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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Definitions for logrolling

  1. U.S. Politics. the exchange of support or favors, especially by legislators for mutual political gain as by voting for each other's bills.
  2. cronyism or mutual favoritism among writers, editors, or critics, as in the form of reciprocal flattering reviews; back scratching.
  3. the action of rolling a log or logs to a particular place.

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Citations for logrolling
While spending on earmarks is a tiny portion of the budget, critics like Mr. Flake and Mr. Boehner said they played an insidious role in pushing up federal spending through what is known in legislative terms as logrolling. Carl Hulse, "How Budget Battles Go Without the Earmarks," New York Times, February 26, 2011
They objected to a lot about Senator Manville. Pork-barreling. Logrolling. One rule for the rich. You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours. David Rain, The Heat of the Sun, 2012
Origin of logrolling
Logrolling is an Americanism first recorded at the end of the 18th century and meant exactly what it says: rolling logs away from land being cleared, or a meeting of neighbors to perform the clearance. In the early 19th century, logrolling acquired its distasteful political sense of swapping or trading votes, and by the mid-19th century it also referred to the “literary” practice of authors and reviewers engaging in mutual puffery.