The Washington Post
The National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund raised $ 2.4 million in funds in March, setting a monthly fundraising record for the group after a shooter killed 17 students had and educators at a high school in Parkland, Florida.
The unprecedented fund-raising route came when gun control advocates, led by student survivors of the shootout, saw legislative victories in a number of states and marched on the US Capitol to demand change at the federal level. The Federal Election Commission data show that $ 1.9 million of the $ 2.4 million, or about 80 percent of it, came from small donations of $ 200 or less, in line with the small dollar portion of the fundraising sums paid last months.
A Chicago Tribune investigation revealed that the NRA aggressively tightened its digital advertising in the course of Parkland filming after survivors made resistance to the weapons rights group a core piece of their advocacy. The NRA has also launched a campaign to add 1
For example, in 2016, the Political Victory Fund raised more than $ 11 million, but the NRA spent $ 10 million on federal funds and international spending on federal elections. Much of this expense came from the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, its lobby business.
The increase in donations over the past month suggests that many proponents of weapons assets are concerned about a change in national arms policy following the shooting of Parkland.
Weapon control activists have meanwhile won the adoption of significant new firearms restrictions in Republican-led states such as Florida and Vermont. And a federal expansion of covert carry privileges that happened to the House late last year is currently facing uncertain prospects in the Senate.
All of this is taking place in the context of the 2018 congressional elections, as both the Parkland survivors and the NRA hope to elect legislators to share their positions.