Pay-to-play


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Pay-to-play

Attempts by municipal bond underwriting businesses to gain influence with political officials who decide which underwriters are awarded the municipality's business.

Pay-to-Play

A practice in which a politician encourages monetary contributions in exchange for benefits for an individual or company. Paying to play may involve outright bribery, but it usually refers to more subtle payments. For example, an insurance company may make large contributions to a politician re-election war chest and the politician may then be inclined to vote in the insurance company's interest. Paying to play is often in a legal gray area. See also: Campaign Finance, Campaign Finance Reform.
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But questions remain about where the investigation of pay-to-play is going, if anywhere.
Rohlfing said other officials with the firm told him there was no direct connection, but he remained concerned and turned it over to a private law firm investigating the firm's role in pay-to-play and any overbillings.
That Hahn - with his incumbency and political pedigree as the son of beloved county Supervisor Kenneth Hahn - should be in danger was viewed by supporters largely as the result of negative attack ads and unsubstantiated pay-to-play allegations of corruption in city contracting practices.
That would be a blatant and direct violation of one of those very ethics reforms which Hahn went along with after the district attorney and FBI began investigating whether the mayor's administration was engaging in pay-to-play shakedowns of city contractors.
When the pay-to-play scandal heated up early last year - and county and federal investigators were nipping at his heels - Hahn promised swift reform.