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A key area of
contention in the campaign finance reform debate has been "soft money."
While contributions to a specific candidate -- "hard money" -- are
limited, "soft money" contributions are unlimited. The loophole
is that "soft money" contributions go to the national party for
"get out the vote" drives, instead of directly to the candidate.
Yet, the party knows why the "soft money" contribution is made and
ensures that candidates attracting the money benefit. Campaign finance reform
initiatives aim to limit soft money. However, its opponents argue that money
donated for political campaigns is a form of free speech. Many making this
argument benefit from this system, however they count with them two unlikely
allies: members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the American Civil Liberties
Union. The former argue that soft money is essential in "get out the
vote" drives, while the latter agree with the argument that political
money is a form of free speech.
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