Accuracy in Media

In January earlier this year, local authorities were called to the residence of major Democratic Party donor Ed Buck after Timothy Dean was found not breathing in Buck’s Los Angeles home.

Dean’s death was ruled accidental by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in March.

According to Buck’s attorney Seymour Amster, Dean and Buck had been friends for more than 25 years and “Ed does have individuals he associates with who have problems with drugs. He tries to talk them out of it.” 

However, Timothy Dean is not the only individual to have overdosed in Buck’s residence.

According to CNN’s article, “Gemmel Moore, 26, was found dead at Buck’s home on July 27, 2017. Moore’s death was ruled an accidental methamphetamine overdose, the Department of Medical Examiner – Coroner’s website says.”

The Los Angeles County District Attorney said the admissible evidence was insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Buck was responsible for Moore’s death.

The CNN article delivers knowledge on the accidental deaths of these two individuals and a wrongful death lawsuit that was filed by Moore’s mother against Ed Buck who is 65 in February, alleging that he injected her son with a lethal dose of crystal methamphetamine.

One major portion of the article headlined, “Democratic Donor Ed Buck charged with a felony for running a drug den” is missing, in which states how much and to what Democrats Buck has contributed money to.

CNN’s author covered that part of the article with a blanket statement stating, “Buck has donated to a number of Democratic candidates and PACs in recent years, according to information from OpenSecrets…” but did not link where readers could find his contributions.

During AIM’s own investigation, and according to OpenSecrets, we found Ed Buck of West Hollywood gave thousands of dollars to multiple well-known Democrats such as Sens. Krysten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), and Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Susie Lee (D-Nev.) and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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