a populist fundraising boom

yuna

Senior Member
Korea/Korean
Hello,


Romney’s small-dollar fundraising continues to trail the efforts of John McCain at this point in the 2008 campaign, despite a populist fundraising boom from last month’s Supreme Court decision on Obama’s health-care law. (from - TIME - The 2012 Money Race: Romney Relies on Big Donors, While Obama Taps the Grassroots)


I want to know whether ' a populist fundraising boom ' includes both Romney's and Obama's fundraising efforts or solely the efforts made by Romney's.
 
  • wandle

    Senior Member
    English - British
    It has to mean that the boom took place in Romney's campaign. Otherwise, 'despite' does not make sense.
    The meaning is that Romney still lags behind McCain's figures, even though he benefited from that boom.
     
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