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Paula Oliveto

Paula Oliveto
National Deputy
Assumed office
10 December 2017
ConstituencyCity of Buenos Aires
President of Civic Coalition ARI
Assumed office
25 October 2016
Preceded byMaximiliano Ferraro
Legislator of the City of Buenos Aires
In office
10 December 2013 – 10 December 2017
Auditor of the City of Buenos Aires
In office
20 December 2007 – 1 July 2013
Personal details
Born
Paula Mariana Oliveto Lago

(1973-02-10) 10 February 1973 (age 51)
Mataderos, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Political partyCivic Coalition ARI
Other political
affiliations
Alma materUniversity of Buenos Aires
OccupationLawyer, politician
Websitepaulaolivetolago.com.ar Edit this at Wikidata

Paula Mariana Oliveto Lago (born 10 February 1973) is an Argentine lawyer and politician. She is currently a member of the national Chamber of Deputies elected in the city of Buenos Aires for the 2021–2025 term. She is also president of Civic Coalition ARI (CC-ARI).

Early life and career

Paula Oliveto was born in Buenos Aires on 10 February 1973,[1][a] where she attended primary and secondary school. She studied law at the University of Buenos Aires, graduating in 1997, and specialized in state financial administration at the Argentine Budget Association.[1]

Pre-political work

She directed the Pluralist Foundation's Lisandro de la Torre Center for Transparency in Public and Private Management from 2004 to 2007, and was an auditor of the city of Buenos Aires from 2007 to 2013. In the latter year, she was elected legislator.

Legislator of the City of Buenos Aires (2013–2017)

Oliveto was elected to the Buenos Aires City Legislature in September 2013,[3] and took office on 10 December. In July 2017, as the president of the CC-ARI bloc, together with the PRO and Confianza Pública [es] blocs, she formed the Vamos Juntos [es] Interbloc, creating a majority in the legislature.[4]

This bloc brought accusations against various politicians and businessmen of Cristina Kirchner's government.[5][6]

Oliveto was vice president of the Security Commission, and a voting member of the following commissions:

  • Board of Ethics, Agreements, and Control Bodies
  • Budget, Finance, Financial Administration, and Tax Policy
  • Economic Development, Mercosur, and Employment Policy
  • Justice[7]

National deputy

Oliveto became president of CC-ARI on 25 October 2016.[1] On 10 December 2017, she became a member of the Chamber of Deputies representing the city of Buenos Aires.[2]

Fishy contributors scandal

Paula Oliveto was involved in events which came to light in July 2018, related to private contributions for the 2015 general and the 2017 legislative elections. This became known as the fishy contributors scandal [es] (Spanish: escándalo de aportantes truchos).[8]

The journalistic portal El Destape [es] obtained access to a document that proved that Horacio Rodríguez Larreta's administration had set up a scheme to take money from the government of Buenos Aires and funnel it to Elisa Carrió's campaign.[9]

Through resolution No. 91, the Buenos Aires government had decided to allocate remuneration units – that is, an extra salary supplement that is given in exceptional cases – to some 22 public employees in different areas. The amounts to be delivered ranged from 10,000 to 120,000 pesos. But just three months later, according to the National Electoral Chamber, all of the recipients made donations to Elisa Carrió's campaign. These all took place on the same day, in the same amount, and in the same form: 25,000 pesos in cash, thus totaling 300,000 pesos (18,113 US dollars).[9]

People came forward who denied having made financial contributions: from school counselors and retirees to city councilors. The victims expressed "fear of a possible loss of employment if their names are made known to public opinion."[10] They worked for entities including the Federal Public Revenue Agency (AFIP), the security forces, and the City of Buenos Aires. Employees of the government of Buenos Aires, "said they were victims of the crime of identity theft,"[11] as they appeared as private contributors for the 2015 election campaign, "but also for the Cambiemos Buenos Aires alliance in 2017 and the Vamos Juntos political alliance also in 2017, and which led to the candidates Elisa Carrió and María del Carmen Polledo becoming deputies." Employees claimed to know of "a mechanism implemented repeatedly over time" to introduce illegal money and/or public funds to finance several of Carrió's campaigns. In this mechanism, according to the complaint, the city employees' personal data was falsely introduced, and the officials responsible for the different ministerial areas were listed as contributors.[12]

Osvaldo Marasco, former Cambiemos candidate for mayor of Ituzaingó in the 2015 elections, maintained that Oliveto had proven knowledge of the existence of suspicious contributions in Macrist electoral campaigns, but that she avoided denouncing the maneuver before the judiciary.[13] Marasco added "I had gone through people from the ARI who were on my list – they told Carrió and Paula Olivetto, and they said: 'With this we can do nothing.'"[14] He also involved María Eugenia Vidal in his statements. According to Marasco, the maneuver originated with "the Capital boys", who had since become second-tier or third-tier directors and officials, "blocs" for the gnocchi of the Buenos Aires government, with contracts. "The campaign was banked with silver from the Federal Capital and there was María Eugenia Vidal, I was at the lunches. At that time they were (Horacio Rodríguez) Larreta, (Diego) Santilli, Rogelio Frigerio, Durán Barba, (Edgardo) Cenzón, who was fundamental because he handled the money." He received threats after making these statements.[15]

Implication in political espionage case

The Parlasur deputy Eduardo Valdés denounced Elisa Carrió, Oliveto, and Mariana Zuvic to the judiciary for violation of the Intelligence Law, violation of secrecy, aggravated cover-up, slander, and false denunciation. Valdés said that in the framework of the D'Alessio scandal [es], "the deputies of the Civic Coalition used transcriptions of illegal eavesdropping in the Ezeiza prison", and that "they wanted to take responsibility for instigating the complaint against Stornelli [es]." In that sense, he said he was "certain that Marcelo D'Alessio was handed over to Oliveto", and recalled that "Oliveto herself acknowledged having spoken with the extortionist and spy after having been raided by Judge Alejo Ramos Padilla [es]."[16] Thus, the disputed "used illegal material" to organize a press campaign "to curb and muddy the investigation of Ramos Padilla," so that for Valdés "they acted as covert agents of D'Alessio and his band."[17]

In early April, Ernesto Barreiro [es], a former spy from the Federal Intelligence Agency (AFI) and right-hand man of Marcelo D'Alessio, was a fugitive. After his arrest, he was taken to testify before the judge in the case, where he showed messages and calls to Civic Coalition deputy Paula Oliveto. He said he knew that they met regularly and even that she also had several meetings in the National Congress with Cambiemos deputy Elisa Carrió. He said that deputies asked D'Alessio for information,[18] and that the false lawyer provided them with facts obtained from illegal espionage about opposition leaders.[19]

As a result of these events, the FpV-PJ bloc of deputies requested that legislators Elisa Carrió and Paula Oliveto be removed from the National Congress, "due to moral incapacity arising in the exercise of their functions."[20] The draft resolution was formally presented on 21 March 2019.[21]

Notes

  1. ^ Her official page on the Chamber of Deputies website lists her birthdate as 31 December 1969.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Paula Oliveto Lago" (in Spanish). Civic Coalition ARI. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Paula Mariana Oliveto Lago" (in Spanish). Argentine Chamber of Deputies. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  3. ^ Parrilla, Juan (7 September 2013). "Se definieron las listas de candidatos por la Ciudad" [Lists of Candidates Defined by the City]. Infobae (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  4. ^ Lazo, Alejandra (6 July 2017). "Vamos Juntos estrenó interbloque" [Vamos Juntos Introduces Interbloc] (in Spanish). ADN Ciudad. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Denuncian que el zar del juego Cristóbal López se controlaba a sí mismo" [Complaint That Game Czar Cristóbal López Controlled It Himself]. Clarín (in Spanish). 25 September 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Oliveto confirmó que Carrió 'va a ratificar la denuncia' contra Arribas" [Oliveto Confirms That Carrió 'Will Ratify the Complaint' Against Arribas]. Perfil (in Spanish). 19 January 2017. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Paula Oliveto Lago será nombrada presidenta del partido de la CC-ARI porteña" [Paula Oliveto Lago Will Be Named CC-ARI Party's President of Buenos Aires]. Nueva Ciudad (in Spanish). 25 October 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Denuncian que hubo aportantes 'truchos' en la campaña de Cambiemos" ['Fishy' Contributors in the Cambiemos Campaign Denounced]. La Gaceta (in Spanish). Buenos Aires. 18 July 2018. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  9. ^ a b Amorín, Juan Ignacio (29 July 2018). "Aportantes de Carrió: la triangulación de dinero público a través de empleados de la Ciudad" [Carrió's Contributors: The Triangulation of Public Money Through City Employees]. El Destape Web (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Piden investigar las campañas de Elisa Carrió y Mauricio Macri" [Investigation Called For Into the Campaigns of Elisa Carrió and Mauricio Macri] (in Spanish). América 24. 30 July 2018. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  11. ^ Salinas, Lucía (29 July 2018). "Aportes electorales truchos: ahora involucran a la lista de Elisa Carrió en 2017" [Fishy Electoral Contributions: Now Involving Elisa Carrió's 2017 List]. Clarín (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  12. ^ Chabay, Ezequiel M. (31 July 2018). "La polémica de los aportantes falsos golpea en la Ciudad" [The False Contributors Controversy Hits the City]. El Cronista (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  13. ^ "Quién es Paula Oliveto, la 'abanderada anticorrupción' que acumula escándalos" [Who is Paula Oliveto, the 'Anti-Corruption Standard Bearer' That Accumulates Scandals]. Infonews (in Spanish). 14 March 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Un excandidato a intendente de Cambiemos aseguró que Carrió sabía sobre los aportantes truchos" [A Former Cambiemos Mayoral Candidate Says That Carrió Knew About the Fishy Contributors]. Política Argentina (in Spanish). 25 July 2018. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  15. ^ "Aseguran que Carrió sabía la trama de los aportantes truchos y no lo denunció" [Assurances That Carrió Knew of the Fishy Contributors Plot and Did Not Report It]. Ámbito Financiero (in Spanish). 24 July 2018. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  16. ^ "Denunciaron penalmente a Carrió, Oliveto y Zuvic por espionaje ilegal" [Carrió, Oliveto, and Zuvic Criminally Denounced For Illegal Espionage]. Portal de Noticias (in Spanish). 31 March 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  17. ^ "'Realizaron espionaje político'" ['They Carried Out Political Espionage']. Página/12 (in Spanish). 31 March 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  18. ^ Espósito, Néstor (2 April 2019). "¿Qué declaró el exespía Barreiro? Los vínculos de D'Alessio con Bonadio, Oliveto y Bullrich" [What Did the Ex-Spy Barreiro Declare? D'Alessio's Links With Bonadio, Oliveto, and Bullrich]. Tiempo Argentino (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  19. ^ Caram, Sofía (3 April 2019). "Los 7 temas que tocó Rolo Barreiro" [The 7 Subjects Touched on by Rolo Barreiro]. Página/12 (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  20. ^ "Piden excluir a las diputadas Carrió y Oliveto del Congreso por 'inhabilidad moral'" [Request to Remove Deputies Carrió and Oliveto From Congress for 'Moral Incapacity']. Ámbito Financiero (in Spanish). 21 March 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  21. ^ "Expediente 0922-D-2019" (in Spanish). Argentine Chamber of Deputies. 21 March 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
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