Deja-vu all over again: the Mexican presidential campaign
stop me if any of this sounds familiar...
After six months in second place, Mr. [Felipe] Calderón has surged past the front-runner, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, with a stream of attack advertisements portraying him as a dangerous and violent leftist who will bankrupt the country.
Now, a month before the vote, the race is a contest between Mr. Calderón, a free-trade advocate backed by business leaders, and Mr. López Obrador, a leftist who draws most of his support from poor people who feel that free-trade policies have failed to help them.
Mr. Calderón, 43, a former congressman and energy minister, has engineered the turnaround with a nimble, slick campaign, relying heavily on radio and television advertisements, many of them negative, tested in focus groups and tailored to specific constituencies, his aides say. Mexicans vote July 2.
gee, i have a number of questions...
- what are the key elements of mexico's campaign finance laws...?
- who are the major donors to calderón's campaign...?
- how much have those major donors contributed...?
- what are the business connections of those donors...?
- what percentage of mexico's total wealth do those donors represent...?
- what connections do those donors have to the united states...?