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Corporate money still rules Brazilian elections

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Protest against private campaign donations in front of Brazil’s Congress buildings. Photo: Pedro França/Ag.Senado

In Brazil, corporations are forbidden from donating to political campaigns. There are no PACs or Super PACs, as exist in the U.S., it is simply illegal for any legal entity to make contributions to candidacies during election season. That said, business owners still manage to have a big hand in financing campaigns in the 2018 elections.

A recent survey has shown that of the 513 representatives elected in 2018, 90 percent of them received donations from business owners, in the guise of individuals. Among the 54 elected senators, this rate jumps to 98 percent.

Corporate campaign funding has been...

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