Harrisburg — Congressman Scott Perry’s former fundraiser Mike Gula, who has been accused of looking to “capitalize on the coronavirus response” is coming under fire. Gula told Politico he was starting his new company, Blue Flame, because of his political connections stating, “I have relationships with a lot of people.”
The state of Maryland canceled a contract it had with Blue Flame after it failed to deliver $12.5 million worth of N95 masks and ventilators “after waiting for more than 30 days” for the equipment. The Washington Post also reported Gula’s company was charging “much higher than the list price provided by manufacturers” for N95 masks.
FEC reports show Perry has paid Gula roughly $175,000 since 2014 for fundraising services. Since 2014, Gula has likely raised Perry hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“Today I am calling on the Department of Justice and state Attorneys General to launch an investigation into the price gouging of taxpayers and failure to deliver millions of dollars worth of personal protective equipment and ventilators by Rep. Scott Perry’s former fundraiser Mike Gula,” said Eugene DePasquale. “As hospitals in Pennsylvania and around the country are struggling to provide enough PPE to keep health care and essential workers safe, I am asking Rep. Perry to return the funds Gula raised for him and to join me in my call for an investigation. South Central Pennsylvanians deserve better than a representative who is willing to play political favorites during a pandemic.”