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  Road to White House may cost $1 billion - Nation/Politics - The Washington Times, America's ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Among the handful of "first-tier" potential nomination candidates in both parties, two are considered safe bets to eschew public financing for both the primaries and general elections.
Giuliani also is expected to have no trouble raising money from a variety of major donors both in the Republican Party -- where economic and national-defense conservatives outnumber rich religious conservatives -- and even among Jewish Democrats who admire his stand on Israel.
Toner said that realistically, the huge amounts of money required for the 2008 campaign would winnow out, earlier than usual, many potential candidates in what was expected to be a very large field in both parties.
www.washtimes.com /national/20061220-121843-2600r.htm   (588 words)

  About hard money
Hard money policies are those which are against Fiat money and therefore usually in support of the Gold standard, or other standard based on other precious substances.
The most common uses of hard money is for business purposes, when time is of the essence and when the borrower or the asset do not fall within the often stringent loan criteria (also known as the ‘sweet spot’) for banks.
Hard money is often used as a bridge loan for real estate purchases — a short term financing solution for any number of reasons, either to avoid a probem or take advantage of an opportunity.
www.money-make.net /hard-money.htm   (1082 words)

 Online NewsHour | Vote 2004 | Politics 101 | Campaign Finance Reform
The system of funding political campaigns -- both to help elect a candidate or work toward the defeat of another -- is complex and often perceived by the public to be riddled with irregularities and loopholes.
Soft money is loosely defined as unlimited donations to political parties from individuals, organizations, or unions intended to fund purported "party building" activities primarily at state and local levels.
At the same time, the FEC said the 527s are permitted to use a mixture of hard and soft money for political communications that mention national as well as state and local candidates or for ads about issues, such as health care and trade policies.
www.pbs.org /newshour/vote2004/politics101/politics101_cfreform.html   (1810 words)

 Money & Politics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
To the extent that power is a function of money, then changes in the system (including possible restrictions on use of the media for political speech) must be made to mitigate the perfidious impact of money on politics.
It is also a hard-knuckle political battle in which the different political parties, incumbent candidates, and interest groups fight to structure the rules in a fashion that increases their political clout and hinders their political adversaries.
Since the media makes a great deal of money from during political campaigns, they are not to pleased to "donate" that time and it may not be the case that the public is willing to pay for the commercials from their tax money.
www.accd.edu /sac/gov/rogers/texas/money.htm   (7027 words)

 Policy Review, August & September 1999 -- A User's Guide to Politics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
A political process in which politicians are bought and sold — that is the condition of American governance we are invited to contemplate.
If money cannot be shown to buy a specific vote, yea or nay, it can be shown to facilitate access, to obtain its provider a place at the table where his business is settled, to attract attention among many competing demands for the attention of our politicians.
She chronicles the growing importance of "soft money," the large contributions individuals, corporations, labor unions, and other organizations are allowed to make to political parties, thus circumventing the legal limits on giving to individual campaigns.
www.policyreview.org /aug99/lindberg.html   (2432 words)

 "One Cheer For Soft Money" by Steven Schier
Though wealthy individuals, corporations, and unions are thus sharply limited in their hard money contributions, the sky is the contribution limit with soft money.
Originally, soft money was to be spent on grassroots campaigning by state and local parties for brochures, door knocking, and get-out-the-vote efforts.
Political parties may be part of the problem with electoral politics, but properly reviving them is very much part of the solution.
www.washingtonmonthly.com /features/2000/0007.schier.html   (2894 words)

 T. Rex's Guide to Money in Politics
Of that, $1.5 million was soft money and the rest was hard money contributions from PACs and individuals.
This money worked to great effect when the time came to block SEC efforts to clamp down on the burgeoning and lucrative practice of selling consulting services to companies at the same time as auditing their books.
The center, which tracks money in politics, said the company reported spending $825,000 on lobbying in the first six months of last year in the mid-year report it filed with the Clerk of the House and Secretary of the Senate.
quinnell.us /politics/money.html   (5637 words)

 American Politics Journal -- Cornered by Campaign Finance Reform
Before entering politics, John McCain was a fighter pilot schooled in the art of waiting for a hard target to appear in his sights.
The bill raises to $2,000 the limit on "hard money" contributions that can be given directly to a campaign, increases contribution limits for those facing wealthy opponents, and tightens disclosure requirements.
Now that the hard money limit is $2,000, there is little reason for him to change his tactics.
www.americanpolitics.com /20020321Pitt.html   (1174 words)

 Howstuffworks "What is the difference between "soft money" and "hard money" campaign donations?"
In the simplest terms, "hard money" is from political donations that are regulated by law through the Federal Election Commission.
The largest expense in a modern political campaign is advertising, and most of the controversy about hard or soft money ultimately points to how much advertising a candidate can buy.
The contributions to these funds are regulated by law: Corporations and labor unions can't contribute to campaigns for federal elections, and individuals are limited to contributing a maximum of $1,000 to a federal candidate, and $20,000 a year to a political party for the purpose of telling people whom to vote for.
money.howstuffworks.com /question498.htm   (391 words)

 Campaign finance in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
There are many sources of finance: direct donations from individuals, organizations, especially Political Action Committee and political parties -- "hard money" -- and indirect, unregulated "soft money" donations to organizations that support a candidate but are not officially affiliated to his or her campaign.
Soft money refers to contributions given, at least nominally, to a political party for "party building" activities rather than for the direct support of particular candidates and campaigns.
Political parties are active in federal elections at the local, state and national levels.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Soft_money   (1455 words)

 Summertime ... and the Politics of Money is Easy
Rather than focusing on the positions being taken by Democrats seeking their party’s nomination for president, the media spotlight often stays on the amounts of money that those contenders have raised --  as if the importance and validity of a campaign can be gauged by the size of its bank account.
Meanwhile, in politics, after years of ballyhoo about “campaign finance reform” and the banning of “soft money,” the power of bucks is greater than ever.
And: “Some expect the Bush campaign may raise a record $200 million, largely through individual ‘hard money’ donations, before the election is through.” That would be about double what the Bush campaign raised for the 2000 election.
www.dissidentvoice.org /Articles7/Solomon_Campaign-Finance.htm   (716 words)

 Maryland Newsline - Politics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
It would also raise the "hard money" contributions limit from $1,000 to $2,000 for House candidates, allow even higher contributions to candidates facing wealthy opponents, and restrict broadcast "issue ads" if they featured a federal candidate.
Such ads would have to be paid for with hard money and could not be broadcast within 30 days of a primary election or 60 days of a general election.
Democrats got $63 million in soft money donations, or 53.5 percent of their total donations in 2001.
www.newsline.umd.edu /politics/campaignfinance021402.htm   (660 words)

 findlayosborn.com » Blog Archive » Soft Money Hard Politics
It’s hard to believe that something like soft money, the term of which is bandied around so often in the media, in the context that it is most often used, is actually illegal and that those who give and receive money termed soft are actually breaking the law.
Any die hard “The West Wing” fan will know that it was the Federal Elections Commission that created a loophole that allows soft money and it is this loophole that muddy the waters that soft money floats in, allowing such money to be influential in so many political campaigns.
I myself am not yet sure whether soft money is the vice it is claimed to be, or a legitimate, morally correct way to raise funds for issues and campaigns.
www.findlayosborn.com /2004/08/23/soft-money   (473 words)

 Money & Politics Report Text
Republicans called the provision, which was written in general terms, a new loophole in which soft money could be used to pay debts involving regulated "hard money." They said it would favor Democrats, who in recent years have raised a greater proportion of their total funding through soft money.
According to GOP aides, their goal in focusing on this provision was to win support of an amendment to change the effective date of the Shays-Meehan bill to Feb. 14, rather then have the bill take effect after the November elections.
In support of the provisions, Larry Noble, executive director and general counsel to the Center for Responsive Politics, said the provisions would not supersede current law, which clearly states that soft money may only be used to pay for soft money debts.
www.bna.com /moneyandpolitics/housenear.htm   (2189 words)

 Hard Money Politics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
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'Hard money' political donations are rising Regulated hard money contributions to congressional candidates and political parties have risen...
Its hard to believe that something like soft money, the term of which is bandied around so often in...
www.judgegray2004.com /hard-money-politics.html   (192 words)

 TomPaine.com - The Hardening of Soft Money
At the time, soft money only comprised about 20 percent of funds raised by federal candidates and parties, but it came in eye-popping amounts.  For instance, at the 2000 Republican National Committee fl-tie fundraising gala, nearly 1,600 of the wealthiest donors in the country gave a total of $21.5 million.
That's an average contribution of about $13,400—far more than most of us could ever fathom.  Since the money was technically not to be used to influence federal elections, there were absolutely no limits on the size of these contributions.
There are other problems, too.  Much of the soft money that previously went to parties has found its way to outside groups.
www.tompaine.com /articles/the_hardening_of_soft_money.php   (464 words)

 Money & Politics
The contribution of money to political parties and candidates is an important way in which large corporations and wealthy capitalists exercise disproportionate influence over politics in the United States.
Much campaign money still goes unreported, and new loopholes are being created with each election.
It provides complete databases of hard money contributions for each election since 1994, available for downloading (very large files).
www.uoregon.edu /~vburris/whorules/money.htm   (332 words)

 Guardian Unlimited: News blog
Speaking under her professional name, Cherie Booth, she is one of six well-known people contributing to Lent Talks, a series of reflections on life and faith to mark the traditional period of abstinence in the run up to Easter.
Politics is serious business, but it's good to let your hair down and have a laugh once in a while.
YouTube offers political geeks two options: the dull and worthy contributions of politicians who think that they have discovered a new platform for their rhetoric, or clips at their expense.
blogs.guardian.co.uk /news/archives/uk_politics   (4791 words)

 Public Citizen | Hard Money / Individual Contributions - Hard Money / Individual Contributions
Hard Money / Individual Contributions - Hard Money / Individual Contributions
When it comes to money in politics, most people think in terms of "hard money"money for federal candidate campaigns that comes from legal sources, subject to contribution limits, and reported to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
Hard money stands in contrast to "soft money"money for political purposes that comes from sources and in amounts otherwise prohibited for federal candidate campaigns. To learn more, please start with our primer located under "In the Spotlight."
www.citizen.org /congress/campaign/issues/hard_money/index.cfm   (157 words)

 Money & Politics Report Text
While it bans soft money contributed to the national parties from companies, unions, and wealthy individuals, the Shays-Meehan bill and a Senate-passed companion bill would increase current limits on regulated "hard money," which must come from individual donors and regulated political committees.
The one amendment on which Shays-Meehan opponents prevailed dealt with continued use of soft money for a fund to construct a party headquarters building.
The measure could triple the hard money limits for such candidate if an opponent spent $350,000 or more of his or her own money on a campaign.
www.bna.com /moneyandpolitics/housefinalbill.htm   (807 words)

 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > Politics
The real deadline for Congress to provide more money for the war in Iraq is well beyond the April 15 deadline cited by President Bush and Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
Democrats are raising concerns about President Bush's nominee for ambassador to Belgium because he gave money to the group that impugned Sen. John Kerry's war record during the 2004 presidential campaign.
California Secretary of State, Political Reform Division: Campaign finance information and a directory of lobbyists and their employers.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/politics   (3107 words)

 CBS News | Soft Money, Hard Politics | March 15, 2000 18:43:35
Giuliani has criticized his Senate opponent, Hillary Rodham Clinton, for her establishment of a soft money committee last fall, but he never publicly ruled out creating one of his own.
Soft money is not subject to campaign contribution limits.
While Clinton's soft money account is relatively small - it had totaled more than $700,000 as of the end of last year - and Giuliani's is new, both are expected to become more important closer to Election Day, when the two camps will likely pour money into television advertisements and seek large sums quickly.
www.cbsnews.com /stories/2000/03/15/politics/main172255.shtml   (359 words)

 Salon.com Politics | Die hard, too?
The Republicans pushed hard for increasing the aggregate maximum an individual can contribute in a given year.
A presidential aura With the crowds growing, the campaign money flowing and the media swarming, John Kerry is looking more and more like the front-runner.
The politically untouchable golf industry, where dangerous chemicals are par for the course.
archive.salon.com /politics/feature/2001/03/29/hearings/index1.html   (989 words)

 hard money - OneLook Dictionary Search
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 Politics without soft money | csmonitor.com
Now that the year-old ban on so-called soft money donations to the parties - the large, unlimited contributions from corporations, unions, and wealthy individuals - has been affirmed, the raising of limited "hard money" donations is a central part of the game.
The longer-term picture is less predictable, but the high court itself, in its majority ruling, echoed the common view among observers of money in politics that funds will inevitably find their way into the system - and that Wednesday's ruling will not be the final word.
Ornstein also notes that while the GOP is better than the Democrats at raising hard money, the Republicans rely heavily on expensive direct mail, so some of their edge disappears when one looks at the bottom line.
www.csmonitor.com /2003/1212/p01s01-uspo.html   (874 words)

 Salon.com Politics | Die hard, too?
As air traffic control captain Trudeau in the 1990 Bruce Willis vehicle "Die Hard 2," actor turned senator Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., instructs landing aircraft to remain in a holding pattern until hijackers are no longer controlling Dulles Airport.
So, as in "Die Hard 2," Thompson and the McCain-Feingold crew took two hours and kept the Senate in a holding pattern.
The strategy of CFR opponents is to pass amendments of questionable constitutionality and simultaneously vote for the non-severability amendment that would cancel out any attempts at true reform.
archive.salon.com /politics/feature/2001/03/29/hearings/print.html   (1860 words)

 Hard Money » Blog Archive »   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
As for Vazquez, the biggest obstacle is money, with two years and $24 million left on the contract he originally signed He still needs to work very hard on his
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 Hard Politics, Soft Money
Public financing pays for the bulk of those costs, but a lot of money finds its way into party coffers through a murky web of donations from individuals, assorted interest groups, and, most importantly, corporations.
Some 59% of Germans mistrust their political parties, according to a survey released July 27 by consultant McKinsey & Co. "It's legalized corruption," says Hans Herbert von Arnim, a professor at the German University for Administrative Sciences in Speyer and leading critic of the campaign finance system.
It's unclear how decisive the private money is. Political parties receive ample public funds and free television time.
www.businessweek.com /magazine/content/05_32/b3946144_mz035.htm   (830 words)

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