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The ACLU has raised $7.2 million since the election

— and it isn't the only one cashing in

Less than a week after President-elect Donald Trump's upset victory, nonprofits and charities dedicated to opposing policies he campaigned on are still being flooded with donations — for some at an unprecedented level

On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union announced a whopping $7.2 million in donations over the last five days. By comparison, there were 354 donations totaling $27,806 over the same five-day period in 2012.

The nonprofit published an open letter after Trump's election win, promising its "full firepower" should his administration pursue unconstitutional policies. The ACLU also emblazoned the homepage of its website with the message "See you in court" beside an image of Trump.

Planned Parenthood also reported a record surge of 80,000 donations since Election Day, according to The Atlantic. Many of the donations were sent in the name of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton — but also in the name of Vice President-elect Mike Pence, the fiercely anti-abortion rights Indiana governor who fought to defund Planned Parenthood and signed a bill requiring miscarried or stillborn fetuses be buried or cremated.

The money is coming at a critical time for organizations such as The Trevor Project, a nonprofit that offers suicide prevention services such as a 24-hour hotline for young LGBTQ people.

The Trevor Project was running $200,000 behind in donations before Trump's election, Deputy Executive Director Steve Mendelsohn told Business Insider. But over the last week, the project has received more than $165,000 from donors in 20 countries, and signed up nearly 1,000 new supporters to donate on a monthly basis.

"We were having trouble raising money before the election. … We believe that we were behind because people were focused on giving money to the candidates," Mendelsohn said. "Now we're getting back to where we should be."

The Trevor Project was one of several organizations touted by comedian John Oliver on his Sunday episode of "Last Week Tonight" in a segment on Trump's election. Mendelsohn said Oliver's shout-out helped boost the organization's donations and web traffic even further.

A website called RageDonate also sprang up on Monday, presenting visitors with inflammatory statements Trump has made about minorities or marginalized groups, accompanied by suggestions for organizations to donate to.
Some other nonprofits that have reported spikes in donations since Trump's election:

Center for Reproductive Rights: The legal advocacy organization has pledged to continue defending Roe v. Wade should Trump seek to overturn it by appointing anti-abortion rights Supreme Court justices. The center said on Twitter on Monday it had registered nearly 500 new supporters who committed to monthly donations.

ProPublica: The investigative journalism nonprofit reported a surge in donations after being mentioned in Oliver's segment, receiving "multiple donations per minute" up to 12 hours after the show aired, ProPublica President Richard Tofel told Poynter.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations: The Muslim civil rights group has received a "simply unprecedented" 500-plus volunteer applications, Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR's communications director, told The Atlantic.

International Refugee Assistance Project: The organization dedicated to providing legal protections for refugees raised more than $56,000 from more than 1,200 donors on Indiegogo over the past five days.

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The "media" has really done its job this time.  Liberals are whipped into a frenzy, calling everyone racist and the ACLU is going to take full advantage.  Great organization....
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