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soft money

noun
1.
money contributed to a political candidate or party that is not subject to federal regulations.
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  • Colonel Jimmy heard Small make that fool bet on the eighteenth tee, and you know what a leech he is when soft money is in sight.

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • Observe the war within the lad as between innate decency and, in a sense, laudable desire for the limelight and soft money.

    Criminal Types V. M. Masten
  • Then I think it will be beaten, if by soft money it means the payment of one promise with another.

  • Let's be clear; a vote against McCain-Feingold is a vote for soft money and for the status quo.

British Dictionary definitions for soft money

soft money

noun
1.
(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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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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