An Update on Brazil’s Vote-for-Pay Scandal

    Since the middle of last year the Brazilian political scene has been mostly dominated by a scandal that is known as the "Mensalão" (Big Monthly Allowance), a slush fund.

    The fund was operated by an adman, Marcos Valério, and the former treasurer of the Workers Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores) (PT), Delúbio Soares, which paid a sort of monthly allowance to some members of Congress so they would vote with the government.

    A lot of people received payments through what is called the Valerioduct. But no one admits that the payments were a monthly allowance; rather all the accused say they were getting money to pay off campaign debts. That would make any wrongdoing an electoral crime; in other words, a misdemeanor.

    So far 19 members of Congress have been accused in the case, but only tree have been expelled from the House. Here is a rundown on what has happened to them up to the moment.

    Expelled:

    José Dirceu (PT-São Paulo)
    Roberto Jefferson (PTB-Rio de Janeiro)
    Pedro Correa (PP-Pernambuco)

    Resigned to escape punishment:

    Bispo Rodrigues (PL-Rio de Janeiro)
    Valdemar Costa Neto (PL-São Paulo)
    Paulo Rocha (PT-Pará)
    José Borba (PMDB-Paraná)

    Absolved:

    Sandro Mabel (PL-Goiás)
    Romeu Queiroz (PTB-Minas Gerais)
    Roberto Brant (PFL-Minas Gerais)
    Professor Luizinho (PT-São Paulo)
    João Magno (PT-Minas Gerais)
    Pedro Henry (PP-Mato Grosso)
    Wanderval Santos (PL-São Paulo)

    Awaiting a floor vote:

    João Paulo Cunha (PT-São Paulo)

    Awaiting a decision by the Ethics Council:

    José Mentor (PT-São Paulo)
    José Janene (PP-Paraná)
    Josias Gomes (PT-Bahia)
    Vadão Gomes (PP-São Paulo)

    ABr

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