Mexico City.— Reyna Celeste Ascencio, deputy for Morena, presented an initiative to prevent civil organizations that receive donations from abroad from carrying out lobbying and strategic litigation activities.
The reform seeks to prevent international donations from being used to hinder projects -some of them from the federal government- or to promote and delay laws.
“In the event that organizations receive donations directly or indirectly from foreign governments or private corporations, they may not carry out the activities referred to in this section III (influence legislation or undertake strategic litigation actions)”, it states the initiative. .
The proposal that modifies article 82 of the Income Tax Law obliges said associations to inform the Tax Administration Service (SAT) and the Ministry of the Interior (Segob) of the amount of the donations, to break down their origin and to specify the percentage that constitutes your total income.
In addition, it establishes that the violation of these provisions will be cause for revocation of the authorization to receive deductible donations.
The proposal underlines that various projects of the federal government have been hindered by litigation and lobbying activities carried out by civil organizations that receive donations from abroad.
The foregoing, she maintains, because the so-called Fourth Transformation confronts many adversaries, among which are foreign interests and big capital.
“Various projects of the fourth transformation have been hindered by litigation and lobbying activities carried out by civil organizations and associations that are being financed by foreign powers and interests, which breaks with the principle of self-determination of peoples, using as a vehicle the paper that non-governmental organizations have in the defense of rights”, he affirms.
The initiative maintains that on some occasions, foreign interests collude with conservative groups in the country and use civil associations as a front.
He adds that this is contrary to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador attempt to separate political power from economic power.
The initiative takes place in the context of a confrontation between the federal government and US Senator Ted Cruz.
On February 17, the Republican senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, said he was concerned about the “deepening of civil unrest in Mexico” and the “collapse of civil society.”
In response, López Obrador affirmed that the criticism of the US legislator is a “ring of pride”.
For his part, on Tuesday, February 22, during his morning conference, López Obrador criticized the United States for not changing its foreign policy and continuing to finance organizations that they consider to be in opposition to his government.