Graft (politics)

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Graft, a form of political corruption, is the unscrupulous use of a politician's authority for personal gain. Most governmental systems have laws in place to prevent graft although this does not always halt political corruption.


A traditional example of political graft is when someone exchanges a political donation for political favor (e.g. ristournes in Quebec or tangenti in Italy). Grafting, however, does not require another individual to be involved. A member of a government may embezzle money directly from government funds, make decisions that benefit his own private economic interests, or simply use inside knowledge of upcoming government decisions to his benefit, in a manner similar to insider trading.

History of graft[edit]

United States of America[edit]

William M. Tweed or "Boss Tweed" was taken out of his position in the New York State Senate to help to prevent graft and other political corruption, but this failed.

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