By KELIN DILLON
New reports have revealed that Mexico’s in-power leftist National Regeneration Movement (Morena) used 64 shell companies to issue 2,445 invoices totaling to 31 million pesos over the years, a practice it has long admonished and lambasted opponents for doing.
Morena has allegedly used these ghost invoicing companies since the party’s creation in 2014, beginning the practice just one month later, which helped it avoid the payment of tax on funding to the country’s Tax Administration System (SAT).
In 2017, when currently Secretary of Public Education (SEP) Delfina Gómez Álvarez was campaigning as Morena’s candidate for governor of the State of Mexico (Edoméx), one shell company invoiced 1.6 million pesos for a campaign rally.
“Goodbye corruption that has done so much damage to our country and our people,” Gómez ironically said at the time.
Morena has said it has not used shell companies in its financial practices, though information from the Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit (SCHP) and the National Electoral Institute (INE) both refute this claim.