PIP Presents Plan to Stop Political Donations
SAN JUAN – Following federal convictions of people linked to the Popular Democratic Party (PDP), Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP by its Spanish initials) Senate and House candidates, Juan Dalmau and Denis Márquez, respectively, committed to launch a reform in campaign financing.
“Without a reform to campaign financing and necessary limitations and audits, the embarrassing acts of public corruption the country has suffered too many times will keep repeating themselves,” expressed Dalmau.
He added he and Márquez intend to launch legislation based on three criteria: a limited media campaign two months prior to the general election on Nov. 8; the prohibition of private donations, based on a minimum public finance donation audited by the Electoral Comptroller’s Office; and the use of public media for informative capsules.
As part of the PIP’s anti-corruption legislative plan, Márquez emphasized the adverse effect of political donations in the Legislature.
“Everybody knows the reason why a great session for the consideration of pending legislation isn’t convoked is because the House is under Jaime Perelló’s ‘retention.’ The tentacles of political donations have affected the people economically, and have paralysed legislative process,” he denounced.
The pro-independence legislator reiterated that a vote for him is the most efficient way to prevent Perelló from returning to the House of Representatives.