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The Videoscandals were political scandals in Mexico in 2004 when videos of prominent politicians taken with hidden cameras were made public.[4] The majority of them involved politicians in corrupt dealings with former business man Carlos Ahumada, and another showed a politician spending money in Las Vegas.


The videosEdit

The videos are listed in order of chronological appearance on television.

Jorge Emilio GonzálezEdit

The first video shown on national television was of Jorge Emilio González Martínez the Mexican Green Party (PVEM) leader (a long time ally of the PRI party). He was taped by one of his own party members, who introduced to him the businessman interested in the project, allegedly negotiating a $2 million bribe in cash to assist in the development of a hotel in an ecologically protected area. The three met in the PVEM headquarters.

Gustavo PonceEdit

Mexico City's finance chief, Gustavo Ponce, was filmed gambling at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

René BejaranoEdit

The second scandal came when René Bejarano, previously López Obrador's personal secretary, later elected to the Mexico City legislature, was videotaped accepting USD $45,000 in cash.[5][6] The video got to the hands of Congress member Federico Döring who took it and had it shown on March 3, 2004 at Victor Trujillo's news program (which he hosted as his Brozo character).


  1. ^ Luken, Carlos (September 24, 2008). 300 WEEKS: Mexico's Turbulent Transition to Democracy. Xlibris. p. 358. ISBN 1436348641.
  2. ^ Dellios, Hugh (November 12, 2005). "New videos fuel scandal in Mexico". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  3. ^ La Botz, Dan. "Mexico in the Grip of Corruption". Solidarity. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  4. ^ Grayson, George W. Mexican messiah: Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Penn State Press. pp. 163–164, 200. ISBN 978-0-271-03262-7. Retrieved 2010-02-01.
  5. ^ Michel, Elena (2014-03-04). "Döring: videoescándalo, venganza de Cárdenas contra AMLO". El Universal. Retrieved 2016-07-06.
  6. ^ "Implican a Bejarano en acto de corrupción". El Universal. 2004-03-03. Retrieved 2016-08-01.