power broker


Definition of power broker 

: a person (as in politics) able to exert strong influence through control of votes or individuals

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Charlie Stillitano, the veteran power broker who runs the ICC, told the Inquirer and Daily News that work is underway to expand next year’s tournament to 16 teams. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "International Champions Cup women's tournament eyes expansion to 16 teams," 31 May 2018 Finally, after two SEC teams, LSU and Alabama, played in the BCS national championship game after the 2011 season, the rest of college football’s power brokers constructed the current postseason system. Ralph D. Russo, BostonGlobe.com, "Mike Silva; pushed SEC to collegiate successes," 17 May 2018 More broadly, many of his supporters certainly believed that their own party’s power brokers worked against them and that the political system, steered by financial institutions and dominated by coastal elites, was stacked against them. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "If Faith in Democracy Ebbs, Danger Rises," 2 July 2018 But in the centers of music-industry clout—which in the U.S. meant New York and Los Angeles—power brokers were slow to take house seriously. Yana Kunichoff, Chicago Reader, "Entertainment lawyer Jay B. Ross fought for the people who made the music he loved," 19 Apr. 2018 Party power brokers have been in contact in recent days to make arrangements for the Republican governor to raise money in Washington. Sean Sullivan, Washington Post, "Fla. Gov. Rick Scott expected in Washington to raise money for widely anticipated Senate run," 8 Apr. 2018 Construction crews are busy at work on the waterfront in this downtrodden city, where $1.6 billion in corporate tax breaks and the advocacy of one of New Jersey’s most formidable power brokers have fueled a development boom. Kate King, WSJ, "The Power Broker Behind Camden, N.J.’s Upswing," 9 July 2018 This has potentially huge implications in California, where labor unions have emerged as major power brokers and fundraisers for Democratic candidates. Shelby Grad, latimes.com, "Essential California: A major blow to public employee unions," 28 June 2018 The order marked the latest fall for the political power broker and confidant of Republican presidents dating to George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. Anchorage Daily News, "Paul Manafort ordered to jail after witness-tampering charges," 15 June 2018

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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: a person who has a lot of influence and control in a particular activity (such as politics)

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