money contributed to a political candidate or party that is not subject to federal regulations.
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How to use soft money in a sentence
soft money—unlimited contributions to party committees made in support of fuzzy “issue advocacy” rather than campaigns—ruled.Time is Money: How to Fix Outrageous Political Spending | Jim Arkedis | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Brown estimated that his group poured close to half a million dollars into the three races in hard and soft money.
Goldman has also jumped on the super-PAC bandwagon, with 20 percent of its donations going to “soft money,” or outside groups.Wall Street Turncoats: The Money Guys Loved Obama in ’08—This Year, Romney’s Their Man | Caitlin Dickson | August 19, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The largest chunk of change was the “soft money” donations Stanford made to groups like the DNCC and RNC.Bipartisanship! Republicans and Democrats Both Want to Keep Allen Stanford’s Money | Aram Roston | March 7, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
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
"By that time I'll have enough soft money in front of me to ease my fall," announced Wallingford confidently.Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford | George Randolph Chester
Then I think it will be beaten, if by soft money it means the payment of one promise with another.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 8 (of 12) | Robert G. Ingersoll
Let's be clear; a vote against McCain-Feingold is a vote for soft money and for the status quo.
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
British Dictionary definitions for 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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