Brazil Senator Said to Cite Bribes to Rousseff's PT: IstoE

Senator Delcidio do Amaral told prosecutors that President Dilma Rousseff’s Worker’s Party and her allied Brazilian Democratic Movement Party allegedly received about 45 million reais ($12.6 million) in bribes from Norte Energia SA, IstoE magazine reported, citing access to part of the lawmaker’s testimony.

The money was allegedly paid to the parties’ campaigns in 2010 and 2014 after Norte Energia won a 25 billion-real contract in 2010 to build the hydroelectric power plant Belo Monte, according to IstoE. The testimony was given by Amaral after he signed a plea-bargain deal with prosecutors related to the so-called Carwash corruption case, IstoE said.

The article doesn’t say how it obtained the testimony, which is sealed, nor does it contain any comment from any of the parties mentioned.

Rousseff’s and Vice President Michel Temer’s 2014 campaign finances were reviewed and approved by Brazil’s electoral tribunal TSE, according to an e-mailed statement by Flavio Caetano, the campaign’s legal coordinator.

PT said it has only received legal campaign donations. Norte Energia, Amaral’s lawyer and PMDB didn’t return e-mails and phone calls seeking comment.

The Carwash probe involves allegations that contractors formed a cartel to win bids at state-run Petrobras SA, then rewarded politicians and political parties with kickbacks.

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