Alberto Núñez Feijóo has received three different remunerations in the exercise of his functions as a public office. Until now, the leadership of the Popular Party had ensured that the leader of the PP received a salary like any other senator from outside Madrid – about 72,000 euros, paid by the Upper House -, and a second allowance by virtue of his position as head of training —39,260 euros, which the PP paid from April to December 2022. But Feijóo received a third amount as “president of the popular parliamentary group in the Senate”, as eldiario.es has advanced and this newspaper has confirmed from sources in the PP leadership. According to eldiario.es, the amount of that third amount last year amounted to 31,850 euros. The third amount was paid for by the popular parliamentary group of the Senate, the same sources assure EL PAÍS. “He charged the supplement that all presidents charged,” they point out.
Feijóo’s economic situation changed in April of last year when he was appointed president of the PP, because —as he himself acknowledged in an interview with SER—, he receives remuneration from the Popular Party by virtue of his position. But these amounts were not reflected in the declaration of assets and income that Feijóo presented in the Upper House in May 2022, when he became a senator, and they were not added a posteriori either. On June 28, after days in which the PP leader insisted on his refusal to make public how much money he received from the party, the PP leadership got off the hook, telling the media that the popular president received 39,260 euros gross, subject to taxes, from April to December of last year. The popular leader’s cabinet also stated that they would present the update of the declaration of assets in the Senate when Feijóo left his seat in the Permanent Delegation of the Upper House, a position that he finally left three weeks ago.
However, as EL PAÍS published this Saturday, Feijóo did not update his declaration of assets and income after leaving office as a regional senator on July 28. According to the criteria applied by his cabinet —contrary to that of the president of the Senate, the socialist Ander Gil, and that of parliamentary sources—, he had a margin until August 27. But, this Wednesday, Feijóo has collected his credentials as a deputy in Congress and has presented in the lower house the new declaration of assets and income—to which eldiario.es has accessed—, and in which, according to what is published, It reflects that in addition to the other two amounts, he received 31,850 euros as president of the popular parliamentary group of the Senate.
Regarding this remuneration, unknown to date, the PP leadership explains that this amount “is not a PP salary” or “representation expense”, as it is the 39,260 euros received by virtue of the position of president of the popular. Rather, they specify from their cabinet, it is due to a “complement” from the group, as is the case with other “spokespersons” or “presidents of the commissions.” “That differentiates them in salary from a simple deputy. Without that complement, Maroto would win more from the Senate than Feijóo ”, they assert (instead of low-level deputy, they mean low-level senator). The PP spokesman in the lower house, Javier Maroto, receives 23,076.84 euros from the popular parliamentary group, according to the declaration of assets published on the Senate website. Other parliamentarians such as the socialist Eva Granados, spokesperson for the PSOE in the Senate, do not receive an extra for holding that position, according to her public statement.
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