Candidacy sale scandal sinks far-right candidate Javier Milei in Argentina

The far-right candidate for the presidency of Argentina, Javier Milei, is in the middle of a scandal that has left him behind in the electoral race.

Justice is investigating whether Milei has sold places on the electoral lists of his political party, La Libertad Avanza (LLA), in exchange for large sums of money in U.S. currency.

Accusations of selling candidacies

Businessmen, lawyers and politicians have denounced that Milei’s entourage requests payments ranging from US$10,000 to US$100,000 in exchange for ceding their names for electoral ballots. These accusations have been cited in the investigation opened against the ultra-right candidate.

Carlos Maslatón, former political ally of Milei, affirmed that within the LLA party there is a selection of candidates according to the money they can contribute. Businessman Juan Carlos Blumberg has also accused members of the party of selling candidacies in exchange for 50,000 dollars.

Investigation for violation of the Political Party Financing Law

In addition to the ethical reproaches, the justice system is investigating whether Milei’s entourage has incurred in any crime, such as violation of the Political Party Financing Law. This rule establishes that any contribution to the political campaign must be made through a bank account, and financing in cash is illegal.

If it is proven that Milei and his party have accepted cash payments in exchange for candidacies, they could face serious legal consequences.

Milei defends himself and fights back

In the face of the accusations, Milei has denied all allegations and defended his financing system. At first, he justified the requested payments by arguing that traditional politicians are financed with state money, while he and his party self-finance the campaign.

However, he has changed his discourse and announced that he will take legal action against those who spread “blatant lies” about him and his party.

Fall in the polls and criticism from politicians

The candidate-selling scandal has come at a crucial moment for Milei, three and a half months before the presidential elections. Polls show a significant drop in voting intention for La Libertad Avanza, with support ranging between 16% and 19%.

This represents a decline of almost ten percentage points from the party’s peak of popularity. In addition, politicians who previously praised Milei have begun to distance themselves from him and his proposals.

Controversial Proposals and Loss of Popularity

Milei has gained notoriety for his controversial proposals, which range from the dollarization of the Argentine economy to the repeal of the abortion law, a public pay-as-you-go health care system and increased deployment of the military.

However, these proposals have ceased to set the political agenda and have contributed to the far-right candidate’s loss of popularity. In addition, La Libertad Avanza candidates have suffered resounding failures in provincial elections, which has further weakened the party’s position.

Touring neighboring countries

While facing the scandal in Argentina, Milei has been touring neighboring countries, where he has had a better reception. During a conference in Chile, he charged against President Gabriel Boric, calling him an “impoverisher”.

These attacks have generated responses from Chilean politicians, who have asked Milei to restrict his campaign to Argentina and not to extend it to Chile.

Electoral perspectives

Although polls show a drop in the voting intention for La Libertad Avanza, the opposition coalition Juntos por el Cambio (Together for Change) still does not manage to overcome Peronism in electoral preferences.

For the moment, Peronism led by Sergio Massa remains in second place, closely followed by Juntos por el Cambio, which adds candidates Patricia Bullrich and Horacio Rodríguez Larreta. The decision of the undecided will be decisive to define the outcome of the presidential elections.

Conclusion

The scandal of the sale of candidacies has left Javier Milei in an unfavorable position in the Argentinean electoral race. Accusations of soliciting payments in exchange for places on electoral lists have damaged the image of the far-right candidate and weakened his party, La Libertad Avanza.

Although Milei has defended himself and fought back, he faces the challenge of regaining the trust of voters and improving his position in the polls. The outcome of the presidential election will depend on how the next few months unfold and on the decisions of the undecided.