Ed Buck used to mingle with prominent Democrats while
simultaneously filling their campaign coffers with generous
contributions. All of it came crashing down after two men died
in his West Hollywood apartment over the course of two years
and, most recently, a third overdosed but survived, leading to
Buck was taken into custody Tuesday after he shot up his third
victim with two substantial doses of methamphetamine, causing an
overdose, in the same fashion as his first two victims. Buck
attempted to stop his most recent victim from seeking aid, but
the man escaped and made his way to a gas station to call for
Buck, who has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to
Democrats nationwide, is now charged with "three counts of
battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine,
and maintaining a drug house." Court filings describe the
liberal power player as a "violent, dangerous sexual predator"
who preyed on the poor and homeless while manipulating them into
"participating in his sexual fantasies."
Buck, a businessman and activist from Arizona who in the late
1980s successfully ran a campaign to impeach Arizona Republican
governor Evan Mecham, pocketed large sums of money running
Gopher Courier, a company he sold before moving to California in
The well-known LGBTQ activist and multimillionaire became
politically involved locally by running for West Hollywood city
council. He also poured money into a number of Democratic
campaigns and causes, including local, state, and federal
efforts. He has donated more than $500,000 to such efforts.
Buck has given to the likes of Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti
and district attorney Jackie Lacey. West Hollywood mayor John
Duran received $12,500 in 2012 and 2016 from Buck, according to
CBS Los Angeles. Kevin de Leon, a former California state senate
leader, received nearly $20,000 from the financier over the
course of several campaign cycles. Former governor Jerry Brown
and West Hollywood city council members have also been on the
receiving end of Buck's political giving.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) took the maximum donation of
$2,700 from Buck in 2016. Rep. Ted Lieu (D., Calif.) took nearly
$20,000 from Buck but returned the money after the Washington
Free Beacon inquired about the donations following the second
death in January.
Buck also gave to the presidential campaigns of President Barack
Obama and Hillary Clinton. Other Democrats on the national
level, including Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D., Ariz.), have also
received tens of thousands of dollars from Buck.
Following the deaths in Buck's home, the Democratic politicians
separated themselves from the money by donating it to a variety
of charities when questioned on the contributions.
Before Buck's third victim came to light, some warned of Buck's
ways. Following the initial incidents, a group of gay black men
came forward and said that Buck had a fetish for "shooting drugs
into youthful black men he picks up off the street and on hookup
In December 2016, Gemmel Moore, a 26-year-old black male escort,
wrote in a journal that he had become addicted to drugs and that
Buck was "the one to thank." Moore said Buck had given him his
first dose of crystal meth. In the summer of 2017, Moore turned
up dead in Buck's apartment from a drug overdose. At the time of
Moore's death, the Los Angeles district attorney ruled that
there was "insufficient evidence" to bring charges against Buck.
A year and a half later, in January 2019, a second black man, 55-
year-old Timothy Dean, died in Buck's home from a
methamphetamine overdose. Dean's death ignited protests from
local activists who gathered outside of Buck's apartment. "We
shouldn't even be here. There shouldn't be a second victim," the
mother of Gemmel Moore told the crowd at the time.
Many have called for Buck to be brought to justice for years.
Jasmyne Cannick, a California-based community activist, accused
Los Angeles officials of not prosecuting Buck due to his
political contributions. Buck's attorneys have maintained that
the deaths were accidental.
"Arrest Ed Buck, prosecute Ed Buck, and then a jury needs to
convict Ed Buck," Cannick said at a protest outside of his
apartment following the second death. "This man has had two dead
bodies in his house, and he is still in his house."
Buck remained free for nine more months after the second death,
until he injected his third victim who was lucky enough to
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