political machine

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Noun1.political machine - a group that controls the activities of a political party; "he was endorsed by the Democratic machine"
organization, organisation - a group of people who work together
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The judgment which can penetrate into the cabinets of princes, and discover the secret springs which move the great state wheels in all the political machines of Europe, must surely, with very little difficulty, find out what passes in the rude uninformed mind of a girl.
To some minds it will not appear a trivial objection, that it could tend to increase the complexity of the political machine, and to add a new spring to the government, the utility of which would at best be questionable.
Concentration of power in a political machine is bad; and and an Established Church is only a political machine; it was invented for that; it is nursed, cradled, pre- served for that; it is an enemy to human liberty, and does no good which it could not better do in a split-up and scattered condition.
You are now up against the local police and political machine.
It merely stops them from turning their churches into tax-free political machines.
They were unable to transform themselves into effective political machines.
Merelice of the Green-Rainbow Party, a Harvard graduate and long-serving Brookline Town Meeting representative, can truly stand up to the two big political machines on Beacon Hill.
offers an in-depth history of the world of horse racing in New York State in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, describing the web of politics, illegal and legal gambling, organized crime, and political machines connected to the popular sport.
Fortunately what counts are the votes cast in elections which are conducted independently of the political machines It should concern your correspondent what effect the cuts in spending will have on the membership and the votes cast for the Liberal Democrats.
THE Independents scored a stunning victory in one city suburb, fending off the big political machines to keep power.
Profiteers, poverty, saloons, political machines and bosses, sexual immorally, and impiety--in Bryan's rhetoric, and certainly in his mind, these urban sins were all of one piece, and all an obstacle to the Jeffersonian republic of virtue and mutual assistance he envisioned.
Money given to the political machines that controlled nominations could buy overwhelming influence in city halls, statehouses, and even courtrooms.