Morena, the political party of the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has lodged a complaint with the National Electoral Institute (INE) asking the electoral authority to decide on US funding for the Association of Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity (MCCI).
Morena’s representative before the INE, Deputy Sergio Carlos Gutiérrez Luna, who filed the complaint, has insisted that foreign governments are “prohibited” from funding “opposition groups”.
“Mexicans against corruption are part of the opposition in Mexico and receive funding from abroad. This is prohibited by law,” he said according to the local newspaper ‘La Jornada’.
According to López Obrador, Washington has allocated nearly 50 million pesos (more than two million euros) to the MCCI through the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
The president on Friday accused Washington of “interventionism” for the funding, saying that a diplomatic note had been sent to get “an explanation” about it.
He criticized the MCCI for being “committed” to the attack on the Mexican government and stated that it was a group that “contradicted” the Mexican executive and was “expressly in its political militancy against the government”. “The Constitution (of Mexico) prohibits you from getting money from another country for political pressure,” he repeated.
The MCCI is defined on its website as a “nonprofit civil association” committed to consolidating the rule of law in Mexico through a comprehensive agenda to prevent, report, punish and eradicate systemic corruption and impunity prevalent among the public in private systems ” of the Latin American country.