All the California politicians who took money from Ed Buck

Ed Buck was arrested last month and charged in connection with two overdose deaths at his West Hollywood home. There, prosecutors allege, he manipulated gay black men who were homeless, addicted or working as escorts into doing drugs for his pleasure.

Buck has pleaded not guilty to the federal charges.

Since the mid 2000s, Buck has given more than $500,000 to political candidates and causes, almost all of them linked to the Democratic Party. Forty politicians now holding office in California, ranging from Los Angeles City Hall to Congress, have cashed a check from Buck.

Current officeholders have received more than $150,000 from Buck, including Gov. Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and U.S. Reps. Ted Lieu and Adam B. Schiff. Some have returned the money.

12 federal officials



11 state


4 county


13 city


Below is a list of every sitting officeholder in California who received a check from Buck. Also noted is additional money from Animal PAC, a political action committee largely supported by Buck.

Ted Lieu

U.S. Rep. (D-Torrance)


Lieu was first elected to the Torrance City Council in 2002. He later served in the state Assembly and state Senate before being elected to Congress 2014.

Mike Feuer

L.A. City Attorney


Feuer is also a former member of the state Assembly and Los Angeles City Council. Animal PAC donated $2,600 to his 2013 election campaign.

John Duran

West Hollywood Council member


The long time West Hollywood council member has been one of the biggest recipients of donations from Buck.

Jeff Prang

L.A. County Assessor


Prang previously served on the West Hollywood City Council. Animal PAC donated $3,000 to his 2014 assessor campaign.

Anthony Portantino

State Sen. (D-La Cañada Flintridge)


Portantino represents parts of the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys. Animal PAC donated $2,500 to his 2016 state Senate campaign.

Bob Blumenfield

L.A. City Council member


Blumenfield represents the southwestern neighborhoods of the San Fernando Valley including Woodland Hills, Reseda and Tarzana. Animal PAC gave him $2,000 when he was a member of the state Assembly.

Jerry McNerney

U.S. Rep. (D-Stockton)


McNerney was first elected to Congress in 2006.

Scott Svonkin

L.A. Community College District


Svonkin is one of seven trustees on the community college board.

Henry Stern

State Sen. (D-Canoga Park)


Stern represents parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Animal PAC gave him an additional $4,200 in 2016.

Susan Rubio

State Sen. (D-Baldwin Park)


Rubio previously served on the Baldwin Park City Council and, like her sister Blanca Rubio, was once a public school teacher.

Mitch O’Farrell

L.A. City Council member


In 2013 O'Farrell was elected to succeed Mayor Eric Garcetti to represent the neighborhoods of Hollywood, Echo Park and Glassell Park.

Ron Galperin

L.A. Controller


Galperin, who serves as the City's auditor and chief accounting officer, took office in 2013.

Jimmy Gomez

U.S. Rep. (D-Los Angeles)


Gomez served in the state Assembly before being elected in June 2017.

Adam B. Schiff

U.S. Rep. (D-Burbank)


Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Schiff has served in Congress since 2001.

Xavier Becerra

State Attorney General (D)


Before being appointed attorney general in 2017, Becerra served 12 terms in Congress.

Richard Bloom

State Assemblyman (D-Santa Monica)


Prior to his election in 2012, Bloom was a member of the Santa Monica City Council.

Andra Hoffman

L.A. Community College District


Hoffman was first elected in 2015.

Paul Koretz

L.A. City Council member


Koretz represents parts of the city's Westside. Animal PAC contributed $500 in 2011.

Paul Krekorian

L.A. City Council member


Krekorian's district includes Studio City, North Hollywood and Sun Valley.

Gavin Newsom



Newsom, who has a long career in California politics was elected governor on Nov. 6, 2018.

Pete Aguilar

U.S. House Rep. (D-Redlands)


Adrin Nazarian

State Assemblyman


Lauren Meister

West Hollywood City Council member


Gil Cedillo

L.A. City Council member


Eric Garcetti

L.A. Mayor


Ben Allen

State Sen. (D-Santa Monica)


Ami Bera

U.S. Rep. (D-Elk Grove)


Lucille Roybal-Allard

U.S. Rep. (D-Downey)


Blanca Rubio

State Assemblywoman (D-Baldwin Park)


John D’amico

West Hollywood Mayor


John Heilman

West Hollywood City Council member


Tony Cardenas

U.S. House Rep. (D-Los Angeles)


Reggie Jones-Sawyer

State Assemblyman (D-Los Angeles)


Sydney Kamlager-Dove

State Assemblywoman (D-Los Angeles)


Karen Bass

U.S. Rep. (D-Los Angeles)


Songhai Miguda-Armstead

L.A. County Judge


Julia Brownley

U.S. Rep. (D-Westlake Village)


Jackie Lacey

L.A. County District Attorney


Richard Pan

State Sen. (D-Sacramento)


Curren Price

L.A. City Council member