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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.

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Park was ousted last year amid an influence-peddling scandal and is standing trial on charges of bribery, abuse of power and coercion.
This last step has given rise to serious concerns amongst students who think this could open a door to influence-peddling and nepotism.
South Africa's elite Hawks police unit has arrested eight people so far in its investigations into high-level influence-peddling centering around the Indian-born Gupta family, wealthy friends of ousted president Jacob Zuma , a statement said.
A friend of the former South Korean president Park Geun-hye, who was at the centre of an influence-peddling scandal that rocked the country's business and political elite, has been sentenced to 20 years in jail, The Guardian reported.
Throughout the nine years of his turbulent presidency, Zuma has avoided a series of corruption charges and influence-peddling allegations that have dogged his administration and ministers.
There were 3 employees in my office, influence-peddling.
But opposition parties accuse Abe of escaping questioning in parliament about his alleged influence-peddling scandals.
The Gupta family, wealthy Indian-born businessmen whose companies have contracts with state-owned firms, have denied all allegations of influence-peddling or improper dealings and through a spokesman last week labelled the e-mails "fake news".
Lee was arrested a few weeks back on charges of bribery and influence-peddling, causing the impeachment of South Korea's 11th President, Park Geun-hye.
But his governing Movement Toward Socialism party has been buffeted by scandal and the vote closely followed a revelation that Mr Morales may have been personally involved in influence-peddling.
Sarkozy had already been given preliminary charges in another case, accused of corruption and influence-peddling based on information gleaned from phone taps.
Bruce Carson, a former top aide to Stephen Harper, has been found not guilty of influence-peddling.