people in senior positions who are able and willing to use their influence on your behalf
RELATED IDIOMS :
a fair-weather friend
someone who cannot be relied on in a crisis
1998 - Spectator - The Americans gave up supplying gold on demand to other countries' central banks at £35 an ounce when their fair-weather friends from London threatened to turn up and clean them out.
a credit card
This phrase comes from the advertising slogan…. Access your flexible friend.
a friend at court
a person in a position to use influence on your behalf