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money given as a donation to a political party but not designated for a particular candidate
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Political donations made in such a way as to avoid federal regulations or limits, as by donating to a party organization rather than to a particular candidate or campaign.
soft money - Business Definition
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- See soft currency.
- Contributions given to political parties for purposes other than supporting specific candidates for office. For example, soft money can be used for party-building activities such as recruiting new members. In truth, it is often difficult to know where soft money is being spent.
- Research or project funding that is not expected to be recurring. For example, a university receives a grant to hire scientists for a research project.