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I need some help with some phrase:

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Despite Democratic protests on the House floor, however, party lawmakers seem downright gleeful about the exercise after fundraising successfully from the lawsuit and talk of impeachment.

I cannot find the phrase "fundraise from something" in many dictionaries, but it seems similar to "profit from something". Could it be a error or a journalistic attempt at being cute?

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  • Its the same as "...after successfully raising funds from the lawsuit and talk of impeachment."
    – user3169
    Aug 1, 2014 at 2:05
  • @user3169 Is the original poorly written?
    – meatie
    Aug 1, 2014 at 2:16
  • To me it is confusing. I think if you change "fundraising successfully from the lawsuit and talk of impeachment." to "fundraising successfully due to the lawsuit and talk of impeachment." it might make better sense.
    – user3169
    Aug 1, 2014 at 3:31

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It just means the lawsuit and talk of impeachment helped them raise funds (by fundraising, not by adding to their coffers with money from legal damages! :)

Quite how "successful" they were is a moot point. They might have made a lot of money, or they might be "gleeful" to have raised any amount of money at all in the circumstances (I have no idea).


You can understand from as using. An alternative, particularly in more informal registers, is...

...after fundraising successfully on (or off) the back of the lawsuit

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  • Is the original not well-written?
    – meatie
    Aug 1, 2014 at 2:14
  • @meatie: I suppose it's not well-written from your point of view, if you couldn't understand it. What I don't understand is what you find so difficult about those particular three words, given you've obviously read several far more complex sentences earlier in the piece. I can't believe you don't understand fundraising, so I'm forced to suppose you simply got stuck because of the specific preposition from. But the relationship itself is obvious, whatever preposition is used. So I still don't understand your problem. Aug 1, 2014 at 2:23
  • It is indeed the preposition "from" that is the problem. The original does read like money from a lawsuit settlement is used for political campaigning.
    – meatie
    Aug 1, 2014 at 2:27
  • @meatie, I think it was poorly written. It wasn't clear to me at all what they meant until I read FumbleFingers' explanation.
    – Dangph
    Aug 1, 2014 at 3:39
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    @Dangph, meatie: I'm surprised that a native speaker should have difficulty with the phrasing. For the record, I definitely do not think there's anything wrong with it in any "objective" sense. If you check the context, it's obviously from a competent writer who's not afraid to use long and complex syntax. There's no "standard" preposition for use in the precise context, but from is imho the best of a bad bunch unless he wanted to adopt a more informal register (unlikely) and use something like my on/off the back of. And it's not aimed at non-native speakers, obviously. Aug 1, 2014 at 12:11

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