FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 14, 2020
As Investigations into Former Aide’s Company Mount, Daines Remains Silent
Gula founded Blue Flame to “capitalize on the coronavirus response” using “relationships” to obtain equipment like testing materials and PPE that are in short supply across the country.
Daines has paid Gula nearly $500,000 since 2018 and has refused to answer questions about the nature of his affiliation with Gula, or if he leveraged his long standing relationships with Chinese officials to help Blue Flame partner with a subsidiary of a Chinese government-owned company. The Wall Street Journal reports Daines was “paying Gula to set up several fundraising events” including two DC fundraisers and retreats in Napa, California and Helena scheduled for this summer.
“During the worst public health crisis in a century, Senator Daines’ former aide is shamelessly lining his pockets with his sham company,” said MDP Executive Director Sandi Luckey. “Senator Daines continues skirting questions about his level of involvement with this profiteering scheme, and refuses to deny he was one of the ‘relationships’ Gula leveraged. Daines needs to stop misleading Montanans and start coming clean about his role in his former aide’s shady scam.”
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