The organizer of the popular referendum that demands the possibility for
Colombian President Álvaro Uribe to be re-elected continues to refuse
to disclose the financiers of the project.
Luis Guillermo Giraldo, secretary of coalition party Partido de la U, told Caracol Radio the 1.9 billion pesos (US$ 1 million) to fund the popular vote came of “a non-profit organization, which was created a few years ago and has its statutes.”
The foundation that financed the referendum is called Colombia Primero and has not the same members as Primero Colombia, the group that supported the first two candidacies of Uribe, Giraldo said.
The Partido de la U secretary refuses to say the names of those in the foundation, but assured they were “respectable people” and do not handle dirty money.
Colombia’s Attornet General office announced Tuesday it would investigate the funding of the referendum after one of the sponsors proved to be a daughter of suspected pyramid scheme and money launderer DMG.