Come election time, political parties are desperate to access funding, especially sources of funding that effectively bypass the oversight of the electoral authorities. The ONPE, the entity in charge of administering electoral processes, has admitted that it is unable to establish the origin of cash flows to political parties from outside Peru. The case that worries them is the funding received by Fuerza Popular (Keiko Fujimori’s party) from a US organisation called LVF Liberty Institute. LVF Liberty Institute is registered in Delaware, one of the US states where reporting rules are most lax, but is based in fact in Dallas, Texas.

Luis Barboza Dávila, the person at ONPE in charge of tracing party contributions told the La República newspaper that it was beyond his area of responsibility to establish and regulate the origin of funds channelled through such institutions. All his office had been able to do was to write a letter to LVF Liberty Institute and await a reply.

It is beyond the competence of ONPE, for example, to examine whether campaign contributions are connected with money laundering. La República quotes Máximo Gallo, another official at ONPE, saying that the LVF Liberty Institute reveals that “the law has loop-holes (resquicios) that enable political parties to perpetrate fraud legally”.

Keiko Fujimori has said that the support received from LVF Liberty Institute was given with “complete transparency”, and that the organisation seeks to “strengthen institutions within Peru and that they, generously, have decided to make this contribution [220,000 soles] to our party”