UPDATED: Will Other Dems Follow Sinema’s Lead and Give Up Money from Controversial Donor? UPDATED: Will Other Dems Follow Sinema’s Lead and Give Up Money from Controversial Donor? – NTK Network

UPDATED: Will Other Dems Follow Sinema’s Lead and Give Up Money from Controversial Donor?

Ed Buck, who is facing questions about the death of a male escort at an apartment in his name, donated to Kyrsten Sinema, Joe Donnelly, and Jacky Rosen.

By NTK Staff | 03.20.2018 @10:00am
UPDATED: Will Other Dems Follow Sinema’s Lead and Give Up Money from Controversial Donor?

On Monday, The Washington Free Beacon reported that Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), who’s running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), “quietly donated $33,800 to a charity last week,” the amount that had been given to her by a controversial donor named Ed Buck.

The Beacon summarized why Buck is so controversial right now:

[Male escort Gemmel] Moore died in Buck’s West Hollywood apartment on July 27, 2017, and the coroner’s report attributed the death to a methamphetamine overdose, according to the L.A. Times. The Times again cited the autopsy when saying the apartment was “littered with drug paraphernalia” and that paramedics “found Moore naked on a mattress in the living room with a “male pornography movie playing on the television,” the report states.

The story first appeared in the Arizona Republic on Sunday.

Buck is tied to more than just one Democrat running for U.S. Senate in 2018, though.

In May 2017, Buck donated $1,000 to Donnelly for Indiana, the re-election committee for vulnerable Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN).

And in October 2016, Buck donated $1,000 to Rosen for Nevada, which was then the committee to elect Jacky Rosen to Congress.

Rosen, now a member of the U.S. House, is running against Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) for U.S. Senate in 2018. The Nevada Independent reported that Rosen returned the contribution from Buck last year.

Will Donnelly follow the lead of his colleagues, and donate the Buck money? It’s certainly not the kind of controversy U.S. Senate candidates want to find themselves tied to in a tough election year.

NOTE: NTK Network updated this piece to reflect that Rosen told The Nevada Independent she returned the Buck contribution last year.

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