- politics (in the US) money given directly to a candidate in an election to assist his or her campaignCompare soft money
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The government was then what it was made to be—a hard-money government.
The hard-money clause then went into operation at once, and who complained of it?
It was evident that only the hard-money woman in her put any price on the decorations.Aaron's Rod
D. H. Lawrence
He is a hard-money Democrat, and is much impressed with the necessity of Mr. Tilden's nomination as a matter of success.
The vote then recurred on the repeal, and it was carried by 20 majority, all the hard-money men voting against it.