Outspoken Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King has unleashed his Grassroots Law PAC campaign finance disbursements, and it appears he used $40,000 of donor money to buy a dog for his family.

The financial disclosures reveal that the “PAC” paid Potrero Performance Dogs in California a total of $40,650 over the course of two months. The Washington Free Beacon reports that a few days after the second and final payment was made, “King welcomed a ‘new member of the King family’: an award-winning mastiff bred by Potrero named Marz.” (King’s Facebook post about the pup is now...

Outspoken Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King has unleashed his Grassroots Law PAC campaign finance disbursements, and it appears he used $40,000 of donor money to buy a dog for his family.

The financial disclosures reveal that the “PAC” paid Potrero Performance Dogs in California a total of $40,650 over the course of two months. The Washington Free Beacon reports that a few days after the second and final payment was made, “King welcomed a ‘new member of the King family’: an award-winning mastiff bred by Potrero named Marz.” (King’s Facebook post about the pup is now gone.)

While Cockburn tends to agree with his colleague Teresa Mull that purebred dog breeds ought to be preserved and that much of modern dog culture is consumed by hypocritical virtue-signaling, he does think $40,000 — even for an American Kennel Club-registered “Best in Show” champion mastiff — is a bit steep. But then Cockburn considers the reasons King may need a 230-pound dog bred to be “a formidable protector,” and he reconsiders.

King’s PAC, you see, “aims to ‘elect candidates who are committed to reducing mass incarceration and police violence,’” according to the Beacon, which also notes that King has made many an enemy whom a giant beast standing almost three feet high at its shoulder and which “can outweigh many a full-grown man” might prove useful in scaring off:

King… has been hounded for years by allegations of fraud… He has come under fire over the years amid repeated failures at his various social justice endeavors. The mother of Tamir Rice, a twelve-year-old Ohio boy killed by police, said King “robbed” her by holding unauthorized fundraisers in her son’s name. A former King ally, DeRay Mckesson, has publicly accused him of fraud. Real Justice PAC was ordered in December to pay $30,000 to the city of Philadelphia for campaign finance violations in the race to elect District Attorney Larry Krasner (D.).

Black Lives Matter catches a lot of grief for “mishandling” donation money by splashing it out on secret, multi-million dollar homes and lavish parties. But so what if one of your leaders spends $56,000 in donation money to help political candidates and a measly $40,000 on a pet (not to mention the amount of food this thing must eat)? These people are doing the Lord’s work defunding the police and instigating violent protests and a skyrocketing crime wave.

Cockburn thinks everyone is barking up the wrong tree here. If BLM leaders need a luxury compound — or two, or seven — and a registered show dog (is that not considered being “systematically marginalized”?) to not get violent radicals elected, then Cockburn says it’s money well-spent!