Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, February 01, 2013

Simple money laundering

Convert cash to prepaid cash cards. Spend the money during the campaign. Who knows where the money came from or what it was used for? Simple, no?

Mexico: ruling party used $5.2 million cash cards
Mexican cash card
Mexico's Federal Electoral Institute has confirmed that President Enrique Pena Nieto's party spent about $5.2 million through electronic cash cards during last year's presidential campaign.

While opposition parties had charged the money represented illicit campaign financing, the institute said it found no evidence of that.

Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party has said the money was used for normal party personnel expenses…

Pena Nieto won the July elections, but was dogged by accusations from his opponents that his campaign used cash cards and handed out pre-paid gift cards to gain support.

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