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Portuguese to English translations [PRO] Government / Politics
Portuguese term or phrase:chapa-branca
My understanding is that this term is used to infer that someone or something (a newspaper, a labor union, e.g.) is "in" or "tight" with the government, and refers literally to the white license plates of government vehicles. My mind is drawing a blank concerning the best English-language equivalent. I've thought of "sell-out" and "crony," but neither of those seem quite right.
This is an editing job, not a translation job, so the remainder of the sentence has already been translated by the author into English. But this should provide the necessary context:
Conlutas stresses that it is “an alternative for the struggles of workers, in the fact of the degeneration of the CUT, which has transformed itself into a ‘chapa-branca’ organization, preferring to support the government to defending workers” (Conlutas n.d.).
Explanation: This may be a good solution (OR leave it as "chapa-branca" and explain in a note what the expression means.
Some examples of the suggested expression:
The Third Sector: Comparative Studies of Nonprofit Organizations - Google Books Result
by Helmut K. Anheier, Wolfgang Seibel - 1990 - Business & Economics - 413 pages
Most work on para-governmental organization to date has been in a "national style" vein, in the sense that it has been done on a country-by- country basis, ... http://books.google.com/books?isbn=0899254861...
Blog #2 of Domination - of Eiler
By most definitions of government, the Domination of Eiler is a para-governmental organization, albeit with very small regular staff. ... www.eilertech.com/domination/blog2.htm
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