HEALTH SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS FINANCED BY CONGRESSIONAL AMENDMENTS
Abstract The research analyzed the transfer of funds to Health Social Organizations through congressional amendments in the Legislative Assembly of the state of Espírito Santo, Brazil. The study was conducted through an analysis of documents. A cross-check of data was performed in order to identify the possibility that these organizations indeed received funds through congressional amendments between 2009 and 2014. We analyzed 109 amendments that proposed the transfer of funds to the Health Social Organizations and their sponsoring entities. In that period, a total of R$ 4.817 million were proposed for those institutions: R$ 4.627 million for the Evangelical Benevolent Society of Espírito Santo (from the Portuguese Associação Evangélica Beneficente Espírito-Santense), and R$ 190 thousand for the Santa Catarina Congregation association (from the Portuguese Associação Congregação de Santa Catarina). According to the data, there is a relationship between the number of congressional amendments that were proposed for these sponsoring entities and the political parties that won the elections. In election years, there is an increase in the number of amendments proposed. We highlight the inexistence at the Espírito Santo Legislative Assembly of transparency instruments to oversee the executions of the congressional amendments.