Lieu donates contributions from Ed Buck after second man found dead in Dem donor’s home

Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuLieu donates contributions from Ed Buck after second man found dead in Dem donor’s home Overnight Energy: Trump threatens to stop FEMA funding for California fire relief | Wheeler officially nominated to be EPA head | Wildlife refuges to get staff during shutdown Lieu says passage of anti-corruption bill is key to tackling climate change, health care MORE (D-Calif.) announced he will donate more than $18,000 in campaign contributions from Ed Buck after a second man was found dead in the Democratic donor’s home.

In a statement on his website, Lieu said that he would split the contributions between five civil rights organizations, including the NAACP and The Trevor Project, a group aimed at preventing suicide among LGBTQ youth.

“I am deeply disturbed by the latest revelations of a second death by overdose at the home of Ed Buck,” Lieu said in the statement. “While we await the results of the law enforcement investigation, I am going to donate the contributions I have received from Mr. Buck to my federal campaign over the years.”


A man, described as an African-American in his 50s, was found dead Monday at Buck’s West Hollywood apartment.

The death comes 1 1/2 years after the death of Gemmel Moore, a 26-year-old black, gay male escort who died of a methamphetamine overdose in Buck’s home. Moore’s death was ruled an accident and charges were not filed against Buck due to insufficient evidence.

Authorities said they are conducting a thorough investigation to determine if this week’s death was “criminal in nature,” but Buck has not been arrested or named a suspect.

Buck’s attorney, Seymour Amster, said Buck had been friends with the man, whose name has not been released, for 25 years.

Buck, a prominent Democratic donor and advocate for LGBTQ issues, has contributed over $53,000 to Democratic candidates and the House Democrats’ campaign arm.

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