clout list

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clout list

A secret list of people who, through advantageous connections and relationships with people of affluence, authority, or political influence, are given preferential consideration during an admissions or appointments process. Even though he didn't do well in school, his father's connections to state senators and local politicians enabled him to be put on the university's clout list, and he eventually gained admission.
See also: clout, list
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To many observers, the existence of a clout list showed the way city supervisors and Chicago politicians routinely skirted a 1991 ban on politically motivated hiring.