sweetheart agreement


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sweetheart agreement

 and sweetheart deal
a private agreement reached between a public agency or government official and a private company that includes illicit payments or special favors. They found that the mayor was involved in a number of sweetheart agreements. Most of the building contractors in town would be out of business if they didn't have sweetheart deals with the local politicians.
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Deals with large corporate chains that undermine worker and public protections in exchange for sweetheart agreements to signup more dues-paying members.