To: CA Democrats, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey

Tell Democrats to Return Money From Donor at Center of Scandal Involving the Death of Gemmel Moore

Tell Democrats to Return Money From Donor at Center of Scandal Involving the Death of Gemmel Moore

Demand that Democrats return contributions from Ed Buck to the Justice 4 Gemmel + All of Ed Buck’s Victim’s Fund today.

Demand that Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s return her contribution from Ed Buck and prosecute Ed Buck to the fullest extent of the law.

Why is this important?

26-year-old Gemmel Moore died July 27, 2017, of a crystal meth overdose in the West Hollywood home of prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck.

Moore was a Black gay male who worked as an escort. His death, was immediately classified as an accidental methamphetamine overdose by the coroner, but now the Sheriff’s Department’s homicide bureau is taking a closer look after his personal journal was published. In addition, numerous young Black gay men have stepped forward making allegations against Buck recounting similar stories about a man who they say has a Tuskegee Experiment like fetish which includes shooting drugs into young Black men that he picks up off the street or via dating hookup websites.

In his journal, Gemmel Moore wrote, “I honestly don’t know what to do. I’ve become addicted to drugs and the worst one at that,” a December entry reads. “Ed Buck is the one to thank. He gave me my first injection of crystal meth it was very painful, but after all the troubles, I became addicted to the pain and fetish/fantasy.”

“My life is at an alltime [sic] high right now & I mean that from all ways. I ended up back at Buck [sic] house again and got munipulated [sic] into slamming again. I even went to the point where I was forced to doing 4 within a 2day [sic] period. This man is crazy and its [sic] sad. Will I ever get help?”

His last entry, dated Dec. 3, 2016, reads: “If it didn’t hurt so bad, I’d kill myself, but I’ll let Ed Buck do it for now.

Buck has given hundreds of thousands of dollars of Democratic causes and candidates over the years. His Facebook page boasted dozens of photos of him with everyone from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to Governor Jerry Brown, Los Angeles County Democratic Party and California Democratic Party chairman Eric Bauman and even Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

In online ads soliciting young Black gay men, Buck has referred to them as being a “6-foot” n-word. On his Facebook page, he joked with friends using the n-word.

Most of Los Angeles’ Democratic and LGBT community–which are often one in same–has had nothing to say publicly about Moore’s death. Politicians who have received thousands of dollars from Buck over the years have been curiously silent. Democrats are often the first to call on Republicans to return money at the slightest hint of impropriety — there seems to be a double standard when a Democratic donor is involved in the wrongdoing.

It’s troubling to see that so many Los Angeles-area Democrats who have taken donations from a man who has allegedly stalked and preyed on the most vulnerable of society have nothing at all to say. Just the fact that the allegations have been made and reported on in the news that these politicians are most influenced by should — and normally would — be enough for Democrats to return their donations and issue statements distancing themselves from the accused. But for the most part, nothing. Is it because Ed Buck is white? Is it because he is white and gay? Is it because he often maxes out on contributing to their campaigns? Is it because the accusers are black gay men? Is it because the accusers are black?

As Democrats we are often the first to call on Republicans to return money at the slightest hint of impropriety — there should not be a double standard when a Democratic donor is involved in the wrongdoing.

There can be no conflict of interest in the quest for justice for Gemmel Moore and all of Ed Buck’s victims.

Gemmel Moore’s life and the lives of all of Ed Buck’s victims should matter more than a political contribution.

The Black LGBTQ community deserves better.

Los Angeles, CA, United States

Reasons for signing

  • We must stop the killing of our young black men!
  • It was the right thing to do
  • Preying on vulnerable people is not a Democratic value. And Gemmel Moore's life--& the well-being of other potential victims--means more than a political donation.

Updates

2017-09-11 13:18:03 -0700

1,000 signatures reached

2017-09-11 10:43:36 -0700

500 signatures reached

2017-09-04 21:38:59 -0700

Several of Ed Buck's victims have been granted immunity in order to give statements about Buck to homicide investigators. https://www.advocate.com/politics/2017/9/03/immunity-granted-possible-witnesses-drug-death-investigation

2017-08-31 01:05:23 -0700

100 signatures reached

2017-08-30 20:00:53 -0700

50 signatures reached

2017-08-30 19:20:59 -0700

25 signatures reached

2017-08-30 18:33:44 -0700

10 signatures reached

2017-08-29 11:26:26 -0700

Justice 4 Gemmel (and All of Ed Buck's Victims) Fund
https://www.gofundme.com/rip-gemmel-juelz-moore/donate

List of Democratic elected officials, campaigns and causes Ed Buck has donated to:
http://bit.ly/2xltH4o

2017-08-29 11:24:20 -0700

Congressmember Karen Bass (D-CA) returned $250 to the family of Gemmel Moore
West Hollywood Councilmember John D-Amico donated $25

2017-08-29 11:03:36 -0700

Homicide detectives to probe death of man at West Hollywood home of prominent Democratic donor (VIDEO)
Fox 11, August 15, 2017
http://www.foxla.com/news/local-news/274092907-story

Homicide detectives probe man's overdose death at the home of prominent L.A. Democratic donor Ed Buck
Los Angeles Times, August 14, 2017
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-democratic-donor-overdose-20170814-story.html

Suspected Meth Death at Political Donor Ed Buck's West Hollywood Home Raises Questions
LA Weekly, August 14, 2017
http://www.laweekly.com/news/suspected-meth-death-at-political-donor-ed-bucks-west-hollywood-home-raises-questions-8517691

2017-08-29 11:03:24 -0700

Questions Arise After Young Man Dies in West Hollywood Home of Dem Donor
The Advocate, August 28, 2017
https://www.advocate.com/politics/2017/8/10/questions-arise-after-young-man-dies-west-hollywood-home-dem-donor

In West Hollywood, gulf between young black man and wealthy white political donor fuels concern about death investigation
Los Angeles Times, August 25, 2017
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-gemmel-moore-case-immunity-20170824-story.html