The ACLU received a record number of online donations after challenging Trump’s #MuslimBan
It’s been a good weekend for the American Civil Liberties Union: After they challenged a discriminatory executive order signed by President Donald Trump Friday, the ACLU received $24.1 million online donations.
That’s six times what it normally receives in a whole year, in case you were wondering.
The executive order temporarily banned citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen from entering the country, even if those citizens were Green Card or Visa holders.
The ACLU challenged the executive order – and won.
This news spurred the wave of donations to the ACLU, with thousands taking to the internet to urge others to donate. Many celebrities, including Judd Apatow, Rosie O’Donnell, and Sia, posted online that they would match fans’ donations up to $100,000.
According to CNN, many of the 356,306 people who donated to the ACLU were first-time supporters.
"I spend way more than $25 a month on brunch," Brooklyn resident Jenn Pollan, 26, told Mic. "It seemed fitting to donate to an organization that is on the front lines of fighting fascism."
The ACLU says it will use the new donations to add to its staff.