Player (political)

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A political player is a participant in politics who has or is perceived to have influence or power, although usually on a smaller level than a global power elite. The phrase may refer to an individual who is a candidate or elected or appointed official,[1] but more commonly refers to someone who is not in office but still wields power or influence, such as a lobbyist,[2] a fundraiser[3] or contributor,[4] a whistleblower,[5] a political consultant,[6] a labor union[7] or labor leader,[8] a corporation,[9] or even an entire industry.[10] More recently, with the rise of the Internet, web-based groups such as and online organizations, like ActBlue, have become political players as well.[11]