US Congressman to donate funds from scandal-hit Ed Buck to charity

Congressman Ted Lieu (Photo: Facebook)

US Congressman Ted Lieu will donate campaign funds from scandal-hit Democratic donor Ed Buck to charity.

Los Angeles police are investigating the death of a man found in Buck’s West Hollywood home on Monday (7 January).

Police have not revealed the identity and cause of death. Buck’s attorney told local press the victim died of an ‘accidental overdose’.

It was, however, the second death of an African American man in Buck’s home in less than two years.

Police found the first, a gay male escort, dead in July 2017 due to a drug overdose. Insufficient evidence meant police were unable to file charges.

Lieu’s campaign announced Tuesday, they will donate US$18,500 of campaign funds from Buck to various LGBTI groups and the NAACP.

Lieu will donate US$5,000 each to Lambda Legal and the NAACP. What’s more, he will give US$3,000 each to GLAAD and The Trevor Project, and $2,500 to the Equality California Institute.

‘I am deeply disturbed by the latest revelations of a second death by overdose at the home of Ed Buck,’ Lieu said according to the Wehoville.

Federal election records also show Buck has donated more than $53,000 to Democratic candidates and campaigns since 2008.

The US’s first openly bisexual senator Krysten Sinema previously donated Buck campaign funds to charity.

Twitter users and local media on Wednesday called on other politicians — including Adam Schiff and Hilary Clinton — to return donations.

Protestors also gathered outside Buck’s Hollywood apartment complex on Monday.

The first victim

Authorities found Gemmel Moore in Buck’s home in July 2017. He was naked on a mattress with a ‘male pornography movie playing on the television’, according to the coroner’s report.

Police also found sex toys, syringes, and ‘clear plastic bags with suspected methamphetamine’ in the residence.

The report further detailed that Moore arrived at a male friend’s house at 6:45 pm. The male friend’s name was redacted. As the report progressed, it stated the male friend witnessed Moore becoming warm and unresponsive. The male friend alerted a neighbor with ‘medical knowledge’ and called 911.

Authorities ultimately ruled the death an accident.

Moore’s mother, LaTisha Nixon, and other activists, however, suspected the ruling. They wondered whether Buck’s wealth and political ties influenced the conclusion.

The LA Times reviewed a journal found in Moore’s possession.

‘Ed Buck is the one to thank,’ he allegedly wrote. ‘He gave me my first injection of chrystal [sic] meth.’

The story of Ed Buck

Buck, who came out as a teenager, has long advocated for LGBTI causes.

Federal election records also show Buck has donated more than $53,000 to Democratic candidates and campaigns since 2008.

He first gained prominence in the 1980s when he led an effort to impeach Arizona Governor Evan Mecham.

Following Moore’s death, Buck resigned from the steering committee of the Stonewall Democratic Club, a Los Angeles LGBTI political group.

Police said they would look into Moore’s death again during the investigation of this second death.

Author: Rik Glauert

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