When someone has connections in an organization, he can use it to good advantage to, for example, get his son a job in a company. We say:
He pulled strings/wires to get his son the job in the company
But, what has the 'connection' done in this case?
Is there an idiom or expression defining what the owner of the organization has done? I mean something meaning "nepotism". But not a noun. A verb, expression or idiom.
"Mike's father pulled some strings to get him the job. The manager of the company who was his father's old friend ..... and hired him."