Just weeks after the Parkland, Florida, mass killing, the National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund raised $2.4 million during the month of March — which is a massive increase year over year as well as month-to-month.
What are the details?
According to a report by McClatchy's DC Bureau and Federal Election Commission filings, this is about $1.5 million more year over year than the gun organization raised in March 2017, a month in which they raked in about $884,000 in donations.
March 2018's $2.4 million is also $1.6 million more than what the NRA was able to raise in February 2018.
The report added that March's funds were the most funds raised in one single month since June 2003, and noted that a large majority of the funds came from "small donors."
According to McClatchy, "Most of the donations, $1.9 million of the $2.4 million total, came from small donors who gave less than $200."
Where does the money go?
The NRA's Political Victory Fund, much like the name indicates, donates money to political campaigns, but according to the report, "but most of its spending is on activity that isn't directly linked with a lawmakers' campaign where the group is not bound by state and federal campaign finance limits."
McClatchy reported that the Political Victory Fund's total cash on hand by March's month-end was about $5.8 million.
Contrarily, organizers for the viral "March for Our Lives" campaign and corresponding March for Our Lives Action Fund — which kicked off in the immediate days following the Parkland mass killing — has raised approximately $3.5 million through a GoFundMe campaign.
According to the National Review, March's donations — taken in the month immediately following the deadly massacre that took the lives of 17 people and injured many more — outweighs "donation surges" which occurred immediately after other high-profile mass killings.
"The [NRA] raised $1.1 million in the first month after the December 2013 Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and another $1.5 million in the month after that," a National Review report read.