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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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(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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money contributed to a political candidate or party that is not subject to federal regulations.
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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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|Noun||1.||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)|
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