Posted on June 15, 2023

BLM Activist’s Income More Than Tripled as His Nonprofit’s Revenue Plummeted

Chuck Ross, Washington Free Beacon, June 14, 2023

Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King saw income from his social justice nonprofit more than triple in 2021 even as revenues fell 60 percent, according to tax filings.

King, a former surrogate for Bernie Sanders, received $268,600 in salary from the Grassroots Law Project in 2021, up from $104,167 the year before. Grassroots Law also paid King’s media company, The North Star, $60,000 to rent its email list, according to tax filings. The boost to King’s compensation came as Grassroots Law’s revenues fell from $6.6 million to $2.6 million.

It’s the latest example of King cashing in at one of his social justice nonprofit groups. King formed Grassroots Law Project at the height of the anti-police movement in 2020 with the claim that “white supremacy, bigotry, greed, and corruption are at the center of police violence and mass incarceration.” The group has called for prosecutions of police, and claims it helped “ensure” the conviction of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis officer who killed George Floyd.

Grassroots Law operates a political action committee of the same name that King has used to cover major personal expenses. The Washington Free Beacon reported that the PAC last year paid $40,000 to a California kennel to purchase a thoroughbred show dog for King.

According to Grassroots Law’s filings, King’s salary rose at a much faster clip than others at the nonprofit. The nonprofit paid $2,140,775 in salaries, an increase of 50 percent from the year before. Grassroots’ assets took a nosedive, from $4,015,736 to $1,885,445.

While King has not been accused of any criminal wrongdoing, his fellow activists have long accused him of financial mismanagement or fraud at his various advocacy groups.

Samaria Rice, the mother of police shooting victim Tamir Rice, accused King in 2021 of raising money from her son’s case without her permission and claimed the activist “robbed me for the death of my son.”

Activist DeRay McKesson has accused his former ally of “running a long con” {snip}