Democrat Ted Lieu (D-CA) is the first in a string of Democrat benefactors to announce he will not keep political donations from prominent Democratic Party donor Ed Buck after a second black man died of a drug overdose in his home in two years.
“I am deeply disturbed by the latest revelations of a second death by overdose at the home of Ed Buck,” Lieu said in a statement.
“Lieu, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, said in a statement dated Tuesday that he would donate $18,500 in contributions from Buck to African-American and LGBTQ nonprofits such as the NAACP and Lambda Legal,” NBC News reported.
Buck’s attorney, Seymour Amster, said methamphetamine might have been involved in the latest overdose death, but it “seemed like it might have been more than methamphetamine,” NBC News reported.
“It’s clear that there’s a pattern and a practice of Ed Buck to prey on vulnerable, young black gay men who are homeless, who are HIV positive, who he can manipulate with his money — and they end up dead inside his house,” Jasmyne Cannick said in the UPI report.