Campaign financing by environmental offenders in the Amazon and legislative proposals in Congress: CIPÓ’s New Report

In the last 4 years, the Brazilian government and the country’s National Congress have acted to loosen Brazil’s environmental legislation.

The advance or retreat of bills in the environmental area responds not only to the pressure from domestic actors such as lobbyists, unions, civil society organizations, businessmen, and campaign funders but also from international actors.

Against this background, CIPÓ’s new Strategic Report, entitled “Money, power and laws: campaign financing from environmental offenders in the Legal Amazon and legislative proposals in the National Congress.” The article analyzes the performance of Brazilian parliamentarians from the Legal Amazon states, based on the propositions of bills in the socio-environmental area, compared against an analysis of donations to the campaigns of candidates (at the presidential, governor, state and national congress levels) that ran for office in 2018.

In partnership with Lagom Data, CIPÓ assessed donations made by individuals and shareholders of companies that were subject to fines and/or embargoes for environmental violations in the Legal Amazon between July 1998 and February 2022. The objective is to facilitate the understanding of the relationships between campaign financing and possible efforts to loosen Brazil’s existing environmental legislation.

Based on these analyses, CIPÓ researchers Gabrielle Alves and Renata Albuquerque Ribeiro offer recommendations for initiatives and public policies aimed at strengthening transparency and public participation in the process of formulating laws in the environmental area.

As a result of the study, released on September 5, a series of interactive graphic and databases were produced, which compile the following analysis and information:

  • Click here to access the graphics illustrating the donations made by environmental offenders in the Amazon to the campaigns of candidates in Brazil’s 2018 national elections (including candidates for the National Congress, state legislative assemblies, the Presidency and state governments) by individuals and shareholders of companies that were fined and/or embargoed for environmental violations in the Legal Amazon;
  • Click here to access the Socio-Environmental Legislative Radar, which compiles data on environmental related bills introduced in the National Congress by parliamentarians from the Legal Amazon states, between January 2019 and May 2022.
Plataforma CIPÓ
Plataforma CIPÓhttps://plataformacipo.org/
Plataforma CIPÓ is an independent, women-led policy institute focusing on climate, governance, and peacebuilding in Latin America and the Caribbean and, more generally, the Global South.

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