influence peddling


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influence peddling

n.
The practice of using one's influence with persons in authority to obtain favors or preferential treatment for another, usually in return for payment.

influence peddler n.
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Livingston is universally hailed as a straight shooter, but his positions on ethics policing have made it a lot easier for his colleagues to escape scrutiny for questionable influence peddling.
Ellsworth practiced public interest law and served on the staff of the Senate Ethics Committee for a special investigation of bribery and influence peddling in the U.
Kim, 48, told a press conference he will give up his post following a political row over his nomination, after the main opposition Democratic Party reportedly opposed his appointment fiercely Friday, citing his failure to explain his alleged involvement in a high-profile influence peddling scandal.
Regardless, the reform proposal would go a long way toward cleaning up any dirty dealings - perceived or actual - in contracting and influence peddling.
15 gubernatorial election on suspicion of influence peddling to support a former vice governor.
by corporate influence peddling is a slightly odd experience, like attending a convention of anthroposophists.
Since Watergate, Congress has responded to official corruption with complex regulations on ethics and campaign finance, which have mainly served to make influence peddling more subtle and professional.
In South Africa, the mid-June conviction of a Shabir Shaik on influence peddling charges forced President Thabo Mbeki to dismiss Deputy President Jacob Zuma, who had been closely linked with Shaik.
No, this is the capitalism of connections and government bailouts and handouts, and influence peddling and corporate welfare," she added.
He said the loophole will allow lobbyists to bankroll charity events, including freebies for invited lawmakers, while using the charities as fronts for influence peddling.
Meanwhile, prosecutors also plan to summon the president's second son, Kim Hong Up, early next week at the latest to question him in connection with his alleged moneylaundering and influence peddling in business deals.
But in one important area, China has made the transition from the old Communist state to a sophisticated modern power in record time: influence peddling in Washington.