Saturday, November 27, 2021

Shaun King Provides Receipts to Prove Has Hasn’t Stolen a ‘Single Penny’ of Money He’s Raised

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Shaun King introduces Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders during a rally in the capital of his home state of Vermont on May 25, 2019 in Montpelier, Vermont. This was the first Vermont rally of Sanders’ 2020 campaign.
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*For years, Shaun King has denied accusations of lying and stealing from the victims fund of the families he has advocated for – but folks ain’t buying it and continue to call him a fraud. 

In response, King recently released a 72-page report of “every single penny I’ve ever raised since” Black Lives Matter began.

The report was authored by activist Tamika Mallory, Co-Chair of The Women’s March and Co-Founder of Justice League NYC and civil rights attorney Lee Merritt. King provided the authors with five years of his tax returns and gave them unlimited access to his and his family’s checking accounts, savings accounts, credit cards, retirement accounts and money management software, per NewsOne.  The report focused on fundraisers that King promoted through his social media accounts.

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“I’ve helped raise over $34.5 million for families, charities, causes, & campaigns,” King tweeted Tuesday morning. “A 7 person expert review board inspected every penny – including the past 5 years of my tax returns. Their 72 page report…”

In addition, the families of Nia Wilson, Philando Castile, Terence Crutcher and Botham Jean all have nothing but praise for King. 

“We have had the pleasure of interacting with Shaun King in the months following Botham’s murder,” Jean’s family wrote. “Shaun has become more than another voice for our family. He has become our friend. He has advocated for the Jean family, spoke up for us, dried our tears and held our hands. We are grateful for his support as are many other families who have met him. In this photo Shaun King welcomed our family into his home to do what he does best — nourish.”

Michael Eric Dyson had this to say about the report: “So glad that this report is available to for the world to see that @shaunking has been above board,” Dyson wrote on Twitter. “This is a thorough and exhaustive investigation into his finances and clears him of any wrongdoing or malfeasance. I hope we can now put this to bed! Thanks, sir, for your work!”

In related news, Rihanna’s annual Diamond Ball is set to present King with the event’s highest honor next month, which Variety reported “will benefit the Clara Lionel Foundation, an organization created by the singer to fund education and emergency response programs throughout the globe.” 

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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