NRA saw spike in donations following Parkland shooting

NRA saw spike in donations following Parkland shooting
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The National Rifle Association (NRA) benefitted from a spike in donations following the deadly shooting last month at a Parkland, Fla., high school. 

Federal Election Commission filings showed the organization’s Political Victory Fund garnered slightly less than $248,000 in donations in January. In February, that figure more than tripled to $779,062.

The February totals show a sharp increase in the same month when the NRA faced intense criticism following the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which left 17 people dead. 

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In the days and weeks after the shooting, the students who survived the shooting sharply criticized the NRA and urged politicians to stop accepting campaign money from the organization. 

Contributions in that timeframe nearly doubled from the first half of the month.

The sharp increase was first reported by the Center for Responsive Politics.

While the NRA briefly went silent online after the Parkland shooting, the group increased its online advertising spending in the weeks following the shooting sixfold.

The group has spoken out against any new gun legislation since the shooting, and has directly criticized the students who organized last weekend's "March for Our Lives."

In response to the Parkland shooting, the Trump administration has taken steps to ban bump stocks, an accessory that allows certain weapons to fire at a more rapid rate, signed off on funding for improved background checks and has urged states to pass gun legislation.

However, Congress has not taken action on enacting universal background checks, raising the age requirement to purchase a rifle or banning assault weapons, each of which some Parkland students have called for.

-Updated March 30 at 8:40 p.m.