Opinion, by Michael Royster
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Part of the proposed “reform” is a fund of R$3.6 billion (more than US$1.1 billion) for political parties to spend in the 2018 elections. As one commentator has pointed out, this is R$25 for each registered voter. It’s entitled the Fund for the Financing of Democracy, which is a flagrant misnomer — it’s designed to finance impunity, not democracy.
The booty will be dispensed to the political parties based upon their representation in the Chamber of Deputies in the 2014 election; this means that four major . . .