soft money

noun
money contributed to a political candidate or party that is not subject to federal regulations.
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soft money
 
n
politics Compare hard money (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

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Example sentences
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.
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