soft money


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soft money

n.
Money donated to political parties to support general political activities rather than a particular candidate, and thus not subject to regulations or limits that govern campaign contributions.
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soft money

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) 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′ mon′ey


n.
money contributed to a political candidate or party that is not subject to federal regulations.
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soft money

Funds provided by a government or institution for a one-off project. Soft money is available only once and cannot be relied on as a source of future income.
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Noun1.soft money - political contributions made in such a way as to avoid the United States regulations for federal election campaigns (as by contributions to a political action committee)
political contribution, political donation - a contribution made to a politician or a political campaign or a political party
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Historically soft money has not been viewed as favorable funding in fiscal circles.
FEC court record describes in detail how, during the soft-money era, party leaders asked lawmakers to raise soft money from donors who had business before their congressional committees; how donors were rewarded with plush ski getaways, dinners, retreats, cocktail parties, and special briefings with members of Congress; and how parties then directed the money raised to specific candidates at the request of donors.
With the combination of a powerless FEC and new groups and businesses offering fresh avenues to inject soft money into the process--all in the context of the most expensive presidential race in history--some argue that the mere perception of big money's increasing influence in politics should prompt more transparency.
Less than a year later, McCain and Feingold got rid of soft money as we knew it.
The story is about former donors of soft money who are now involved in hiscampaign.
McConnell understood at the time that many GOP senators feared the end of soft money but were afraid of the negative publicity that opposing McCain's crusade would bring.
According to the Campaign Finance Institute (CFI), Washington, D.C., $495 million in soft money was raised by national parties in 2000.
While concerns had long been rising over soft money in federal elections, its widespread and growing use for so-called issue advocacy since 1996 raised questions over the integrity of existing regulations and the feasibility of any limits at all.
Under the policies, all soft money political contributions will be reviewed at the board level on an annual basis.
(8) The soft money was raised from individuals, corporations, and labor
Into the soft money vacuum rushed the 527 committees, so named because of the tax code section under which they operate.
Many abolitionists predicted that McCain-Feingold would prove to be one big loophole that would spawn new conduits for soft money and dilute efforts to build popular support for comprehensive public financing.