“Decent Brazilian Coalition-Leader Will Be Indicted”: Estadão

The infamous mythical cover-up cover: “The operation to cover up the origins of the money could be even more devastating to the government” [than the criminal plot to “buy a false dossier against Alckmin” itself]. In this election-eve cover story, Veja covered up key evidence that directly contradicted its “cover-up” conspiracy theory. And got outed on it. All the persons it sought to bork were eventually exonerated of criminal wrongdoing.

The Editora Abril was also identified as having made a deposit of R$ 303,000 into an account belonging to DNA Propaganda, the PR firm owned by Marcos Valério [Belo Horizonte Baldy], according to data obtained by the CPI of the Postal Service and published in the news media. Members of the CPI also identified two deposits from TV Globo, totalling R$ 3.6 million, and two from Globosat, totalling R$ 180,000. According to DNA, in the latter two cases, the deposits correspond to payments of commissions and bonuses for the placement of advertising with open-air and cable television broadcastes. In principle, nothing illegal about that. But it would be interesting to see what kind of coverage these news organizations provided on the subject of their own deposits. Did they get big headlines and cover-stories? –NovaE (Brazil), ca. August 2005; see my Abril Despedeçado

According to the [leak-based?] reporting of the São Paulo daily, Azeredo’s coalition raise more than R$80 million, but only declared R$8.22 million to the elections authority. Of the total amount spent, according to forensic accounting, R$10.8 million were donated to more than 170 candidates from 19 political parties.

The Jornal da Manhã (Uberaba, Minas Gerais, Brazil) reports:

Ex-governador do Estado de Minas Gerais, o senador Eduardo Azeredo (PSDB-MG) vai ser denunciado pelo procurador-geral da República, Antonio Fernando de Souza, por envolvimento com o “mensalão mineiro”, segundo reportagem publicada ontem no jornal “O Estado de S. Paulo”.

The former governor of the state of Minas Gerais, current Senator Eduardo Azeredo (PSDB-MG) is going to be indicted by the federal attorney, de Souza, for involvement in the “big monthly of Minas,” according to report published in the Estado do S. Paulo daily.

You are already seeing a scramble over the characterization of this matter. I have also opined that it should just be called the valérioduto, after the advertising executive Marcos Valério, whom I like to refer to as Belo Horizonte Baldy.

PSDB politicians set it up. Some PT politicians may have decided to keep on using it when the opposition and government swapped roles. It really seems like the same pipeline throughout, pumping the same sludge of dirty money. Only the network endpoints, and perhaps the inputs — as the theorists says — changed.

Some are calling it “the embryo of the big monthly scheme.” Which tends to rush to judgment on how much money passed through the pipeline during any given year during the lifecycle of this funky little exercise in innovative public-private partnership accountability.

Another minimizing meme: calling it “the little monthly of Minas.” And other such nonsense.

Me, I am waiting for beancounters to finishing adding up the beans. The serious point to fact-check here: That the “monthly of Minas” involved much, much more laundering of misappropriated public money. Recall that the PT3+1 were pointedly not indicted on embezzling of public money.

If beancounters confirm this, this would be a difference that could make a big difference. Risk managers, take note.

The news hook from the Uberaba editors: “Azeredo pleads for same treatment afforded Lula.”

Larry Rohter, in his “Checkers speech” interview with the Estadão a while back, served as a pretty typical spokesman — as always — for the screaming memeology directed at President Squid in the scandal:

“If I were Brazilian,” Rohter is quoted as saying, “I would ask the same question of Lula that Howard Baker asked about Nixon: What did the President know? And when did he know it?”

See also

To the newsflow:

A denúncia, com uma lista de políticos, será encaminhada ao STF (Supremo Tribunal Federal) nos próximos dias. O ex-governador é apontado pela Polícia Federal como mentor e principal beneficiário do esquema de arrecadação ilegal de recursos das eleições de 1998, quando disputou a reeleição para o governo de Minas.

The charge, with a list of elected officials attached, will be sent to the Supreme Court in the next few days. The former governor is pointed to by the feds as the mentor and principal beneficiary of the illegal campaign finance scheme in the state elections of 1998, when he was running for reelection in Minas.

He lost and became national party chair.

There were some murmurs in the newspapers that the national campaign of the “Coalition for a Decent Brazil” — from which Azeredo had to step down during last year’s national campaign — failed the smell test with its campaign finance accounting, in the view of federal campaign finance auditors.

But you never did read any follow-up to that case. See

O inquérito relaciona também, entre os 36 envolvidos no esquema, o atual ministro das Relações Institucionais, Walfrido Mares Guia, o publicitário Duda Mendonça e o empresário Marcos Valério, além de coordenadores da campanha de Azeredo, dirigentes de estatais mineiras e executivos de empresas que tinham negócios com o governo.

The probe also mentions, among the 36 persons involved in the scheme, the current minister of institutional relations, Mares Guia [of the PTB, Azeredo’s lieutenant-governor at the time, I believe], advertising executive Duda Mendonça and [Belo Horizonte Baldy], as well as Azeredo’s campaign coordinators, directors of state-owned firms and executives of companies that did business with the government. 

A PF apurou, segundo a reportagem, que a coligação de Azeredo arrecadou mais de R$ 80 milhões na campanha, mas só declarou à Justiça Eleitoral R$ 8,22 milhões. Do total gasto, conforme perícia, R$ 10,8 milhões foram doados a mais de 170 candidatos de 19 partidos.

According to the [leak-based?] reporting of the São Paulo daily, Azeredo’s coalition raise more than R$80 million, but only declared R$8.22 million to the elections authority. Of the total amount spent, according to forensic accounting, R$10.8 million were donated to more than 170 candidates from 19 political parties. 

Na entrevista ao jornal paulista, Azeredo pediu o mesmo tratamento dispensado ao presidente Lula à época do “mensalão”. Além disso, o ex-governador afirmou esperar ficar de fora da acusação formal. “No meu ponto de vista, não há questões que possam levar à minha citação”, declarou.

In an interview with the São Paulo daily, Azeredo pleaded for the same treatment afforded President da Silva during the “big monthly” scandal.

I am picturing some of my petista friends — we have friends of various political persuasions, mind you, which means banning politics, for the most part, from beer bashes like last night’s (yes, okay, that was me doing my “go-go girl in a cage” routine to the tune of “É proibido fumar”; what of it?)  — with milk shooting out of their noses from laughing so hard.

Further, the former governor said he expects to be left out of the formal indictment. “From my point of view, there are no issues that could lead to my indictment,” he declared.

Luiz Guaritá Neto. Atual suplente do senador Azeredo, o ex-prefeito não quis se manifestar sobre o assunto. Luiz Neto apenas declarou ter uma grande admiração pelo senador e acredita que ele seja uma pessoa de bem e honesta. “Basta ver o patrimônio dele”, resumiu. “Contudo, não participei da campanha e não tenho nada para falar”, arrematou.

Luiz Guaritá III. Currently serving as Azeredo’s Senate alternate, the former mayor did not wish to comment on the matter. Luiz only said he had great respect for the Senator and believes him to be an honest, respectable person. “You need only look at his net worth,” he said. “However, I was not involved in the campaign and have nothing to say about it,” he said.

Partidos beneficiados. Segundo a reportagem, o partido mais beneficiado com o “tucanoduto” é o PT, com 35 nomes na lista. Em segundo lugar vem o PSDB, partido do governador Aécio Neves, que figura na lista como tendo recebido R$ 110 mil.

Parties that benefited: The report says that the party that benefited most from the “Toucan pipeline” was the PT, with 35 names on the list.

On the other hand, in terms of cash volume, as I believe I read, at least two other parties got more moolah: The PSDB and the PFL.

In second place came the PSDB, party of current governor Aécio Neves, whose name figures on a list that indicates he got R$110,000.

Mixing up two ways of ranking the data, rather than presenting rankings using both criteria: a  substandard practice for hard-numbers reporting.

Financiadores. Segundo a perícia, o dinheiro veio na maior parte dos cofres públicos de Minas, sobretudo das estatais Cemig, Copasa, Bemge e Fundação Duprat. Ainda figuram na lista empresas privadas prestadoras de serviço para o governo do Estado.

Financiers: According to the [forensic beancounting], the money mostly came from the public treasury of the state, above all from the state-owned companies Cemig, Copasa, Bemge and the Duprat Foundation. There are also private firms on the list who had contracts with the state government.

Is that the Duprat Foundation on Health and Occupational Safety? I thought that was a federal quango-GONGO of some kind, not state? Checking …


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