There's a fine line between a "technocrat" and "someone businessmen like" and a fine line between "someone businessmen like" and "someone who's on the take" so:
Italian junior minister Carlo Malinconico has resigned because of his connections with a businessman now being investigated for corruption. At least part of his bills were allegedly paid for at a five-star hotel in the Tuscan resort of Il Pellicano in 2007 and 2008, newspaper reports said. As PM Mario Monti's undersecretary, he had responsibility for the publishing and newspaper industries.
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