Analysis: Donations From Brazil Farm Sector Boost Bolsonaro’s Re-election bid (Reuters)

  • Agribusiness leaders contributed the lion’s share of financing for President Jair Bolsonaro’s re-election campaign, underscoring his close ties with farm interests, while his leftist challenger relied almost exclusively on public party funding.Individual donors contributed nearly 80% of Bolsonaro’s campaign funds, and 33 of his 50 biggest donors had ties to agribusiness, according to a Reuters analysis of data from electoral authority TSE.
  • By contrast, Lula and his Workers Party (PT) have ties to the Landless Workers Movement (MST), which has challenged traditional property rights, stoking tensions with landowners. Bolsonaro is a harsh critic of the MST and has also sided with farmers in land conflicts involving indigenous claims. READ MORE

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