Enrique Peña Nieto graces the cover of the latest Time magazine, prompting heavy criticism amid his many perceived faults.
It has now emerged that the Mexican government paid Time Warner, the parent company of the magazine, $43,000 in October 2013.
Mexican media outlets reported that a government report indicated that there were two payments made, but does not specify what the payments were for.
Time has not responded publicly to the allegation.
The magazine cover heralds Nieto as “saving Mexico” due to his sweeping reforms, but has instead earned ire from many who believe Nieto has done a poor job as president.
Among his controversial policies was a law signed in December to allow private companies to drill for oil and gas, ending a 70 year monopoly held by Pemex.
And while Nieto has reportedly tried to aggressively counter drug trafficking, vigilante groups may be having more success than the government itself in doing so.