feather (one's) own nest

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feather (one's) own nest

To utilize one's position at work for one's own monetary gain. The CEO was fired following allegations that he was feathering his own nest with donations to the company's charitable fund.
See also: feather, nest, own
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Unscrupulous operators exploit the natural tendency of some humans towards addictive behaviour to feather their own nests. Everyone is susceptible to this sort of dependency, but especially children.
Holyrood's Public Audit Committee heard how the staff colluded to "feather their own nests" and withheld advice from the Scottish Funding Council, who questioned the payments.
The job of the council is to use our taxes to provide our public services, not feather their own nests while we suffer the consequences of their profligacy and ineptitude.
Unlike us people, those "people" have enormous funds to sway public opinion to feather their own nests. Recently in Oregon, corporate "people" spent $24 million in advertising (more than double the grassroots sponsors) to defeat a measure requiring labeling of foods containing GMO's.
Those who have used donations to feather their own nests have not only disgraced their own organisations they have seriously damaged many other charities.
We must get tough and follow Newham Council's lead by licensing all private landlords to stop them kicking out the vulnerable to feather their own nests.
His contention is that the unwillingness of average citizens to educate themselves on the issues, or vote at all, is what has enabled unscrupulous political operators & special interest groups to feather their own nests at the tax-payers' expense.
They need to wake up, look around and decide what kind of people they are because as far as I'm concerned they are a worthless bunch of out-of-touch rich boys who only wish to feather their own nests.
I HAVE no particular political leanings, as I feel they are all 'career politicians; out to feather their own nests, but Tim Yeo's attack on David Cameron is a most obvious and unsubtle smoke screen device to protect the money he receives for his directorships including those of green companies.
Comment by Laurence HS2 high speed rail plan is not cost effective, say MPs UK Plc needs transport infrastructure, but if HS2 is going to be a success (and by success I mean it is built to budget and affordable to be used by ALL of the general public and not just the rich few) then you have to get the motley crew that always hijacks these big projects off it as they will only feather their own nests and turn it into a costly disaster.
Len McCluskey, the general secretary of the Unite union, attacked the move, saying: While they bay for cuts to public sector pensions, they act to feather their own nests. This will appal ordinary people.
She said the state pension system is unsustainable, in part, from politicians who give themselves raises, "game the system," and "feather their own nests with sweetheart pension deals."
Now we see that Mr Robinson and Mr Cunningham have used taxpayer-subsidised banqueting facilities to feather their own nests in wining and dining anything up to 100 guests at the terrace at the Houses of Parliament.
At least we'd know that the few who remained were there for the right reasons and not just to feather their own nests - or second nests with a moat and swimming pool.