Spain's PM publishes income, tax returns amid corruption allegations
Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy speaks during a control session at the Spanish Parliament in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (AP / Andres Kudacki)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, February 9, 2013 12:06PM EST
MADRID, Spain -- Spain's prime minister has published a summary of his income and tax returns in a bid to defuse a corruption scandal engulfing his government after the publication of media allegations that he and senior members of his political party received and distributed under-the-table payments.
The accounts appeared Saturday on Mariano Rajoy's official website and indicate he took a wage cut from $320,780 while in opposition to $100,240 as prime minister.
The figures however only go back to 2003, the year Rajoy took over the Popular Party as election candidate.
The scandal emerged after leading newspaper El Pais published a report on Jan. 31 about ledgers it said were from party treasurer Luis Barcenas, stretching back nearly 20 years, showing alleged cash payments to leading party members including Rajoy.