Bolsonaro Makes Irregular Electoral Donation to Son Carlos in Cash

TSE prohibits contributions in kind above R$ 1,064.10; president deposited R$ 10,000

President Jair Bolsonaro made an irregular cash donation for this year's reelection campaign for his son Carlos Bolsonaro (Republicanos-RJ) to the Rio de Janeiro City Council.

According to data provided by the candidate to the TSE (Superior Electoral Court), the president made a deposit of R$ 10,000 in cash in the account of the councilman's campaign.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 13, 2018, Carlos Bolsonaro, son of Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, is pictured during his visit to the Superior Court of Labour in Brasilia. (Photo by Sergio LIMA / AFP) - AFP

The practice, as described, runs counter to TSE's resolution last year on rules for electoral donations. According to the court, cash contributions above R$ 1,064.10 can only be made by bank transfer or crossed and nominal check.

Wanted, the Planalto Palace and the councilman did not comment on the case until the publication of this report.

On Twitter, Carlos stated that the deposit was a "mistake" and that the resource, of lawful origin, was returned and transferred in accordance with the law.

The rule was created in 2015 to prevent money laundering in elections. In-kind transactions do not constitute a crime, but they can aim to make it difficult to trace the origin of illegally obtained values.

Currently, this type of transaction is automatically communicated to Coaf (Financial Activities Control Council) when it exceeds R$ 10,000.

Folha showed last month that the president and his sons made successive cash donations to irrigate their electoral campaigns from 2008 to 2014. In total, R $ 100 thousand in cash were injected in that period - corrected for inflation, the values reach R$ 163 thousand (US$ 28 thousand).

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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