Brazil’s government has one of the best transparency in the world, but it is not explored enough by media. My project, Marco Zero, want to make the Congress data accessible to all audiences, especially with upcoming ellections. In this article, made with The Intercept Brasil, we wanted to go public with the use of taxpayers’ money. I discovered in the open data available by National Congress that 41 federal deputies from over 14 states and the Federal District spent in 2017 at least R$ 754 thousand of taxpayers’ money to buy news stories on websites, blogs, newspapers, and influential magazines in the states where they were elected. Overall, the analysis comprised more than two thousand invoices – available on the Chamber of Deputies’ transparency website – of communication companies that received money for promoting parliamentary activity. From that amount, 316 receipts issued by 61 companies between January 1st and November 4th presented explicit references to the publication of news stories.Many paid stories were not even identified as such in their publication. The topic has been overlooked by the Chamber’s supervision, which is essentially based on rules limited to the accounting scope.My project is very small, so I worked with Intercept to gain visibility to this matter and to sold this article to mantain my expenses, once it took 3 months to analise all of it.
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- http://Translation: http://www.marcozero.info/artigo-enus.doc
- http://Data source: https://dadosabertos.camara.leg.br/swagger/api.html
- http://Visualization (companies): https://public.tableau.com/profile/guilherme.martins2867#!/vizhome/Empresasjornalsticaspagaspelacotaparlamentar/Empresas
- http://Visualization (deputies expenses): https://public.tableau.com/profile/guilherme.martins2867#!/vizhome/Empresasjornalsticaspagaspelacotaparlamentar/Deputados
- http://Jarbas Platform (deputies receipts): http://jarbas.serenatadeamor.org/dashboard/chamber_of_deputies/reimbursement/