Influence peddling
Influence peddling is the illegal practice of using one's influence in government or connections with persons in authority to obtain favors or preferential treatment for another, usually in return for payment. Also called traffic of influence or trading in influence . In fact, influence peddling is not necessarily illegal as OECD has often used the term "undue influence peddling" as to refer to illegal acts of lobbying.,3343,en_2649_37443_42694048_1_1_1_1,00.html However, influence peddling bears the stench of corruption that may de-legitimize democratic politics with the general public.

As of December 2008, The current Governor of Illinois
Governor of Illinois
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, Rod Blagojevich
Rod Blagojevich
Rod R. Blagojevich is an American politician who served as the 40th Governor of Illinois from 2003 to 2009. A Democrat, Blagojevich was a State Representative before being elected to the United States House of Representatives representing parts of Chicago...

 was accused of influence peddling in attempting to sell the Senate seat vacated by President-elect
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 Barack Obama
Barack Obama
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In April 2009, former Newfoundland
Newfoundland and Labrador
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 politician Ed Byrne
Ed Byrne (politician)
Ed Byrne was a Canadian politician, formerly a member of the House of Assembly of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. He served as leader of the Newfoundland and Labrador Progressive Conservatives and opposition leader from 1998 to 2001...

 was convicted of influence peddling for his actions in the Constituency Allowance Scandal. He was the first of four politicians convicted in relation to the Scandal and the remaining politicians are on or awaiting trial.

As well, the mayor
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 of Ottawa
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, Larry O'Brien
Larry O'Brien (Canadian politician)
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, began his trial on similar grounds in May 2009. O'Brien was accused of purported influence peddling. The trial is currently in session and live updates can be found from the Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen
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 On August 5, 2009, both charges were dismissed by Justice Douglas Cunningham, associate chief justice of Ontario’s Superior Court.
This crime is punished also in France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Brazil, Argentina and Romania (P. Semeraro, I delitti di millantato credito e traffico di influenza, Milano, 2000, ed. Giuffrè).

See also

  • Bribery
    Bribery, a form of corruption, is an act implying money or gift giving that alters the behavior of the recipient. Bribery constitutes a crime and is defined by Black's Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or...

  • Lobbying
    Lobbying is the act of attempting to influence decisions made by officials in the government, most often legislators or members of regulatory agencies. Lobbying is done by various people or groups, from private-sector individuals or corporations, fellow legislators or government officials, or...

  • Logrolling
    Logrolling is the trading of favors, or quid pro quo, such as vote trading by legislative members to obtain passage of actions of interest to each legislative member...

  • Political corruption
    Political corruption
    Political corruption is the use of legislated powers by government officials for illegitimate private gain. Misuse of government power for other purposes, such as repression of political opponents and general police brutality, is not considered political corruption. Neither are illegal acts by...

  • Political finance
    Political finance
    Political finance covers all funds that are raised and spent for political purposes. Necessarily such purposes include all political contests for voting by citizens, especially the election campaigns for various public offices that are run by parties and candidates. Moreover all modern democracies...

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