Money And Politics

Chile requires important gains in productivity to continue to develop. These gains are increasingly more difficult to achieve, because those who have historically benefited from existing barriers are able to block any change. Transparent financing policy and lobby would help facilitate these reforms. Tobacco companies are always present in the financing of campaigns, he said, indignantly, Deputy Enrique Accorsi in late January, during the processing of the tobacco act. Why we are concerned that promote a transparent funding and regulate the lobby added. Elministro Manalich shared the frustration of the Deputy, claiming that there is a systematic influence where the industry spends enormous resources to represent their interests. If there are members of Parliament that they are funded by tobacco companies we don’t know. Who are? How much they receive? What are the communications companies that advise tobacco companies and how much they spend enterprises in these services? On the webpage of British American Tobacco Chile, at least, found nothing thereon. What I found instead were the standards of conduct of the company, stating that he manages its business with honesty, integrity and transparency. Diagnosis reserved in Chile, companies can finance the campaigns and political parties in a reserved manner, i.e. without that citizens know how their representatives are financed. This is legal and companies can obtain tax benefits. I.e., if elministro Manalich and Deputy Accorsi are right, which is highly likely, all Chileans are subsidizing to tobacco companies when they expend resources to finance lobbyists and parliamentarians. Says Claudio Agostini in a recent work, the party that receives more reserved donations is the UDI. Indeed, candidates to the Parliament of the UDI received more than doubled donations reserved than its partners of RN in the 2009 elections. Without limits the most candidates stated that their contenders did not follow the campaign spending limits set forth in the law of 2003.