Dilma’s campaign paid Temer’s advisors during 2014 campaign

Folha de S. Paulo reported on 28 November 2016, the campaign of Dilma Rousseff paid the salaries of personal advisors to then-Vice President and current President Michel Temer in 2014. According to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), Dilma Rousseff’s campaign remunerated Márcio Freitas, current Secretary of Communication for Temer, and Nara de Deus Vieira, the chief of Temer’s cabinet, even though Temer had registered his own account with the Electoral Justice Ministry. These findings contradict one of the major arguments in Temer’s defense against the cancellation of the entire Dilma/Temer ticket and his own impeachment. The argument held that with an independent account that Temer could not be held responsible for eventual irregularities during the campaign. Freitas, for his part, has argued the defense strategy was always based on the separation of campaign receipts, not expenses (Valor). The PSDB, which lost the 2014 presidential election in the second round, had initially submitted multiple appeals regarding the outcome, citing an abuse of power by the Dilma/Temer ticket. A decision by the TSE regarding the cancellation of the ticket is expected during the first quarter of 2017.