During our most recent game, there was a dispute over whether or not the ally who receives influence from the Lazax player must immediately make a bid on a card or not. The advantage clarification in the rulebook seemed ambiguous:
The Lazax may give his ally any amount of influence during
this Bidding Phase. This influence must be given before the
player makes a legal bid on the current Strategy card. The ally
is not required to bid all of the influence given (or any at all),
and keeps any influence given to him that he does not spend.
Is the idea that she must make a bid but she is not required to win a card auction (thereby not spending "any at all"), or is it that she can take the money and run without actually bidding anything at all?