Since Operation Car Wash began ravaging Brazil’s political scene, there has been no shortage of initiatives to boycott the anti-corruption investigation. The most recent one was pulled by Brazilian congressmen on Monday night. While approving a law to criminalize the use of irregular campaign donations, a group of congressmen tried to vote on a project that would pardon those who have already benefited from, well, irregular campaign donations.
The idea – endorsed by House Speaker Rodrigo Maia – was to use a bill from 2007 to regulate campaign donations. It included an amendment to pardon those who benefited from illegal donations until its approval by Parliament. The congressmen decided to vote on the bill late Monday evening – which is not typically a working day for Congress – and labeled it as an “urgent project” in an attempt to pass it rapidly. However, they abandoned the effort following intense backlash from members …
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