soft money


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soft money

 and easy money
money obtained without much effort. Don't become dependent on soft money. In college he got spoiled by soft moneya check from his parents every week.
See also: money, soft

soft money

n. easy money; money obtained without much effort. There’s not even very much soft money around now.
See also: money, soft
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And Enron and Coca-Cola and Philip Morris just suddenly decide that they are very interested in campaign reform and kick in some good old soft money, which the Brennan Center uses to lobby and provide free legal services for an issue of "transcendent importance" to none other than Sen.
Hence the need, it is argued, to ban the soft money contributions that, for instance, pay for party advertising campaigns that are disproportionately critical of incumbents.
During this election cycle soft money is coming in at about double the 1996 rate.
The decision upheld the ban on federal candidates soliciting soft money.
However, CED's call to inflation-adjust campaign donation limits from $1,000 to $3,000 makes sense, as does its suggested ban on all soft money donations from corporations, labor unions, or anyone else.
NRLC's legislative director Douglas Johnson argues that these soft money and "issue ad" restrictions inevitably run afoul of First Amendment protections and a precedent-setting Supreme Court decision, Buckley v.
In campaign finance reform, the LWVUS and coalition partners were successful in defeating a bill that would have returned corrupting soft money to federal elections, H.
But two years ago, the McCain-Feingold Act prohibited parties from raising soft money, a goal long sought by liberal newspaper editorialists and good-government activists.
Soft money is the term given to the previously unlimited campaign contributions funneled into political parties.
The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act went into effect November 6, curbing soft money contributions and enacting other campaign activity changes dealing with ads preceding an election and new reporting requirements for campaigns.
He also actively supported the ban on soft money campaign contributions that was signed into law this year.
House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX) today criticized Senator John McCain for allowing the group Americans for Reform to use the Senate Commerce Committee hearing room to launch a 30-second television commercial supporting the effort to ban soft money in campaigns.
Senate seat from New York State, agreed to stop running ads funded by soft money.
That's a personal view, but I just think soft money is corrupting the system.
Counting independent expenditures, soft money, and money raised in the primary, the subsidy only accounted for 35 percent of all spending in the 1988 presidential election.