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Running presidential candidate for Mexico fined for buying signatures

Nuevo León, Mexico — The Superior Chamber of the Electoral Court has fined a running presidential candidate for buying signatures.

Current running presidential candidate Jaime Rodríguez Calderón, who is also referred to as El Bronco, has been fined more than 700,000 peso for electoral violations.

The Superior Chamber of the Electoral Court confirmed that Jaime Rodríguez Calderón illegally financed the collection of signatures to obtain the presidential candidacy.

The magistrates carried out an investigation after concerns were raised by the National Electoral Institute (INE) regarding irregularities after they found a report when reviewing the income and expenses for the collection of signatures for the candidate.

“The Institute carried out an investigation that yielded the information that corroborated the existence of an irregularity in the received contributions, consisting of a triangulation of resources, which made it possible to infer that the source came from a prohibited entity,” says part of the Court’s statement.

The court, headed by Judge Janine Otálora Malassis, found three types of prohibited financing mechanisms in his campaign. First was the provision of administrative personnel of the state government of Nuevo León (persons who collected signatures in favor of the candidate).

Second was the contribution of cash resources of companies of a commercial nature through bank transfers that simulated donating as supporters and the dispersion of resources through credit cards.

Thirdly, Jaime Rodríguez Calderón not only obtained irregular signatures to obtain his registration, he also used 652 public servants of Nuevo León to obtain citizen support, the court noting that they were performing duties unrelated to their jobs during working hours.

He was found guilty of obtaining triangulated resources of prohibited origin for more than 13 million peso, including simulating contributions from citizens when the money came from companies and their assistants without reporting it on their expenses. In total, he was fined 739,000 peso.