The law of financing of political parties There is still no progress and that is why the deputies involved in the special commission that discusses the project reached an agreement today, just 11 days before the deadline for action expires.
Although the support of the National Party and the Open Council is still missing, which leaves a question about what could happen in the vote, the rest of the forces agreed on several points and, as it turned out, the FA gave in on its position. and legal entities may contribute to the parties.
“We have agreed and are willing to give in and allow legal entities to contribute under certain limitations,” commented deputy Carlos Varela in statements to Radio Uruguay, although he postulated that there must be “precise limits.”
The impact of the Marset case on the decision of the Frente Amplio
The discussion about the new law occurs in a compromising context for the government that is immersed in a political crisis provoked by audios presented by the former chancellor, Carolina Ache, which caused the resignation of four executive officials. After the resignations, the Wide Front met on Sunday where they stipulated possible scenarios to demonstrate, among which are marches against corruption or mentioning the importance of democracy in the event on November 27.
For their part, they also spoke about the new law and they established it as extremely important to step on the accelerator regarding the discussion of the political party financing law. “We cannot allow drug trafficking to get into politics,” remarked the president of the Frente Amplio, Fernando Pereira. In that sense, they assured that they would be willing to make their demands more flexible regarding the participation of companies (legal entities), although it still generates discussion within the party itself.
Difference of opinions
The joint work in the commission had managed to agree 12 items, but it stalled when the Frente Amplio opposed the legal persons can donate to the electoral campaigns, since the Colorados considered that this is a “core” part of the proposal they made – and it is an idea with which the ruling party in general agrees -, and they insist that these figures, under certain conditions, can be contributors.
An argument in favor of this is that it would not make sense for a company not to be able to contribute, while in parallel an entrepreneur, in a personal capacity, can do so with the company money.
Another difference, still unresolved, is which body should control the free advertising distribution that the parties will receive through the different media.