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

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

  • 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
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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