MEXICO CITY, July 8 (Reuters) – Mexican media on Thursday released a video of a brother of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador receiving piles of money several years ago, just ahead of a nationwide vote in which the ruling party was in competition. his first election.
The new video marks the second time a brother of the president can be seen accepting large sums of money, several years before Lopez Obrador claimed a landslide victory in the 2018 presidential election by promising to root out endemic corruption .
In the video released Thursday night by Mexican media Latinus, Martin Jesus Lopez Obrador can be seen receiving an envelope filled with a large stack of bills, which one narrator said totaled 150,000 pesos ($ 7,500) and were part of ‘a set of recurring payments. .
According to Latinus, the video was shot in 2015 just before the election in which Lopez Obrador’s new Morena party contested its first elections.
Latinus added that the money had never been reported to election authorities by Morena and could constitute a campaign finance violation.
The man in the video giving the money to the president’s younger brother is David Leon, a political agent who served as an advisor to Lopez Obrador before heading up Mexico’s civil protection agency. He left the public service last August.
The president’s spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Leon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Martin Jesus Lopez Obrador could not immediately be reached for comment.
Leon was also filmed giving another brother of Lopez Obrador’s – Pio Lopez Obrador – wads of cash in separate videos posted by Latinus last year.
The then president said the money came from legal contributions from his supporters and was used for the 2015 election. He denied the payments amounted to bribery, but asked the attorney general’s office to ‘investigate.
Responding to videos posted last year, Leon said that from 2013 to 2018, he worked as a consultant “not a civil servant”, adding that he supported Lopez Obrador’s political movement by “raising money from knowledge to organize gatherings and other activities. . “
($ 1 = 19.9947 Mexican pesos)
Reporting by David Alire Garcia and Sharay Angulo; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan
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