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Rio’s Pezão Accused of Receiving R$23 Million Slush Fund Donation

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A former Odebrecht executive stated on Wednesday that the construction conglomerate donated R$23 million to a slush fund to be used in the 2014 gubernatorial campaign of Rio de Janeiro’s governor Luiz Fernando Pezão. The governor’s press secretary issued a statement denying the illegal contributions.

“The governor reaffirms that all donations were made in accordance with the electoral legislation,” read the statement sent out to local media on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the former executive, Benedicto Barbosa da Silva Júnior, in his second plea bargaining . . .

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