(chiefly US, idiomatic, politics, ethics) A usually secret list containing the names of people who are to be given special access, benefits, or influence in a political or social situation, especially as a result of having personal, professional, or financial relationships with those in authority. （yourdictionary.com）
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. （thefreedictionary.com）
clout 指：影响力或权力，尤指在政治或商业上。习语 clout list 是指在政治、商业或其他领域有背景、有靠山的关系户名单；有影响力的名单。他们因为有关系，在录取或任命等过程中得到优先考虑。
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.
Gov. Blagojevich's office kept a clout list of hundreds of state employees recommended by lobbyists, lawmakers and major fund-raisers.
The Tribune series reported that University of Illinois compiled an applicant clout list based on lobbying by government officials. Some on the list won admission despite protests by some U of I officials that they didn’t meet the standards. The series is a nonstory, according to the law professors.
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