Colombia

Santos’ stained campaign manager granted $17.5M in govt contracts after 2010 election

The company of Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos‘ former campaign manager, who admitted to accepting illegal campaign funds, has been granted $17.5 million in government contracts since Santos’ stained 2010 election.

This was revealed by a group of news media that had verified voluntary claims made by the President’s Office it had granted a total of $345,000 in contracts to Marketmedios, the family company of disgraced Santos ally Roberto Prieto.

Prieto has admitted to funneling illegal funds from Brazilian engineering company Odebrecht into Santos’ 2010 campaign and is accused of having done the same in 2014.

The investigation revealed Prieto has been assisting Santos politically since 2000 when he was the director of the Good Governance Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Santos to support his political ambitions and currently led by the president’s son, Martin Santos.

With the rise of Santos in politics, Prieto’s ties to current president has been an…

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