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soft money

money contributed to a political candidate or party that is not subject to federal regulations. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for soft money
  • Not enough to really sway anyone, but enough to alleviate the need for oodles of soft money.
  • Parties would at first be weakened, compared with outside groups, because so much of their activity depends on soft money.
  • Committee members want testimony at the hearings to influence the legislation, which proposes a ban on soft money.
  • The soft money ban federalizes many activities of national, state and local political parties.
  • State and local party committees' use of soft money.
  • soft money, some argue, is another potential supplement for candidates.
  • soft money represents the unraveling of these three laws.
  • And these types of contributions were called soft money.
  • The figures do not take into account soft money expenditures.
  • These soft money faculty in particular have little or no teaching responsibilities.
British Dictionary definitions for soft money

soft money

(politics) (in the US) money that can be spent by a political party on grass-roots organization, recruitment, advertising, etc; it must be deposited in a party's non-federal (state-level) bank accounts, and must not be used in connection with presidential or congressional elections Compare hard money
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Slang definitions & phrases for soft money

soft money

noun phrase
  1. Currency that is highly inflated or likely to become less and less valuable: During the first two months of this year, soft money contributions, chiefly from industry, flowed into the coffers of the Republican National Committee (1940+)
  2. Campaign donations that are not regulated by the Federal Election Commission: raising millions of dollars of what is known in election-financing language as ''soft money''/ Clinton is behind in the collection of soft money, funds that are supposed to go for ''party-building activities'' but can make a big difference in a Presidential contest (1980s+ Politics)
  3. Money from research grants, which may run out if the grant is not renewed (1976+ Universities)

[modeled on hard money]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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