The successful 2014 re-election campaign of President Dilma Rousseff may have been financed, in part, by money siphoned from state-run oil company Petrobras, Federal Judge Sérgio Moro said Monday. Moro has been presiding over a sprawling bribery and money laundering investigation involving Petrobras, former administration officials and executives at major private contractors. In a report to elections officials, Moro said evidence exists that Petrobras officials may have siphoned money from the company, handing it over to contractors for use as donations to the Rousseff campaign. On paper, many of the donations were legal. However, according to Moro, evidence exists that the money for the donations was originally embezzled from the state-run oil company. Brazil’s Supreme Electoral Court is currently examining a suit brought by opposition political parties against Rousseff. The court is expected to issue a pronouncement on the suit later this month.
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