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Bolsonaro’s lobbying regulation leaves several blindspots

A new government decree establishing rules for lobbying may look good from the outside, but it is riddled with loopholes that are likely to allow such activities to continue unchecked

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President Jair Bolsonaro speaks during an event on the International Anti-corruption Day. Photo: Clauber Cleber Caetano/PR

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro issued a decree imposing transparency on senior government officials’ public schedules. At first glance, the regulations seem to aim at preventing conflicts of interest and influence peddling — but the legal instrument is full of loopholes. Moreover, it will only be fully enforced one week after the 2022 election and will not apply to the president or vice president.

In its essence, the decree requires high-ranking officials to disclose every event they attend by way of an online scheduling platform, informing the reason for the meeting and the people present.

The rules add that meetings...

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