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Brazil’s campaign funding still favors the election of white men

Sanny Figueiredo, the first black woman to ever run for the Senate representing the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, campaigned on a platform that defended public policies aimed at women and reducing social inequalities. But she never polled at more than 1 percent, and on Election Day she received a mere 0.54 percent of the vote. After a quick glance at the details of her campaign, it’s no surprise why.

Ms. Figueiredo received just BRL 100,000 (USD 18,547) from her party, the Brazilian Socialist Party, to run her campaign. In contrast, the winning candidate, current Vice-President Hamilton Mourão, had…

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