I'm actually a native English speaker that can't seem to figure this one out, nor can I find it online. Unfortunately, I can't really give context: it's in pretty convoluted academic writing in a very small field.
It seems to be something like "so it doesn't really matter" or "the outcome is the same," I just can't really come up with an explanation of why that might be. Any help would be great, either in clarifying the figurative meaning or the literal explanation behind it!
Here's the best paraphrased context I can give:
... here's a single exception to this rule, but it actually doesn't even apply here...and no money is spent by the dead.
I realize how unhelpful that must be, but as I said, the writing is too convoluted to be helpful in this case.