On November 10, 2012, Rafael Correa and the then Minister Jorge Glas announced their participation in the elections of February 2013. Photo: Archivo / El Telégrafo The accounts of the campaigns of Rafael Correa and Alianza PAIS will be analyzed again.
The former secretary of list 35 says that there was no money from companies. RELATED NEWS Former secretaries of PAIS defend themselves and go to the Office of the Prosecutor On February 6, 2013, Ecuador reached the final stretch of the presidential elections.
On that date, the triumph of Rafael Correa and his ballot partner, Jorge Glas, was a fact. That same day Laura T., then assistant to the presidential adviser Pamela M., sent her an email updating her with the payment of suppliers for the campaign.
The email was used in code, according to the investigation of the Office of the Prosecutor, to hide supposedly illegal contributions of national and foreign companies for the binomial.
They concealed this hiding system as “Arroz Verde”, which is the name that Laura T. gave her in another email with Pamela M. Today the two are being detained and are being investigated for a concert of alleged crimes ranging from bribery, money laundering until the illicit association.
One hypothesis of the prosecution is that these emails reveal a plot to hide the prohibited contributions in favor of the reelection of Correa and the candidates of PAIS for the 2014 sectionals. The exmandatario said that the complaint had no basis.
He said that the alleged evidence was from November 2013, when he was already president of the country. But, in the February 2013 dialogue, Laura T. describes campaign expenses, such as murals, vehicle rentals, platforms and sound for small events.
For the murals and vehicles he wrote contributions for more than $ 154,000. While for smaller scale meetings, $ 313,600. In addition, specified that for the “events” in Spain and the United States several companies left more than 336,000 dollars. Rafael Correa was in Spain at the end of November 2012, a few days after he confirmed his participation in the presidential elections with Jorge Glas.
That visit was fulfilled as the First President and outside the time allocated for the campaign. The data of the mail of Laura T., until the moment, is the conductive thread of the investigations.
For example, the figures in your files differ with the documents submitted by Alianza PAIS to justify your expenses for Correa’s re-election. The report delivered to the CNE by the executive secretary, Galo Mora; by the person in charge of the economy, Paulina Espinosa; and by the accountant Rolando Carrera, he pointed out that there were no contributions from national or foreign companies.
They certified contributions for $ 1.2 million and that the greatest benefactor was the PAIS movement itself, with more than $ 700,000. In addition, they asserted that they spent 1,174 million, allocating almost half of that money to personnel expenses and to the elaboration of promotional items.
These figures caused distrust in the current members of the CNE, who arranged for their PAIS accounts to be opened to verify if what they say is true. (I) In 2015, the CNE endorsed the report CONCLUSIONES The National Electoral Council reviewed the accounts of Rafael Correa’s re-election campaign.
That analysis ended with the conclusion that “a total of $ 1,168,864 was evidenced, both for expenses and expenditures”. In addition, he verified that there was no excess of the amount of electoral spending. Now the CNE will review this account again. (I)