an organization or existing power structure, especially a political one
"administrative machinery of the Communist Party in Russia," 1950, from Rus., from Ger. apparat "apparatus, instrument," from L. apparatus (see apparatus).
"Fox News Business Network commentator Lou Dobbs commented in 2011 that 'as it's being run now, [the EPA] could be part of the apparat of the Soviet Union.'"
- Arlie Russell Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right