March 31, 2020 Press Releases

McSally Advisor Seeking To “Cash In” On COVID-19

REPORT: Longtime Martha McSally Campaign Advisor Seeking To “Cash In ” On COVID-19

Mike Gula has worked with Sen. McSally since 2016 — making more than $465,000. Now, he’s trying to “cash in”  off of a global pandemic.

PHOENIX — A top, longtime campaign consultant for U.S. Sen. Martha McSally is leaving politics as he “looks to cash in on coronavirus,” according to a new report from Politico.

Politico reports that Republican political fundraising consultant Mike Gula has “started a new company selling medical equipment that’s been in short supply during the coronavirus pandemic.”

Gula runs the Gula Graham firm, which has worked for McSally’s various campaigns since 2016, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings. Over that time period, McSally has paid Gula’s firm at least $465,049.46 for “Fundraising Consulting,” including at least $174,000 in 2019.

McSally has yet to speak out against Gula’s effort to profit off of the ongoing public health crisis by amassing and selling in-demand protective gear that health care workers across Arizona are struggling to obtain. And in Politico’s reporting, Gula said he’s continuing to assist clients with “finishing out everything they need for this quarter.”

“It’s shocking that Senator McSally still has yet to denounce her longtime campaign consultant’s attempt to profit off of the ongoing public health crisis,” said Brad Bainum, Arizona Democratic Party spokesperson. “It’s now been days since this story was first reported, and Senator McSally owes Arizonans an explanation.”