Brazil is the world champion in public elections at the expense of the people, but the leaders of the Brasilia party are finding that the available funds are not enough and are already negotiating to raise election funds.
In a game agreed with the government, Congress has set up a সের 4.9 billion fund in the federal budget for this year to fund the campaign activities of candidates and their parties.
The government and the opposition have created an oddity in the 2022 central budget They have increased the election fund by 190% compared to the amount set for the 2020 municipal elections, in the same budget they have rearranged the minimum wage by only 10%. . In the chamber, only two parties voted against: Novo and PSOL, permanent opponents.
Others have made laws in their own interest. The result: they have injected public money into campaign finances in Brazil, ten times the gross domestic product (GDP) of Japan and Germany. Or even twenty times the cost volume in France, where the first round of the presidential contest takes place on Sunday.
Brazil, already the undisputed leader in such public spending, is far from the group of the world’s largest economies. A financial dimension of this year’s election fund is equivalent to 16.8 tons of gold.
Even so, owning one is still beyond the reach of the average person. He has predicted spending millions with his candidate Zaire Bolsonaro in the presidential race.
The campaign to re-elect Bolsonaro is “expensive,” said Costa Neto. For example: “Looks like 17,000 race with only one hour of fuel and he has to use one plane every day”. That is, the presidential candidate will consume an average of 14 minimum wages per 60-minute flight to find voters. And it’s not the only one.
Presidential candidates are spending about 40% of their party cash this election season. This is because the “zero” priority of the parties is the election of the legislature, more precisely the federal deputies.
This is crucial for the parties that can survive the election according to the criteria of the electoral law aimed at reducing the number of party organizations, for public access and future access to advertisements on radio and television – today there are 35.
What the owner of PL said in public, other leaders just said in private. In Brasilia, for weeks they have been discussing ways to increase funding for the campaign.
One of the options under discussion is the speedy approval of legislation that allows for an indicative increase in personal donations from individuals. The choice, however, is for new rules that allow candidates and parties to return to business financing this election season.
The Costa Neto objective was: “We must raise money, because otherwise we would not be able to survive. It’s not just us, there are a lot of damaged teams. The lack of an alliance has also hampered this business. ”
Voters facing greater disadvantages, whose average income fell nearly 9% in the metropolitan area last year (1,378 races). Based on IBGE data, researchers at PUC-RS, the Metropolis Observatory and the Latin American Network of Social Debt Observatories say this is the biggest drop since 2012.