Brazil: Implementation of election law meant to track corruption in campaign financing


Brazilian authorities are investigating thousands of reports of fraud and criminal interference in the country’s municipal elections, including one case in which the country’s most notorious prison gang allegedly funded the campaign of a city councillor in an effort to broaden its sphere of influence.


The elections, for mayors and councillors, are the first to be held under a new electoral law adopted in September, 2015, that was meant to reduce corruption. The reform was prompted by the giant graft scandal known as Lava Jato, in which companies seeking contracts at the state energy company Petrobras paid kickbacks to politicians that were used, in part, to fund electoral campaigns.

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