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The term bagman (or bag man) has different meanings in different countries. One group of definitions centers around the idea of traveling. In British usage, "bagman" is a term for a traveling salesman, first known from 1808. In American usage, it can mean a tramp or homeless man. However, many other definitions center around money. People involved in political fundraising, soliciting donations, or otherwise involved in the financial side of a political campaign may be referred to as a bagman. This usage has led to an expansion of meaning to include those who solicit bribes for public officials.

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  • The term bagman (or bag man) has different meanings in different countries. One group of definitions centers around the idea of traveling. In British usage, "bagman" is a term for a traveling salesman, first known from 1808. In American usage, it can mean a tramp or homeless man. However, many other definitions center around money. People involved in political fundraising, soliciting donations, or otherwise involved in the financial side of a political campaign may be referred to as a bagman. This usage has led to an expansion of meaning to include those who solicit bribes for public officials.
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  • The term bagman (or bag man) has different meanings in different countries. One group of definitions centers around the idea of traveling. In British usage, "bagman" is a term for a traveling salesman, first known from 1808. In American usage, it can mean a tramp or homeless man. However, many other definitions center around money. People involved in political fundraising, soliciting donations, or otherwise involved in the financial side of a political campaign may be referred to as a bagman. This usage has led to an expansion of meaning to include those who solicit bribes for public officials. In organized crime, a bagman may be involved in protection rackets or the numbers game, collecting or distributing the monies involved. When acting as an intermediary in such activities, a bagman may also be called a delivery boy or running man, and may receive a fraction of the money collected.
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