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Soft Money Lives

The Hill reports,

Democrats are poised to reap the benefits of soft-money contributions next year, even though the new campaign finance law bans candidates for federal office from raising such unlimited money directly.

Republicans, who have dominated other aspects of fundraising so far in this election cycle, have seen one of their highly touted soft-money fundraising operations bog down in controversy and, as a result, unable to collect any donations.

Internal Revenue Service records show that allies of the Democratic Party have set up a significantly greater number of large soft-money funds than have comparable GOP allies. As a result, such traditional Democratic allies as unions, environmental groups and pro-abortion-rights groups have utilized soft-money entities to raise two and a half times as much money as pro-Republican groups, such as the fiscally conservative Club for Growth.