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Recently Arrested Democrat Donor Ed Buck Also Started Fur Ban in California

Ed Buck used ‘position of power’ to drug and manipulate men and withstand arrest?

By Katy Grimes, September 22, 2019 2:05 am

In all of the research on the bill in the Legislature,  AB 44, to ban fur products in California, big Democratic donor and LGBTQ activist Ed Buck’s name was prominent. Buck was just arrested last week for luring young, gay African American men to his home, and injecting them with methamphetamine. Buck is alleged to have preyed on gay at-risk men, and pressured them to do drugs, and especially, crystal meth.

Gemmel Moore, 26, was found dead inside Buck’s home in 2017. Timothy Dean, 55, was found dead in Buck’s West Hollywood apartment this year, yet Buck was never arrested. Recently, a third young man nearly died, before Buck was finally arrested. “Buck was arrested at his West Hollywood home Tuesday night, less than a week after a man fled Buck’s home fearing he was suffering a methamphetamine overdose, prosecutors allege,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

Buck was a well-known wealthy Democratic Party donor, and was the activist who first introduced the idea of a ban on fur products. His home city of West Hollywood was the first city to impose one.

This case is reminiscent of the Harvey Weinstein case. Weinstein wasn’t arrested for years despite many credible accusations and police reports of sexual abuses, many say because of his political contributions.

It appears Buck spread a lot of campaign contributions around, which served to buy favor with politicians, to ensure support for his fur ban legislation. But is also worked to protect him and keep him from being arrested even while he continued drugging and manipulating men.

Under both his name and a PAC called Animal PAC he maxed out on political contributions, and contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to politicians.

Ed Buck and politicians he made contributions to including Rep. Ted Lieu.

Ed Buck’s political donations are also interesting.

*Buck’s biggest political investment was for more than $300,000 to his political action committee called Animal PAC/Social Compassion in Legislation for Animals. This PAC donated to several campaigns.

*A partial list of beneficiaries of Ed Buck’s Animal PAC include: Henry Stern for State Senate ($4,200), Anthony Portantino for Senate 2016 ($2,500), Jeffrey Prang for Accessor ($6,000), Mike Feuer for City Attorney 2013 ($1,300), John Perez for Assembly 2012 ($3,900), Bob Blumenfield for Assembly 2012 ($1,000), Betty Yee for State Controller 2014 ($250), John Duran for West Hollywood City Council ($3,200), Jeffrey Prang for West Hollywood City Council ($3,200)

*Records dating back to 2009 showed Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was one of Buck’s high-profile recipients, receiving $1,400 in 2016. That money was returned about a month after Moore died.

*Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey received $100 from Buck in 2012. Her campaign claims that money was given back in February of 2018.

*He gave former California state Senate leader Kevin De Leon $18,700 over several campaigns.

*Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu took in $19,400 in state and federal donations from Buck.

*Buck gave Rep. Adam Schiff, now chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, $2,700 in 2016.

*He made donations of $38,700 to John D’Amico, whose initial election to the West Hollywood City Council in 2011 was a project of Buck’s. An animal rights activist, Buck endorsed and campaigned for D’Amico and provided him with an army of campaign workers from various animal rights groups based on his support for a ban on the sale of fur in West Hollywood.

In West Hollywood in advance of or during consideration of the fur ban ordinance, Buck made $24,700 in donations to John Duran, $2,500 in donations to Lauren Meister and $2,000 in donations to John Heilman.

The political favor Mr. Buck earned through these donations enabled him to secure a strong coalition of support for the fur ban legislation among lawmakers…many of the same lawmakers who also apparently provided him the special treatment and protections that enabled him to avoid arrest for two years while he continued to drug and manipulate men, nearly resulting in a third death.

Below is a partial list of Ed Buck’s political contributions, including his PAC contributions. The rest of his contributions can be found Center for Responsive Politics, which is known as OpenSecrets.org

 

DATE RECIPIENT CONTEST POSITION PAYMENT TYPE AMOUNT

1/16/17

ANIMAL  PAC MONETARY

$5,000.00

3/2/18

ANIMAL PAC MONETARY

$5,000.00

6/15/17

ANIMAL PAC MONETARY

$2,000.00

12/15/18

ANIMAL PAC MONETARY

$1,500.00

4/8/13

ANIMAL PAC MONETARY

$250,000.00

3/15/12

ANIMAL PAC MONETARY

$25,000.00

12/26/12

ANIMAL PAC LOAN

$25,000.00

1/1/10

ANIMAL PAC MONETARY

$224,380.94

4/25/16

ANIMAL.PAC.CA MONETARY

$10,000.00

5/20/16

ANIMAL.PAC.CA MONETARY

$5,000.00

9/23/16

ARDY KASSAKAIN FOR STATE ASSEMBLY, ARDY STATE ASSEMBLY PERSON SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,000.00

4/29/14

ARMSTEAD, SONGHAI OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$250.00

6/4/15

BAYLESS, SHAWN STATE SENATOR 27 SUPPORT MONETARY

$4,200.00

7/29/17

BECERRA FOR AG, XAVIER ATTORNEY GENERAL SUPPORT MONETARY

$2,500.00

11/4/15

BEN ALLEN FOR CA SENATE, BEN STATE SENATOR 28 SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,000.00

5/23/16

BLOOM, RICHARD STATE ASSEMBLY PERSON SUPPORT MONETARY

$2,500.00

11/2/15

BLUMENFIELD, BOB OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$700.00

11/2/15

BLUMENFIELD, BOB OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$700.00

9/30/16

BLUMENFIELD, BOB OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$700.00

7/26/12

BLUMENFIELD, BOB STATE ASSEMBLY PERSON SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,000.00

9/21/12

BLUMENFIELD, BOB OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$700.00

4/29/12

BUTLER FOR ASSEMBLY, BETSY STATE ASSEMBLY PERSON SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,000.00

6/18/13

BUTLER, BETSY STATE ASSEMBLY PERSON SUPPORT MONETARY

$8,200.00

6/18/13

BUTLER, BETSY STATE ASSEMBLY PERSON 62 SUPPORT MONETARY

$8,200.00

3/27/14

BUTLER, BETSY STATE SENATOR SUPPORT MONETARY

$4,100.00

9/30/12

BUTLER, BETSY STATE ASSEMBLY PERSON SUPPORT MONETARY

$2,900.00

7/26/12

BUTLER, BETSY STATE ASSEMBLY PERSON SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,000.00

8/20/12

CA DEL SOL STATE ASSEMBLY PERSON SUPPORT NON-MONETARY

$887.13

2/2/13

CEDILLO, GIL OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$700.00

5/18/16

COMMITTEE IN SUPPORT OF SAWN BAYLESS MONETARY

$10,000.00

10/14/14

CONTROLLER RON GALPERIN OFFICEHOLDER ACCT MONETARY

$1,000.00

11/1/13

DABABNEH, MATT STATE ASSEMBLY PERSON SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,500.00

7/22/14

D’AMICO, JOHN OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$500.00

6/8/17

DE LEON, KEVIN LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR SUPPORT MONETARY

$7,600.00

11/18/15

DE LEON, KEVIN LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR SUPPORT MONETARY

$7,000.00

4/16/14

DE LEON, KEVIN STATE SENATOR SUPPORT MONETARY

$4,100.00

6/18/16

DURAN, JOHN OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$500.00

4/21/14

DURAN, JOHN OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$5,000.00

5/17/14

DURAN, JOHN OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$5,000.00

1/6/14

DURAN, JOHN OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,500.00

11/28/12

DURAN, JOHN OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$500.00

7/10/14

EBENSTEIN, JEFF OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$5,000.00

1/10/13

EBENSTEIN, JEFF STATE ASSEMBLY PERSON SUPPORT MONETARY

$4,100.00

5/24/13

EBENSTEIN, JEFF STATE ASSEMBLY PERSON SUPPORT MONETARY

$4,100.00

10/6/14

ECHOLS, ELIZABETH STATE ASSEMBLY PERSON SUPPORT MONETARY

$4,100.00

3/14/14

EQ/CA MONETARY

$1,000.00

5/19/13

EQUALITY CA PAC MONETARY

$1,250.00

11/18/15

EQUALITY CALIFORNIA PAC MONETARY

$1,000.00

3/22/12

FEUER FOR CITY ATTY OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$300.00

4/1/13

FEUER FOR CITY ATTY, MIKE OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,300.00

5/13/15

FEUER, MIKE OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,400.00

7/27/15

FEUER, MIKE OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$0.00

7/15/13

FEUER, MIKE OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,000.00

7/25/16

FRIENDS OF JUDIE MANCUSO OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$360.00

3/5/14

GALPERIN, RON OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,300.00

11/3/16

GARCETTI FOR MAYOR OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,400.00

8/30/17

GARCETTI, ERIC OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,400.00

6/18/13

GATTO, MIKE STATE ASSEMBLY PERSON SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,000.00

7/2/14

GRAY, GLORIA STATE ASSEMBLY PERSON SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,500.00

11/16/14

GUARDARRAMA, JOE OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$500.00

6/1/17

HEILMAN 2007, JOHN OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$500.00

6/1/17

HEILMAN 2015, JOHN OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$500.00

5/25/17

HEILMAN, JOHN OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$500.00

6/1/17

HEILMQN 2015, JOHN OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$500.00

1/29/15

HOFFMAN, ANDRA OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,000.00

2/3/15

HOFFMAN, ANDRA OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,000.00

4/2/14

HOFFMAN, ANDRA OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$200.00

10/22/18

HONESTY PAC MONETARY

$5,000.00

7/4/18

HONESTY PAC MONETARY

$5,000.00

2/20/15

HOUSTON, SCOTT OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$500.00

3/12/12

JACKIE LACEY FOR DA OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$100.00

6/18/14

JEFF PRANG IE MONETARY

$5,000.00

9/22/16

JONES, DAVE ATTORNEY GENERAL SUPPORT MONETARY

$2,500.00

12/5/15

JONES-SAWYER, REGGIE STATE ASSEMBLY PERSON 59 SUPPORT MONETARY

$500.00

9/5/17

KAMLAGER, SYDNEY OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$500.00

2/7/15

KAMLAGER, SYDNEY OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$500.00

6/25/15

KASSAKHIAN, ARDY STATE ASSEMBLY PERSON 43 SUPPORT MONETARY

$4,200.00

6/26/16

KORETZ, PAUL OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$700.00

12/9/14

KORETZ, PAUL MONETARY

$500.00

3/4/15

KREKORIAN, PAUL OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$700.00

8/23/12

LA COUNTY DEMS MONETARY

$2,000.00

2/14/18

LACEY, JACKIE OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$100.00

12/3/13

LIEU, TED STATE SENATOR SUPPORT MONETARY

$4,100.00

10/24/12

LIEU, TED STATE SENATOR SUPPORT MONETARY

$2,000.00

10/10/14

MARISCAL, FRED OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$100.00

2/1/15

MEISTER, LAUREN OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$500.00

10/9/14

MIKE FEUER LEGAL DEFENSE FUND MONETARY

$1,000.00

9/28/16

MIKE FEUER OFFICEHOLDER ACCT OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,000.00

5/28/13

MONTANEZ, CINDY GOVERNOR  SUPPORT MONETARY

$700.00

4/1/13

MONTANEZ, CINDY OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$700.00

12/30/14

MONTANEZ, CINDY OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$700.00

8/20/12

NAZARIAN, ADRIN STATE ASSEMBLY PERSON SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,000.00

9/30/15

O’FARRELL, MITCH OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$700.00

9/30/15

O’FARRELL, MITCH OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$700.00

2/17/13

O’FARRELL, MITCH OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$700.00

4/1/13

O’FARRELL, MITCH OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$700.00

6/15/16

PARKS, DARRELL OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,500.00

4/15/16

PARKS, DARRELL OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,500.00

6/30/14

PELICO, JOAN OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$700.00

10/5/12

PEREZ, JOHN A. STATE ASSEMBLY PERSON SUPPORT MONETARY

$3,900.00

12/9/14

PORTANTINO, ANTHONY STATE SENATOR SUPPORT MONETARY

$4,100.00

9/22/16

PORTINTINO, ANTHONY STATE SENATOR SUPPORT MONETARY

$3,900.00

10/3/14

PPAP MONETARY

$300.00

6/26/17

PRANG, JEFF OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,500.00

7/20/18

PRANG, JEFF OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,500.00

11/1/13

PRANG, JEFF OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,500.00

6/13/14

PRANG, JEFF OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,500.00

5/4/16

RUBIO, BLANCA STATE ASSEMBLY PERSON 48 SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,000.00

6/29/17

RUBIO, SUSAN STATE SENATOR 22 SUPPORT MONETARY

$2,400.00

3/18/17

RUBIO, SUSAN STATE SENATOR 22 SUPPORT MONETARY

$2,000.00

4/2/14

SHINK, HEIDI OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$500.00

3/14/14

SHRIVER, BOBBY OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$300.00

10/8/18

SMITH, JESSE OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$5,000.00

6/18/14

SMITH, RON OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,500.00

5/20/16

STERN, HENRY STATE SENATOR 27 SUPPORT MONETARY

$4,200.00

9/22/16

STERN, HENRY STATE SENATOR SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,000.00

6/16/16

SVONKIN, SCOTT BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEMBER SUPPORT MONETARY

$5,000.00

2/15/15

SVONKIN, SCOTT OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,000.00

7/26/12

SZABO, MATT OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$700.00

5/24/17

ZIMMER, STEVE OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$1,100.00

12/15/12

ZIMMER, STEVE OTHER SUPPORT MONETARY

$250.00

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4 thoughts on “Recently Arrested Democrat Donor Ed Buck Also Started Fur Ban in California

  1. Wow, who knew? This is INCREDIBLE. Story of the year. Katy Grimes digs up another one!

    Predator (and political influencer) Ed Buck is like a sick symbol or template for Dem policy in CA.

    If this doesn’t expose the stinking rot in Sacramento, nothing will.

  2. I just thought donating lots of money to a particular party would gain you preferable treatment with that party. Now I find out that if you jump on and become a leader of one of that party’s favorite pet projects, you can gain even more favor. Brilliant. No wonder so many people think the system is corrupt.

  3. This man got away with 2 murders and almost a 3rd. Reminds me of Jeffrey Dahmer who had one boy escape and then police did nothing. Stop protecting the criminals. As for the fur ban fiasco, the greasy palms do what they are told?
    Let’s see now if Gov. NEWSOM passes this ridiculous fur ban and if he was paid off as well.
    I hope Newsom has the balls to stand up and say NO to these ridiculous Bill’s. Let’s deal with half the homeless population in the USA located in our state.
    Oh…..and thank you Katie Grimes for a super in-depth article.

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