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Parties purchase 24 vehicles worth R$100,000 or more with public funds

The largest fleet-building acronym was PSL, which originated as a fleet and became one of the largest in the country due to harboring Jair Bolsonaro.

Lucas Marchesini and Ranier Brago
Brazil D.F

Two Mitsubishi Pajeros, one of which is armored, a Range Rover and a Toyota Hilux are among 24 vehicles worth R$100,000 or more bought by political parties with public funds between 2017 and 2020. The acronym gathering the largest fleet was PSL, which: In order to shelter Jair Bolsonaro (now in LA) in the 2018 elections, he left the condition of being a runner and became one of the biggest in the country. In 2019, its public funds multiplied by five, reaching R$98 million. Today, the party is called União Brasil, the result of a merger with DEM.

The TSE (Supreme Electoral Court) system indicates that the PSL purchased seven vehicles for R$1.3 million. There are three for the Paraíba directory, two for the national directorate, one for El Salvador (BA) and one for the Jaraguá do Sul (SC) directory.

Data on public spending for the 2017-2020 quadrennial, by caption, was collected and organized by Movimento Transparência Partitaria.

The most expensive vehicle purchased by the PSL was a brand new black Land Rover Range Rover purchased by the Paraíba directory for R$381,000. Other cars bought by the directory were a black Volkswagen Tiguan that cost R$189,000; and Amarok of the same car manufacturer: 165 thousand.
All are high-class cars. Wanted, the party said only Amarok remains with the legend.

Federal deputy Julian Lemos (União Brasil-PB), then president of PSL-PB, stated that the council used the Tiguan for about a year “because it was not worth renting”. He also claimed that buying and selling a car is a bigger savings.

As for the Land Rover, the vehicle was purchased in December 2019 and returned to the shop in August 2020 at the same price of Rs 381,200. The party claimed it had concluded it was not worth the maintenance costs.


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According to Lemos, “the purchase has not even been finalized, the car has remained in the store.” The TSE system indicates the expenditure made in the accounts of 2019 and the same amount of income in 2020. “For a party of this size, having only one vehicle in the state for everything is the minimum. Party activities are carried out with the same party car,” said the deputy.

On the other hand, the PSL National Directorate bought a Toyota Hilux SRV for R$118,000 and a Toyota Corolla for R$100,000, both in 2019. that the purchase of vehicles is more profitable than the rental. “It was from this recommendation that União Brasil decided a few years ago to buy vehicles instead of leasing them. The two vehicles provided to the national leadership of the party are used for administrative activities and transportation of authorities,” he added.

The Salvadoran PSL directory bought a black armored Mitsubishi Pajero, 2015/2016, for R$125,000. The car followed with the then city party president Alberto Pimentel, who now leads the council of Feira de Santana (BA). “He was bought to help in party work. It’s a big and armored car that helps with safety and has a low market value compared to lower-powered new cars like the Corolla,” said Pimentel, who is married to congressional professor Diane Pimentel (União Brasil-BA ).

In total, 22 parties registered the purchase or financing of 80 vehicles between 2017 and 2020 for a total of BRL 6.9 million.


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Runt Patriota was the side who bought the most expensive car between 2017 and 2020, excluding the car bought and returned by PSL from Paraíba. It is a black Mitsubishi Pajero, R$ 260 thousand. The acronym has also acquired four other cars with a total cost of R$ 740 thousand, which makes it the champion of this type of expenditure in proportion to the value of the party fund received (0.65%).

The party had only six MPs when it went. Acronym President Adilson Barroso justified the acquisition of Folha at the time, saying that “every company that wants to get results in its work must have the necessary tools.”

Also among the most expensive cars is a Toyota Hilux purchased by a PP informant in Tocantins for R$213,000 in October 2020. The state directory is headed by Sen. Catia Abreu, who did not respond to questions by press time.

The parties also use the funds received from the federal government for other expenses related to transportation. There was BRL 27.5 million in fuel, and other transportation costs were classified as BRL 29 million, which include, for example, taxi, tolls and freight. In the case of air transport, BRL 100.4 million in tickets and BRL 20.2 million in aircraft charters.


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“Today, Brazilian parties are financed mainly from state funds, which have grown exponentially in recent years. What is seen in this period, however, are the proposals being discussed by the National Congress, which, under the pretext of ensuring the autonomy of subtitles, seek to make their obligations regarding the use of these resources more flexible and harder to discover. violations,” said Marcelo Issa, executive director of the party’s Transparency.

Isa pointed out that Electoral Justice uncovers many violations, often repeated, that have resulted in the return of millions of reais to the public treasury every year. “The way in which political parties use the public resources with which they are financed is a good indicator of how they should manage when occupying public administration.”

In recent years, it has become a tradition for Congress to pass mini-political and electoral reforms just before elections, usually relaxing enforcement, punishment and transparency rules.


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According to the law, political parties receive annual state funds for their financing, the party fund. This year’s forecast is distribution of around 1 billion rials, divided by the proportion of votes received by 32 parties in the elections to the Chamber of Deputies.


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There is a long list of irregular or questionable uses of these funds, including spending on luxury goods, expensive restaurants, among other purposes that are clearly unrelated to party activities.

For example, in 2017, the Federal Public Ministry obtained a breach of bank secrecy of the Parties (Republican Party of Social Order) to purchase a twin-engine helicopter using state money (Rs. 2.4 million). airplanes (R$400,000) and a number of properties, including a R$4.5 million mansion in Lago Sul, one of Brazil’s most exclusive regions.

In April 2022, the TSE rejected the party’s 2016 accounts and decided to return R$ 11 million to the state treasury, without proving that the acquisition of aircraft, real estate and vehicles was solely for the party’s purpose.

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