NBC News: Democrats have figured out how to raise lots of money off Trump

House Democrats made a bet on Donald Trump that just paid off — bigly.

With two weeks to spare, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has raised twice as much money online this year as it did in 2015, officials said. Online donors gave $40.46 million in 2017 as of Thursday morning, easily outperforming the $19.7 million raised online two years ago, the most recent nonpresidential election year.

Many liberal and Democratic groups have seen a flood of donations since Trump’s election. But the DCCC, whose apocalyptic fundraising emails reporters and political operatives love to hate, gave NBC News a rare look inside the mechanics of monetizing the Trump backlash.


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