Pay to play
Pay to play refers to a systematic form of corruption in which businessmen are expected to give campaign donations in exchange for state government contracts. Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton was nominated by the Democratic party for the 2016 presidential election while under criminal investigation for pay-to-play schemes while Secretary of State during the Obama administration.
- In 2009, allegations of it forced New Mexico governor Bill Richardson to withdraw as Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of Commerce.
- In 2008, Illinois governor and Obama associate Rod Blagojevich was removed from office for attempting to sell a Senate seat vacated upon Barack Obama's election to the presidency.