A political action committee ‘Real Justice PAC’ cofounded by Shaun King, a Black Lives Matter and left-wing activist, has been found to have been funneling a quarter of its fundraising money back into for-profit companies linked to its leaders. The Real Justice PAC was founded with an eye towards driving criminal-justice reform across the country using the same mass mobilization techniques that were employed by the Sanders campaign.
Over the past 15 months, Real Justice PAC has been funneling money brought in and cutting dozens of checks totaling more than $460,000 to three political firms linked to PAC employees. Those firms are Social Practice LLC, Bernal Alto LLC, and Middle Seat Consulting. Social Practice LLC and Bernal Alto LLC are managed by PAC’s data strategist Jin Ding and it’s treasurer Becky Bond. Middle Seat Consulting was cofounded by one of the PAC’s original leaders, Hector Sigala.
“There are legal and ethical ways to have people in leadership positions at an organization, and also serve as vendors to the same organization. But these relationships properly raise questions, especially for a group whose leaders include someone like Shaun King, who has repeatedly been accused of enriching himself improperly,” said Scott Walker, president of the Capitol Research Center, a money-in-politics watchdog.
Because PAC is a 501(c)(3) charity, the IRS actually prohibits excessive benefits to individuals from the organization’s coffers. The same charities that criticize their opponents for ‘dark money’ influence should also be prepared to defend practices that let their leaders write checks to their own for-profit consultancies.
While it doesn’t appear that King has been profiting from these PAC payments, he has been accused already of pocketing money he fundraised for Haitian orphans and the families of black individuals killed by police. The money went into King’s own projects and are unaccounted for. He has since then promised to release records of where he spent fundraised money back in March 2019, but never did.
The Real Justice PAC has been pivotal in helping elect far-left district attorneys and a slew of other left-wing candidates including San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin and state’s attorney for Cook County, ILL., Kim Foxx. Their goal has always been to fight “structural racism,” when really those efforts have just given many far-left candidates major money advantages in their races. The PAC has also received $100,000 this cycle from the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a dark money group that falls under Arabella Advisors, a massive D.C-based network that conceals the sources of hundreds of millions donated to liberal groups and initiatives every year. When requested, the PAC made no comments on the payments from Sixteen Thirty Fund.
It’s not a surprise that Shaun King’s name keeps reappearing. He’s been grossly incompetent when it comes to sustaining organizations and has zero ability to run them. The sheer amount of organizations and movements he’s tried to run throughout the years is a long enough Twitter thread to overwhelm anyone. He jumps from one idea to the next, but that is overlooked because he is “famous.” Where’s the media in attacking King with how fundamentally corrupt he is?
Oh right, the emotional triggers and common buzzwords he uses helps out the Dems too much.