Thursday, December 9

The proven facts of the sentence: Bárcenas handled cash donations through box B of the PP

The National Court has condemned the PP and its former treasurer, Luis Bárcenas, for the reform of the headquarters of Genoa 13 with black money. The first adds two more years in prison to the string of sentences that are currently keeping him in jail and the party must face the payment of 123,669 euros for the Corporation tax of Unifica, the company that made the reform, in 2007. But the most relevant part of the sentence is the one that assumes, once again, the existence of a black accounting of the party that was nourished by cash donations.

That affirmation is contained in the part of the proven facts of the sentence, the pages where the judges seal what happened without legal evaluations. A simple story about the corruption of the PP that begins with a forceful sentence: Bárcenas “managed the cash funds contributed to the Popular Party political formation as private donations through parallel accounting – B accounting – whose income and expenses are not left a record in the official accounting “. That is, there was a box B.

The Bárcenas papers, which he himself recognized in the trial of Gürtel’s early days as “off-the-books accounting”, collect a series of donations from companies and individuals to the party that were not channeled through the normal channels and that were collected in metallic, in envelope. The ruling on the reform of the headquarters states that these amounts were always divided “in order not to exceed the limits established in the Law of Financing of Political Parties in force at all times.”

The judges point out that between 2002 and 2007, 15 transfer operations were identified from box B to the party’s official donation account for an amount of 1,269,575 euros. Bárcenas received the large amounts of money and transferred them as small donations to the party’s accounts so as not to arouse suspicion. Between 2007 and 2008, Bárcenas posted income of 542,000 euros the first year and 1,115,000 euros the second.

The ex-treasurer of the PP handled this double accounting “in some sheets that he filled in with handwritten annotations and later in Excel sheets, which is what has been called ‘Bárcenas papers'”. The judges point out that they contain balance errors and not all deliveries were duly noted, but they have no doubt of their veracity: “they reflect events whose reality has been proven, such as transfers to official donation accounts, money deliveries to certain people linked to the Popular Party or payments for reform works “.

“The money, always in cash and beyond the control of the accounting department and the party cashier, was kept in a safe located in the office” of Bárcenas, continues the account of the proven facts, which then tells how it was paid the headquarters in black with part of that money. One part was paid through legal channels, the other “with B funds” so that both the PP and the Unifica company could save money by not paying taxes.

For this, between the PP and Unifica a network of documents was woven on the works that did not reflect the reality of what was undertaken at the PP headquarters or the actual amount of the works. A part of the payments was reflected in the official documents; in Bárcenas’ B accounting the amounts paid in black were noted.