Argentine congressman Javier Milei, an economist of libertarian ideology, raffled this Wednesday his salary as national legislator in a raffle that exceeded one million people registered and promised that he will do it every month.
The raffle was held in the coastal city of Mar del Plata, in the province of Buenos Aires, where the legislator organized a small event in front of the beach and, after announcing the winner as a person named Hugo Federico Nacarado, he gave a public lecture on economy.
According to data from his website, 1,040,625 people participated and the winner will have ten days to prove his identity or the prize will be drawn again.
Milei’s salary as a parliamentarian amounts to 205,000 pesos per month (about 1,979 US dollars or 1,741 euros).
The deputy assured that the raffle was a “return” and denied that it is “a gesture of populism”, in view of the criticism he received in social networks and which earned him an official investigation by the Agency for Access to Public Information (AAIP) days ago.
The investigation was opened because the web page where the registration was carried out did not have any kind of section based on the protection of personal data and did not specify what would happen with the database after the draw or how Argentine citizens could exercise their right of control contemplated in Law 25.326 on the matter.
To participate, interested parties must provide their full name, identity card number, telephone number, e-mail address and date of birth, in addition to being over 18 years of age.
In the legislative elections of last November 14, the coalition La Libertad Avanza, led by Milei, positioned itself as the third force in the city of Buenos Aires and obtained a total of 310,036 votes (17.03 % of the votes), obtaining two deputies for this district.
The national deputy became known through the media for his outbursts against the traditional political “caste” and what he calls “cultural Marxism”.
Among some of his proposals, the libertarian defends the suppression of the Central Bank and the Argentine peso as a common currency, as well as the deregulation of the financial system, considering taxes as a “remnant” of slavery.