Justice Department Investigates Daines Fundraiser Turned Pandemic Profiteer After California and Maryland Deals Collapse

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Justice Department Investigates Daines Fundraiser Turned Pandemic Profiteer After California and Maryland Deals Collapse
 
Helena, MT – The Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into the pandemic profiteering firm started by a former campaign aide to Steve Daines after the firm failed to deliver on a multi-million dollar PPE deal with Maryland after taking a nearly $6.3 million down payment, and a massive deal with California collapsed after a wire of $456.9 million in funds to the firm was processed and then clawed back.

Steve Daines has faced increasing scrutiny after Mike Gula, a former top campaign aide, started a medical supply company 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 the former fundraising aide’s firm nearly $500,000 since 2018, and has refused to answer questions about the nature of his affiliation with Gula, or what “relationships” Gula leveraged to get these supplies. 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. 

“Now that his close ally faces a Justice Department investigation, will Steve Daines finally answer questions about the nature of his relationship with Gula?” said MDP Executive Director Sandi Luckey. “Daines paid Gula nearly $50,000 as he was setting up his business, and continues to dodge questions about whether he was one of the ‘relationships’ Gula leveraged to start his sham company — Montanans deserve answers.”
 

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