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hard money
as in:  hard money contribution

They will not acknowledge how in fact hard money is to come by, and, therefore, those who have no money blame and blame and blame themselves.
Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  money from political contributions that are regulated through the Federal Election Commission — basically money spent to give voters the name of someone for whom they should vote
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hard money hard cash
Political donations that are not "hard money" are called "soft money" and are not regulated by the Federal Elections Commission. Critics complain that it is too easy to indirectly use "soft money" for "hard money" purposes.
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  • They will not acknowledge how in fact hard money is to come by, and, therefore, those who have no money blame and blame and blame themselves.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • Talents and accomplishments that can’t be turned into money, let Count Dirlos have them; but when such gifts fall to one that has hard cash, I wish my condition of life was as becoming as they are.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • The only solution in matters like these is cold, hard cash.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • He watched until they drove away, the gross parents, the bland, degenerate offspring: it was easy to prophesy the family’s swing around Europe, bullying their betters with hard ignorance and hard money.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night

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  • You know, Conway, this place isn’t run without plenty of hard cash.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • It was supposed that Lorenzo Daza was a man of means, because he lived well with no known employment and had paid hard cash for the Park of the Evangels house, whose restoration must have cost him at least twice the purchase price of two hundred gold pesos.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • And then he passed the collection plate and asked very politely for the cold hard cash of all the fine folks there today, their awful sin and extreme uselessness notwithstanding.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • He pays hard cash.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • In the words of one of his opponents, it meant "political death to any man to even whisper a breath against ’old Bullion" (the nickname derived from Benton’s fight for hard money).
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Fyodor Pavlovitch, for instance, began with next to nothing; his estate was of the smallest; he ran to dine at other men’s tables, and fastened on them as a toady, yet at his death it appeared that he had a hundred thousand roubles in hard cash.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov

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  • Fred felt sure that he should have a present from his uncle, that he should have a run of luck, that by dint of "swapping" he should gradually metamorphose a horse worth forty pounds into a horse that would fetch a hundred at any moment—"judgment" being always equivalent to an unspecified sum in hard cash.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • These she could sell for hard money or use for barter.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Looking for someone who might pay him hard cash for the stuff he dug up in the Babel/Infocalypse stack
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • But when I say a thing I mean it; and when I feel a sentiment I feel it in earnest; and what I value I pay hard money for.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • The suites catered to the yuppie set and were a big source of profits for the hospital, bringing in hard cash from couples with money to blow above the standard insurance allotment for deliveries.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • Indeed, there was nearly everything that was needed but beef, gunpowder, and hard money.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • For don’t forget, gentlemen, and this is my last message to you, the man worth while is not merely the man who takes things with a smile but also the man who’s trained in philosophy, PRACTICAL philosophy, so that instead of day-dreaming and spending all his time talking about ’ethics,’ splendid though they are, and ’charity,’ glorious virtue though that be, yet he never forgets that unfortunately the world judges a man by the amount of good hard cash he can lay away.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • The men were all farmers who, through the long winters, in New England fashion, worked at other trades for "hard money," which was always scarce.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • As once he had sent Abigail pins from Philadelphia, so now at her request he shipped off packages of European trade goods—handkerchiefs, ribbon, bolts of calico—which could "fetch hard money" at home and mean the difference to her financial survival.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • "Handkerchiefs will turn to good account for hard money," she reminded him.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • For every full-fledged deserter there were a half-dozen others inclined to stroll off on almost any pretext, to do a little clam digging perhaps, or who might vanish for several weeks to see wives and children, help with the harvest at home, or ply their trades for some much-needed "hard money."
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • Although the Democratic party since the days of Jackson and Benton had been the party of hard money, it rushed to exploit this new and popular issue—and it was naturally assumed that the freshman Democratic Senator from poverty-stricken Mississippi would enthusiastically join the fight.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
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