Opinion: Brazil’s Electoral “Reform”? Part III

Do the politicians really need another R$3.6 billion of taxpayer money to maintain themselves in power, when the country is tightening its belt and government workers’ salaries are about to be frozen?

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 . . .

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