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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Bruce Carson, a former top aide to Stephen Harper, has been found not guilty of influence-peddling.
BUCHAREST, Dhu-AlQa'dah 25, 1436, Sep 9, 2015, SPA -- Romanian prosecutors launched a criminal investigation on Wednesday into the head of the tax authority's anti-fraud department, saying he was suspected of influence-peddling and taking bribes to help a company avoid paying taxes, Reuters reported.
The two football executives are facing charges of laundering illegal earnings, criminal organization, influence-peddling, fiscal offences and aggravated fraud with multiple victims, among others.
TV host Samir El-Wafi is accused of fraud and influence-peddling.
The emails, which go back to the start of Kitzhaber's third term in 2011, were requested by a number of news organizations as an influence-peddling scandal centered on Hayes started to unfold last fall.
Urdangarin has been charged with breach of legal duty, embezzling public funds, fraud, influence-peddling and money-laundering.
A corruption and influence-peddling investigation launched in July against former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been suspended, days after he dramatically announced a political comeback.
Influence-peddling can be punished by up to five years in prison and a fine of 500,000 euros (A'682,000).
Paris: July 2 -- (BNA): Nicolas Sarkozy has become the first former French president to be taken into formal custody after he was detained for questioning in an influence-peddling probe, according to the Sunday Morning Herald (SMH) yesterday.
Sarkozy, his lawyer and a senior judge were placed overnight under formal investigation over allegations of corruption and influence-peddling.
In addition to Ma, prosecutors also questioned Premier Jiang Yi-huah, Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming and former Presidential Office deputy secretary general Lo Chih-chang Thursday night on their roles in alleged leaks of details of the investigation into the influence-peddling allegations against Wang.
It also needs to be emptied, as soon as possible, of any and all officials who took part in influence-peddling hiring decisions.