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The CMDI Political Glossary


Hard Money
Hatch Act
Honest Graft
Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007
Honeymoon Period
Host Committee
Hybrid PAC

A no-nonsense attitude or approach to getting what you want in politics.

Hard Money:
The regulated contributions from an individual or PAC to a federal candidate, party committee, or other PAC, where the money is used for a federal election. Hard money is subject to contribution limits and ohibitions and can be used to directly support or oppose a candidate running for federal office. Hard money can pay for television ads, mass mailings, bumper stickers, yard signs and other communications that mention a specific candidate.

Hatch Act:
A law passed in 1939 that restricts the participation of federal civil servants in political campaigns.

Honest Graft:
Taking advantage of the money-making opportunities that might arise while holding public office.

Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 (HLOGA):
Includes two major provisions for political committees: restrictions on the use of campaign funds for noncommercial air travel and disclosure of bundled contributions.

Honeymoon Period:
The first few months of an administration in which the public, members of Congress, and the media tend to give the president their goodwill.

Host Committee:
The fund-raising committee set up by a host city to help defray the costs of a political convention. A city may also set up a host committee to promote itself as a potential convention site. Contributions to a host committee are not regulated. Corporations and labor unions may make large, unlimited contributions to a host committee. Individuals can also make unlimited donations even if they have already contributed the maximum amount to a candidate or party. Host committees are often considered a way for political parties to skirt contribution limits and raise soft money for the convention.

Hybrid PAC:
A committee that intends to establish a separate bank account to deposit and withdraw funds raised in unlimited amounts from individuals, corporations, labor organizations and/or other political committees, consistent with the stipulated judgment in Carey v. FEC. The funds maintained in this separate account will not be used to make contributions, whether direct, in-kind or via coordinated communications, or coordinated expenditures, to federal candidates or committees. Also known as a Carey Committee.

The idea that there are too many interest groups competing for benefits.