.. when you’re playing Bribes, you’re gaining a pool immediately. Even if the referendum is canceled (e.g. by Delaying Tactics) you got to keep the pool. The other players trying to cash their pool on the other hand have to wait until the results of the referendum are applied. And if Delaying Tactics or Vox Domini is played before that nobody (except the acting player) gets pool for Bribes (as per cardtext).