A Very Different Kind of Map. Corruptodrome 2012
#NoLesVotes (Don’t Vote for Them) has put together a very interesting map:
All of those colourful squares are the logos of political parties and the locations in which members of said parties have been implicated in corruption in the recent past. It should be noted that those are just the cases that we know about because they’ve made it to the courts. Influence peddling and urban planning crimes seem to be a recurrent theme. Usually planning crimes come in the form of illegal re-zoning that benefits corporations. (We had that problem here in Sotogrande when the local government was trying to re-zone our natural park and turn it into a multi-million euro leisure centre with thousands of new homes). Other times it comes in the more old-fashioned cooking the books method.
In Marbella, only 30 minutes away from where we live there was one such case. Jesús, not of Nazareth but Gil, and his family, were recently convicted and asked to return 105 million euros to the government. That’s 135,291,762.91 US$ dollars. In ancillary cases their cohorts were ordered to return 59,4 million euros, 41,8 million euros, 24,2 million euros, all the way down to 3,3 million euros. That’s just one town hall in Spain in a town with a population of less than 140,000 people. Add up all of the money in the scandals. Then add up all of the money that’s misappropriated that we don’t know about. I’d say we’d be more than half way to ending the Spanish financial crisis.