (FEC) records showed that Grassroots Law PAC paid $10,000 to Potrero Performance Dogs in December of 2021 and another $30,650 to the same company in February of 2022.

A few days after the February payment, King announced there was “a new member of the King family” in a since-made-private Facebook post, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

The new family member was an award-winning mastiff name Marzipan, or “Marz” for short.

King said in his post that Marz would be a family pet and would provide “alertness and protection,” The Washington Free Beacon reported.

However, it appeared Marz didn’t stay with the King family for long.

His breeder said in an Instagram post that the champion mastiff had been returned to them because “he’s got a little too much energy to be a family dog so he came back,” The Washington Free Beacon reported.

Marz won Best in Show at an American Kennel Club competition in July.

Interestingly, the Grassroots Law PAC has only contributed about $56,000 total of actual political candidates since 2021, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

Grassroots Law PAC’s website said the “political action committee helps elect candidates who fight to end oppressive policing, incarceration, and injustice.”

King has not been accused of any wrongdoing in connection with the PAC and the purchase of the pricey canine, but critics said it raised questions for donors about how their contributions to help reduce mass incarceration and police violence were being used, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

“This luxury dog expense may not be illegal for a PAC, but it shows little respect for King’s donors,” Capital Research Center President Scott Walter said.

The PAC’s biggest contributor is an heiress to the Hormel meatpacking family, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

King’s Real Justice PAC, which he launched in 2018, works closely with the Grassroots Law PAC.

Real Justice PAC’s website said the group “works to elect reform-minded prosecutors at the county and municipal level who are committed to using the powers of their office to fight structural racism and defend our communities from abuse by state power,” according to its website.

FEC filings showed that Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz’s wife was Real Justice PAC’s biggest contributor with a donation of $653,480, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

Moskovitz spent almost $30 million of his own money in 2016 in a failed attempt to defeat now-President Donald Trump.

The tech whiz left Facebook in 2008 to found team management application Asana.

He was the fifth largest individual contributor in the 2016 election cycles, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

All of the other contributions made to the Real Justice PAC by other people totaled about $400,000.

In December of 2021, Real Justice PAC was ordered to pay $30,000 in fines in Philadelphia for campaign finance violations related to District Attorney Larry Krasner’s campaign, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

King has denied allegations of fraud and blamed it on poor management and false claims by “enemies.”

He was also accused of malfeasance by a board member of the Justice Together PAC that was disbanded in 2015, Daily Caller reported.

In 2019, former Justice Together board member DeRay Mckesson accused King concealing PAC finances and misrepresenting the organization.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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