- A former deputy campaign manager stole over $115,000 from former Sen. Martha McSally’s campaign.
- Anthony Barry, who worked on McSally’s 2018 campaign, is facing up to five years in prison.
- McSally lost her 2018 senate bid to now-Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in a close race.
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The former deputy campaign manager to former Sen. Martha McSally pleaded guilty to stealing campaign funds, the Justice Department announced on Friday.
Anthony Barry stole more than $115,000 from McSally’s campaign in 2018 and 2019, the department said. He’s facing up to five years in prison with a sentencing hearing scheduled for July 6.
Barry, who served as a deputy campaign manager and consultant for McSally, was accused of using his position to “fraudulently” directing the campaign to give him additional payments beyond his salary.
McSally lost her 2018 Senate bid to now-Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in a close race. She was appointed to fill the seat of the late Sen. John McCain in December 2018 and ran for re-election in 2020 but lost to now-Sen. Mark Kelly.
Dylan Lefler, McSally’s campaign manager during her 2020 senate bid, told the Arizona Republic that the campaign learned that Barry was taking money without authorization two years ago, ended his contract, and contacted authorities.
“Martha McSally appreciates the FBI’s efforts to resolve this case,” Lefler said.