Argentina's electoral laws prohibit foundations with ties to politicians from donating to election campaigns.
However, it seems the Fundación Formar ignored that rule. The entity's president was Guillermo Dietrich, who maintained his position until 2017, in other words: during most of his first two years as Macri's Transport Minister.
The entity fundraised $2.7 million in the 2015/16 financial year, according to financial statements obtained by Noticias magazine. "It is worth noting several training events for the general election of October 25, 2017", a fundraising report revealed. It was signed by Dietrich himself.
"People from the private sector are eventually sought to take on roles in one government or another", Dietrich told Noticias, which broke the story, when asked about the foundation's activities.
The Macri government, which ran a heavy transparency and anti-corruption agenda in the 2015 general and 2017 mid-term elections, was caught up in a number of scandals in 2018 involving its campaign finances.
In December, the case moved from federal to electoral jurisdiction, which observers saw as a win for the government.
"The courts have decided the jurisdiction after a process that lasted months. We presented our partial findings to the Ombudsman, which I ordered, and I hope it keeps moving forward in the Judiciary", Buenos Aires Governor María Eugenia Vidal told Perfil in December.
"I have shown my face from day one and done what I had to do. I requested an audit, I removed those responsible for the campaign's accounting and I rest easy knowing that anything can be investigated".