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Dirty Money

CBS 2 - Following The Money An In Depth Look At Ed Buck’s Political Donations

CBS 2 - Following The Money An In Depth Look At Ed Buck’s Political Donations

Who Took Ed Buck's Dirty Money?


Below is a partial list first compiled and published by journalist Jasmyne Cannick of current and past office holders, PACs and Democratic Clubs who have received money from Ed Buck during the same time period that victims say they had dealings with him–-2008 through 2017.


Buck has donated more than $500,000 for local, state and federal campaigns. 


And while Ed Buck preys on Black men, when it came to his political donations, Black men and female candidates were the least likely to receive donations.  The handful who did receive donations from Ed Buck received very small sums when compared to the majority of donations where Buck often maxed out to the legal limit.  


Some of his highest beneficiaries include:


  • Kevin de Leon 

  • West Hollywood Mayor John Duran

  • Congressmember Ted Lieu

  • Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer


The list is broken up into five sections–Clubs, Committees & PACS, Federal, State, Los Angeles and West Hollywood.  


We asked all of these politicians and groups to return the money to the fund that was set up to get justice for all of Ed Buck's victims and to help is victims--not to Ed Buck and not to organizations that do nothing to help this population of young Black gay men. 


To date, only two people have done so--Rep. Karen Bass and Bryan Caforio.


Sources: Federal Election Committee, Open Secrets, Cal-Access, The City of West Hollywood, The City of Los Angeles.


Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC)
Amount Recv’d: $30,000
Date: 11/30/2015, 2/17/2016, 3/21/2016, 5/18//2017


Animal PAC/Social Compassion in Legislation for Animals

(Ed Buck is the group’s largest contributor)
Amount Recv’d: $95,629.06
Date: 7/6/2011, 3/23/2012, 5/24/2012, 12/28/2012, 4/11/2013 4/27/2016, 5/20/2016
*Partial list of beneficiaries of 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)


Getting Stuff Done PAC
Amount Recv’d: $10,000
Date: 2/24/2015, 3/15/2016


Ready PAC
Amount Recv’d: $1,000
Date: 3/17/2015


House Majority PAC
Amount Recv’d: $5,000
Date: 10/6/2014

Equality California PAC
Amount Recv’d: $3,250
Date: 5/15/2013, 5/21/2013, 3/17/2014, 11/18/2015


United for a Strong America PAC
Amount Recv’d: $500
Date: 6/10/2008


Los Angeles County Central Democratic Committee
Amount Recv’d: $2,000
Date: 8/23/2012


Democratic State Central Committee
Amount Recv’d: $2,600
Date: 10/16/2010, 10/28/2014


Stonewall Young Democrats
Amount Recv’d: $4,750
Date: 8/23/2010, 10/20/2013, 4/7/2014, 1/27/2015, 11/18/2015


Stonewall Democratic Club
Amount Recv’d: $13,725
Date: 4/15/2011, 3/31/2010, 3/19/2012, 2/9/2014, 5/6/2014, 6/30/2014, 4/23/2015, 12/1/2015, 12/25/2015, 4/23/2016, 4/26/2017, 7/14/2016, 12/7/2016, 6/6/2017


Democratic Party of San Fernando Valley
Amount Recv’d: