The National Rifle Association received twice as much money from nearly five times as many donors in the seven days after the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting than it did in the seven days before the shooting.
The contributions were made by NRA members and employees to its political action committee, the NRA Political Victory Fund.
Seventeen people were killed, and 17 others were wounded in the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
In the two weeks before the shooting – from Jan. 31 to Feb. 13 – NRA’s PAC received $27,100 through 51 donations. Two weeks after the shooting – from Feb. 15 to Feb. 28 – the PAC had raised $70,870 through 226 donations, according to the NRA’s most recent filing with the Federal Election Commission.
Those donations made up the itemized contributions in February. Only donors whose contributions exceed $200 during an election cycle are required to be itemized in PAC filings with details including a person’s name, date and amount donated.
About 88 percent of the money the NRA received last month were unitemized contributions, which are lumped into a monthly sum and not broken down into individual contributions.
Overall, the NRA reported $779,000 in individual contributions in February. It was the most money raised in 11 months and more than the total raised in November, December and January combined.
Individual Contributions to NRA PAC (2018 Cycle)
It’s unclear what caused the increase in February, whether it was NRA outreach or the president’s entertaining of new gun regulation.
OpenSecrets contacted NRA’s media office Thursday and Friday to discuss the filing, but they were unavailable – possibly due to a barrage of press calls on the eve of the March For Our Lives.