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banner Tuesday, 22 February, 2000, 18:19 GMT
Hard money

Money contributed by an individual directly to a particular campaign.

It is limited under the 1971 Federal Election Campaign Act to $1000 per candidate per federal (i.e. presidential or congressional) election.

The first $250 donated to a candidate by an individual can be matched dollar-for-dollar from federal matching funds.

Limits on statewide elections vary according to state laws.

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