Former Arizona senator’s senior staffer stole $115,000 from campaign

  • A former deputy campaign manager stole more than $115,000 from former Senator Martha McSally’s campaign.
  • Anthony Barry, who worked on McSally’s 2018 campaign, faces up to five years in prison.
  • McSally lost his 2018 Senate bid to the current senator. Kyrsten Sinema in a close race.

The former deputy campaign manager for former Senator Martha McSally has pleaded guilty to stealing campaign funds, the justice department announced Friday.

Anthony Barry stole more than $115,000 from McSally’s campaign in 2018 and 2019, the department said. He faces up to five years in prison and a sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 6.

Barry, who served as deputy campaign manager and consultant for McSally, was accused of using his position to “fraudulently” run the campaign to pay him extra payments beyond his salary.

McSally lost her 2018 Senate bid to the current senator. Kyrsten Sinema in a close race. She was nominated to fill the seat of the late Senator John McCain in December 2018 and ran for re-election in 2020, but lost to the current senator. Mark Kelly.

Dylan Lefler, McSally’s campaign manager during his 2020 Senate bid, said the arizona republic that the campaign learned that Barry was taking money without permission two years ago, terminated his contract and contacted the authorities.

“Martha McSally appreciates the FBI’s efforts to solve this case,” Lefler said.