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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 25, 2016, 05:59 PM

5. Ah, the 3 million peso question.

We know his presidential campaign received at least 3 million pesos ($350,000 at the time) from one of the top municipal contractors during his tenure as mayor - which is explicitly illegal in Argentina (the case is currently bogged down in the courts).


Macri, of course, was the favorite of large campaign contributors in general, and was known to reap as much as 120 million pesos ($14 million at the time) in a single black tie dinner.


All these subsequent revelations do indeed suggest that his campaign may have received - even solicited - large (illegal) donations from foreign sources. Whether this includes busy bodies in the CIA, right-wingers in Brazil, narcos in Colombia, or other miscreants like Singer, we'll probably never know.

But even if that had been in fact the case, I still believe that what gave him the critical edge in what was, after all, a narrow victory, was aggressive support from Argentine big media. The Fox News/Limbaugh effect is, unfortunately, quite real, and tends to work best in countries where you have white majorities feeling anxious about the "browning" of the country they live in.

That was probably worth more to his campaign than any millions his friends might have thrown at him.

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