The story linked to the investigation into the Open Foundation does not end with the quarrel between Matteo Renzi and the Fatto Quotidiano for the publication of the former premier’s accounts. Today’s press writes about what it calls the “British Tobacco Gate”. The affair dates back to November 2017, when “an unfavorable amendment to the cigarette multinational that financed Leopolda was scuttled”. The hypothesis of the prosecutor, explains La Stampa, is that Lotti has made his role available.
That message from Lotti to the managers of the multinational: “Dead amendment”
Gianluca Paolucci and Giuseppe Salvaggiulo explain in La Stampa: “The multinational is a historic and generous financier of Open: 250 thousand euros. The chats acquired in the investigation tell of the presence of its managers at Leopolda to meet the Pd members of the government”.
And then the passage on the 2017 amendment. “Faced with the prospect of the approval of the anti-Big Tobacco amendment, the Italian leaders of the multinational mobilize. They chat with Lotti, interest his collaborators, arrive at Undersecretary Baretta and Antonio Funiciello , in the staff of Prime Minister Gentiloni. Objective: “the death of the amendment”, a question “vital for us.” Night falls in Parliament. Lotti takes action. One of his collaborators presides over the commission and informs the managers. Finally, the minister communicates the victory: “From majority meeting deadline amendment”, concludes La Stampa.
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