If Yoda’s stronger, why didn’t he take on Palpatine himself?
Regardless we’re getting off topic. What if Snoke was a senator in the New Republic and that’s where the money was coming from. He has a whole planet’s economy backing him.
Which reminds me, I’ve always thought TFA should’ve present the New Republic as divided in a proxy war between those funding the Resistance and those funding the First Order. It would explain why the Republic military doesn’t directly interfere: it’s officially neutral. Of course the First Order blows up the Senate and from there it’s open warfare.