Shaun King Spent $40k of Donor Funds...on a Dog

(Vino Wong/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Shaun King burst onto the public scene in the wake of the Ferguson riots and the ensuing battles over race leading all the way up to our current Black Lives Matter-infused racial landscape. Conservatives had King pegged as a grifter from the start. His credibility in the general public began to hit the skids when the Rachel Dolezal controversy brought a lot of questions about King’s own racial identity.


King has been alienating racial justice allies ever since. Social justice activist DeRay McKesson, once an activist partner of King’s organization, wrote a scathing blog post about King, accusing the troubled activist of unethical behavior, “bullying,” and a lack of transparency with organization funds.

Tamir Rice’s mother, Samaria Rice, blasted King as a thief and a liar when she discovered he raised funds using her son’s death as a call to action. She and her family did not receive any help from King or the funds he raised.

“Well we talked and everything that was said was very toxic and uncomfortable for me to hear that you raised additional money and then say you did not want to bother me. Personally I don’t understand how you sleep at night,” she wrote.

“I never gave you permission to raise nothing,” Rice went on. “Along with the united states, you robbed me for the death of my son.”

Somehow, despite the accusations and criticisms from some of the most credible people in the race grievance industry, King has continued to raise money. It appears he’s used that money to make some very important purchases in the fight against racial injustice. Among those purchases is a $40,000 dog, a Mastiff for his family they named Marz.

King’s PAC, Grassroots Law, has handed over the sum in a pair of payments to Potrero Performance Dogs in California since December, the Washington Free Beacon reported. The PAC paid Protero $10,000 in December, followed by a $30,650 payment in February.

Days after the second payment, King posted on Facebook about welcoming a “new member of the King family,” a Mastiff and prize show dog named Marz.


In a long-winded Instagram post, King claimed he needed the dog to defend his family against “white supremacists,” complaining that gun laws made it impossible for him to procure a weapon for self-defense.

I have to say some things that I’ve worked hard to keep private for the safety and security of my family. But I need you to know this so that you understand why our family not only needs a guard dog at home, but 24/7 security wherever we go.⁣

White supremacists and people who’ve meant my family harm have now shown up to our last three homes. Multiple times.⁣

Before you talk about how I should defend myself with guns, New York City won’t even allow me to have a gun. New Jersey doesn’t have stand your ground laws and hardly allows you to even own guns. News outlets have shown our home and exact location online, which then caused a slew of strangers to show up at our home. ⁣

As the former owner of Alfred, our late Bull Mastiff, I can tell you that few people get a Mastiff for home security. They’re really not great guard dogs outside of the fact that they look threatening. However, many people invest in pure bred Mastiffs because they are extremely handsome and loving family dogs. I’m going to assume most Mastiff owners don’t purchase their furry loved ones with the charitable donations of those concerned about racial injustice and brutality.


It was all for naught anyway. The King family apparently sent the dog back to the breeder, citing “too much energy” for their particular situation.

Marz’s stay with the King family was not long-lived, however, as Protero posted Instagram photos of the dog winning top prize at an American Kennel Club competition in July. Protero explained in an earlier Instagram post that Marz has “a little too much energy to be a family dog so he came back.”

I guess the white supremacists have a window now.



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