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What we know so far about the illegal donations scandal involving Jair Bolsonaro

A major newspaper revealed that business owners have been paying for the broadcast of hundreds of millions of WhatsApp messages; electoral law forbids donations by companies
Bolsonaro: accusation of illegal donations

Earlier today, Brazil’s biggest newspaper Folha de S.Paulo revealed that Jair Bolsonaro’s campaign has been receiving illegal donations. According to the newspaper, business owners have paid technology companies to spread content favorable to the candidate via messaging app WhatsApp. Brazilian electoral law forbids any kind of donation or contribution that is off the books and restricts any donations made by companies. Each “packet” of messages can cost up to BRL 12 million.

However, this is not the only way in which these companies and Mr. Bolsonaro’s campaign have broken the law: they...

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