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Shaun King is back in the headlines for raising donations for one of his causes without explaining what he does with the money.

Critics say that whenever King runs out of cash to finance his family's lavish lifestyle, he comes up with a new investment opportunity for his followers to donate.

Last year, King, who was born Caucasian but claims to be Black, collected more than $1.5 million to relaunch Frederick Douglass' abolitionist newspaper, The North Star.

It was a worthy cause with promises to employ about 50 journalists. But, as usual, his big plans went but and the money he raised went down the rabbit hole.

The North Star's former editor-in-chief, Keisha N. Blain, wrote in a tweet:

"So many people warned me about him and I didn't listen. But I learned through experience -- not rumors or innuendoes but real life experience with a liar & a fraud."

Another Twitter activist, DeRay McKesson, stopped short of calling King a con artist in a tweet on Tuesday, May 26.

"Shaun King is running a long con & this is just the tip of the iceberg.

At the very least, he needs to:

1. Immediately & publicly release all former North Star staff from NDAs w/ no penalty.

2. Stop soliciting funds altogether, immediately."

In a lengthy article by the DailyBeast.com titled "Shaun King Keeps Raising Money, and Questions About Where It Goes," the writer hinted that King might face criminal or civil charges this time around.
 

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