The political phrase “office of profit” refers to executive appointments. In America, we have an established legal doctrine regarding the separation of powers. Meaning, the branch of the government which makes the laws should not be associated with the branch of the government which enforces them. For example, for someone appointed to run the CIA to also hold a position in congress would be an office of profit, since the person enforcing the law could also influence the lawmaking process. In the Constitution, this is a no-no since it allows for a high probability of corruption.
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