October 3rd, 2007
04:15 PM ET
4 years ago

Paul's fundraising shock

Ron Paul raked in an impressive fundraising total.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – He's locked in low single digits in most polls, but Texas Rep. Ron Paul raised more than $5 million for his presidential bid in the third quarter, roughly equal to or just short of several of his higher -profile rivals.

"Dr. Paul's message is freedom, peace and prosperity," Paul campaign chairman Kent Snyder said in a statement announcing the total. "As these fundraising numbers show, more Americans each day are embracing Dr. Paul's message."

Paul's fundraising total is a 114-percent increase over what he raised last quarter and is also only $2 million shy of what Democratic White House hopeful John Edwards raised during the same period. It is also roughly equal to the fundraising totals of Arizona Sen. John McCain and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


Filed under: Ron Paul
soundoff (251 Responses)
  1. Aron, Crown Point, IN

    I don't think anyone can dare call Ron Paul a second tier candidated anymore, GO RON GO!

    October 3, 2007 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. James, Phoenix AZ

    George Soros has money to burn and doesn't mind funding the "dark horse" in the Republican race – just to shake things up.

    Sadly, Mr Soros, you didn't learn from your LAST mistake (over funding John Kerry). All the money in the world can not change a flawed candidate.

    Mr Paul – while I respect his vigorous defense of the Constitution – is WAY too far out of main-stream to get most Americans to vote for him. Advocating the shut-down of the FBI, CIA, Homeland Security, Department of Education, and most other Government agencies is NOT going to fly.

    Winning the 'battle' but losing the war is not a political strategy for succeeding.

    October 3, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. Mike, New York, NY

    I donated to Ron Paul because I believe in liberty. I hope all those with means can do the same.

    October 3, 2007 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. H, Chicago, IL

    Don't forget that Ron Paul's campaign asked for $500,000 over the last 7 days of the quarter. They got $1.2 Million dollars instead.

    Still think he's got no support? Ask Mike Huckabee what he made this quarter. Or John McCain. Or Tom Tancredo.

    October 3, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Phill, Albuquerque, NM

    Just so you get a fact right, Bill Richardson is still governor of New Mexico. Not the former governor.

    October 3, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. bret, atl, ga

    It's not a shock if you're been paying attention, and not blindly accepting to spoon-fed garbage from CNN that McCain is a so-called "top tier" candidate. Gimme a break. At least Paul's getting some exposure, but a little more objective reporting would be especially nice, CNN, rather than the dismissive "shock" . . . but I suppose you will be shocked when we elect President Paul, too, although the fundamentals are clearly there for all to see, everywhere.

    October 3, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. Ethan, Los Angeles, CA

    Go Ron! He is the champion of the US Constitution! God bless you sir!

    Los Angeles is coming together for you! We even have a booth at the upcoming Sherman Oaks Street Fair on October 21st!

    October 3, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. Common Sense

    I wonder if that is because the police keep abusing their powers, there is no peace, and the only prosperous people in this country now-a-days are dirtbags and the top 1%, although i fail to see the distinction between the last two.

    This country has been run into a brick wall. im considering canada or england as alternatives and i know im not the only one.

    October 3, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. Dan, Wethersfield CT

    Go Ron Paul!!!!!

    October 3, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. Richard, Florida

    is it really a shock? people are sick and tired and are coming together from all sides to support Ron Paul. Ron Paul is our best hope!

    Ron Paul 2008

    October 3, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. James Claremont, CA

    Thanks for the coverage CNN, but those of us who support Congressman Paul aren't shocked at all. Hopefully you see he's running a major campaign deserving of major coverage.

    October 3, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    Wow. All that work and he still won't get an invitation to the big dance.

    October 3, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Fred, Reston

    I am for Hillary, but Ron Paul is probably the only repub I will even give an audience to. Out of all the Republican candidates, he is the only one I would even consider voting for, because he has the experience and common sense to make this a better country.

    Why can't all repubs be like this? The current crop makes me want to vomit.

    October 3, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. Ben, Rockville

    If you have not heard of Ron Paul please read about him. Ron presents hope to restore America back to what made us a great country to begin with, not to continue on the misguided road we are currently stuck on in all aspects of citizenship, not just the "war"

    October 3, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. Robert Toledo Ohio

    This train is gaining momentum. Get on board or be run over by it..

    Liberty is popular....

    We just marched in.. We can just come home

    Ron Paul 2008

    October 3, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. Jason, Seattle, WA

    Amen!!! Great job to every Ron Paul supporter! I was driving around in my car last night putting Ron Paul signs up everywhere! We are painting Seattle with the name of Ron Paul!

    “Ron Paul is one of the outstanding leaders fighting for a stronger national defense. As a former Air Force officer, he knows well the needs of our armed forces, and he always puts them first. We need to keep him fighting for our country.”

    Ronald Reagan

    October 3, 2007 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. Mickey, Virginia Beach, VA

    It's pretty clear why Ron Paul is doing so well.

    He's the only Republican who opposes the war. He opposed the decision to go to war in 2003 and now he wants to get our troops home as fast as possible.

    If RP had more mainstream views on other issues, he'd be at the top of the Republican heap.

    As it is, though, he's a voice of sanity in a Republican Party that's gone war-crazy.

    October 3, 2007 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. Seth, Dallas, TX

    Ron Paul has real support! It's the polls that are fabricated.

    October 3, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. Robin Lapre

    I'm a democrat but I could vote for Ron Paul.
    He's the only one who has some real insight into why the USA has such low standing world wide. When 90% of the world has a negative image of the USA, you have to at least stop to wonder why.

    October 3, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. Brian, Austin TX

    i'm voting democrat, but he is the only republican I like in the field. The only honest one.

    October 3, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. Jonathan Dunder, Marion IA

    Go Ron Paul! $50 of that is mine! :D

    October 3, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. Trent Hill, Denham Springs, Louisiana

    Wow. This is EXTREMELY impressive.

    October 3, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Jason Bargender, Bowling Green Ohio

    That is quite an accomplishment for Congressman Paul to have more than doubled what he raised from the 2Q. (Especially with other candidates raising significantly less during the 3Q) Perhaps this is the first sign that traditional Republican Orthodoxy of the last 7 years is coming undone and an anti-war, fiscally conservative and pro civil liberties candidate might make a legitimate run for President. Wouldn’t it be refreshing to have an anti-war Democrat run against an anti-war Republican in ’08?

    October 3, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. Matt, Bloomsburg, Pa

    Cash on Hand is the important number. Does CNN have this, and will it compare this to other canidates. I find the amount a candiate can raise not important. But how much they spend, and how wisely they spend it important. A lot of these candiates spend like drunken sailors. Whats to stop them from doing it when they get in the white house. Is anyone really happy with the amount of debt this country is in?

    October 3, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  25. Mike, Somerville, MA

    It's nice to see Ron Paul being talked about in the mainstream media in a positive light.

    Ron Paul is going to surprise alot of people.

    Go Ron Paul!

    October 3, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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