Hidden Agenda


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Hidden Agenda

An ulterior motive for accomplishing a task. For example, a politician may appear to favor a piece of legislation because of the public good, but actually does so because it will benefit a company he owns. A hidden agenda does not have to be illegal or even unethical, but generally it does advance the interests of the person or persons pursuing it.
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Come clean, Peter, over the hidden agendas that have most probably been agreed behind closed doors over the past few years.
"We were concerned that this resolution should not be part of a hidden agenda to yet again institute regime change," South Africa s foreign affairs department said in a statement.
"There is a hidden agenda behind these allegations.
"Most people think that all Watani does is hold events and functions for families and children, but we have a hidden agenda," says Mohammad Baharoon, Deputy Director General at Watani.
That's the hidden agenda. Corporate America wants Americans to get their college education, which could mean a debt of $50,000, and yet companies want to start them at the lowest salary available.
McShane suspects a hidden agenda behind the growth in mainland islands.
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However, it seems the tolerance and welcoming are rather selective, perhaps because of a hidden agenda.
Public Education Against America: The Hidden Agenda
Yet I also believe that it's possible to establish friendships where both of you know that there is no hidden agenda. The challenge is to choose individuals who are not neurotic.
ARE you still allowed to make an observation about Rangers and not be accused of having a hidden agenda?
In the final days before a May 17 runoff election, a far-right political action committee mailed a flier to 6,000 homes accusing Gin, a Republican, of being a "liberal" with a "hidden agenda"--a reference to the fact that Gin, who's gay, received about $3,000 from the Washington, D.C.-based Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and contributions from the Log Cabin Republicans of California.