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


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  1. David, Ann Arbor, MI

    James in Phoenix:

    If you read the framers' words and the federalist papers, you'd see that the Constitution was unequivocally designed as a system of limited, defined government. That very idea is repeated time and again both by the men in question as well as early SCOTUS decisions.

    Consider also that the Bill of Rights isn't even an original part of the Constitution, and you'll see that the document was created to define the structure and scope of the government. Everything dealing with personal rights came later.

    We have drifted away from the government born of the blood and sweat of the forefathers; we have somehow lost hold of the government to which we promised to be bound by and now have a virtually unchecked system of effective decree rather than rule of law (as Congress declares, so shall it be...see the modern application of the interstate commerce clause).

    The point? Ron Paul has it right and understands that we must cut back on the encroachments that have hijacked our system of government. If you love the ideals of this country and understand the importance of the rule of law, lend Dr. Paul your support. He is the only candidate with whom you know exactly what it is you're getting: freedom and respect for the individual.

    October 3, 2007 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  2. clay, Chicago IL

    Ron Pual is realistically the second frontrunner in the Republican Party. McCain is in debt, hasn't won many straw pools, and has minimal grass roots support. Fred Thompson has no experience, can't debate, willn't last long, minimal grass root support, and pro war. His next quarter funds will decrease after the hollywood regean hype dissapers. Rommney is actually on equal footing as Paul and Rudy as he funded 6 million to his campaign this quarter with a personal loan. Thus, he has same donation amounts as McCain and Pual. He is Morman, Pro-war, Pro-Abortion, Flip-Flopper, and fake. His funds should remain strong with good media exposure. Lastly, Rudy won't last long as people are waking up to the lies surrounding the war and 9/11. He is crossdresser, flip-flops, has no understanding of foriegn policy, bigger NeoCon than Bush. He hasn't released fund, yet, so most likely cooking the books. Further, his politcal future surrounds 9/11 fear machine, which people want to move forward to a 9/12 future. He isn't the hero of 9/11, just research his decisions and action this day, ask firefighters, ask the congressional commmission on homeland security he quit, ask the multi-million dollar attendees of speaches he gave on profitting from this day.

    The only way the republicans can beat Hillary is with a pro-war republican, which can neutralize this threat as 80% of America wants our troops out of Iraq. This will make it a philosophical, and domestic policy debate between parties. Ron Paul can beat Hillary on the WAR, Foreign Policy, and Domestic Issues.

    Can't you republicans who have had your party stolen and principals destroyed by the NeoCons -former liberal democrats (True) – want to Win and get party back, rather than loose and destroy the future of the GOP? Ron Pual is the onlyone who can win!!

    October 3, 2007 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  3. Jim, El Segundo, Ca.

    The more people that find out about Ron Paul, fall in love with the guy and the things he stands for. If the main media would have covered him more in the past, he would no doubt be far ahead of where he is today. It is quite obvious some "Higher Ups" are very fearful of this canidate becomming president.

    October 3, 2007 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  4. William A Halifax N.S

    If this is as some commenters are saying, Republicans only hope at the Presidency they need to dial a prayer.

    These Ron Paul supporters give great insight into the depth and breath of Devastation the Bush Administration has reeked upon the Nation

    Realizing that these Americans actually see Ron Paul as their Saviour is the awakening. The awakening is how complete incompetence at the helm for two terms is the result of a minority of Americans believing anything is better than nothing!

    October 3, 2007 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  5. clay, chicago il

    Ron Paul is realistically the second frontrunner in the Republican Party. McCain is in debt, hasn't won many straw pools, and has minimal grass roots support. Fred Thompson has no experience, can't debate, won't last long, minimal grass root support, and pro war. His next quarter funds will decrease after the Hollywood Reagan hype disappears. Romney is actually on equal footing as Paul and Rudy as he funded 6 million to his campaign this quarter with a personal loan. Thus, he has same donation amounts as McCain and Paul. He is Mormon, Pro-war, Pro-Abortion, Flip-Flopper, and fake. His funds should remain strong with good media exposure. Lastly, Rudy won't last long as people are waking up to the lies surrounding the war and 9/11. He is cross dresser, flip-flops, has no understanding of foreign policy, bigger NeoCon than Bush. He hasn't released fund, yet, so most likely cooking the books. Further, his political future surrounds 9/11 fear machine, which people want to move forward to a 9/12 future. He isn't the hero of 9/11, just research his decisions and action this day, ask firefighters, ask the congressional commission on homeland security he quit, ask the multi-million dollar attendees of speeches he gave on profiting from this day.
    The only way the republicans can beat Hillary is with a pro-war republican, which can neutralize this threat as 80% of America wants our troops out of Iraq. This will make it a philosophical and domestic policy debate between parties. Ron Paul can beat Hillary on the WAR, Foreign Policy, and Domestic Issues.
    Can't you republicans who have had your party stolen and principals destroyed by the NeoCons -former liberal democrats (True) – want to Win and get party back, rather than loose and destroy the future of the GOP? Ron Paul is the only one who can win!!

    October 3, 2007 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  6. Irene, Clearwater, FL

    Well, I know I'm voting for Paul in the primary. He's the least loathsome of the candidates I have to choose from.

    That said, I'm still voting Democratic in the general elections–no matter who the candidate.

    October 3, 2007 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  7. number9, pasadena, ca

    still waiting for one example of a rp platform position that could be challenged as unconstitutional...

    October 3, 2007 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  8. Matt, Franklin, WI

    Ron Paul is the ONLY worthy candidate in the Republican party, hands down.

    I contributed $175 from four or five donations, plus I ordered a shirt for $18 and ordered 1,000 of each of the two types of "slim jim" information sheets that are available in the store at RonPaul2008.com for an additional $60. That's a total of $253 in Q3.

    I've received 500 of each of the "slim jims" and already drove around last Friday evening delivering them to newspaper boxes in my neighborhood. The next 500 will hopefully get here before this weekend so I can continue to make deliveries around the neighborhood. It took me from 3:30am until 6:00am to deliver both sets to 500 people, so 2.5 hours isn't a bad time investment if it means people will get the message that the media seems to refuse to report.

    I'll probably order many more boxes of "slim jims" and pass them out. $15 for 500 of these is 3 cents each. Though to be fair, I also paid $19 shipping for the first 1,000 and $12 shipping for the next 1,000, so it's more like 4.6 cents each if my math is correct. I can't say for sure that people aren't tossing these without reading them, but we all need to put in the effort if we want Ron Paul to win the Republican nomination. It's a small price to pay for freedom, right?

    Ron Paul is like the Fonz. How can you not like the guy? If you don't know him, get to know him!

    I haven't ordered any bumper stickers or yard signs yet, but I am planning on it after a few more paychecks come in.

    Go Ron Paul!

    October 4, 2007 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  9. Glenn Ray

    To: James, Phoeniz, AZ

    You wrote: "...would seeing the ACTUAL votes by Ron Paul convince you he is intent on eliminiating the FBI, DH[S], Department of Education, etc??" You then referred to several items listed at http://www.ontheissues.org/Ron_Paul.htm

    My comments:
    First, not all of the points you listed are representative of an actual VOTE in Congress; some are the viewpoints of a caucus (ex., "Abolish the ... [US] Department of Education" is a statement from the Republican Liberty Caucus) or the rephrased question in a debate (specifically: "Eliminate FBI & DHS" is derived from Fox News' Chris Wallace's question to Ron Paul in the University of New Hampshire debate).

    You may consider that a point in symantics, but if you're going to cut 'n' paste items from a website, you should make sure they follow your argument.

    Second, you list "No border fence", as a position, but not only do you not cite a date, you are incorrect in stating this as a position by Dr. Paul. In fact – quoting http://www.ontheissues.org – it states that he "Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)" This refers to Bill HR6061 to which he voted in favor of.

    Third, if you really want to know where Dr. Paul stands, you should get them direct from his website, rather than via 3rd generation sources.
    http://www.ronpaul2008.com/issues/

    Lastly, I again request that you provide your source that "George Saros has money to burn", implying that Saros was a contributor to Ron Paul's campaign. A website link will be fine.

    Until then, stick to the facts and stop with the weak and indirect analogies (ex. Ralph Nader, Model-T). They only indicate that you are more comfortable with rhetoric than true debate.

    October 4, 2007 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  10. Jefferson, SF, CA

    Ron Paul for the long haul!

    GOP voters want someone who’s not like Bush
    In the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll out 10/3/07, about half of all Republicans (48 percent) want a candidate who takes a “different approach” from that of the current president.

    How about Ron Paul!

    October 4, 2007 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  11. Chris, Pensacola, FL

    Laurinda,

    How many times are you going to post negative things on this post? If you don't like Ron, just be a man and say so. You don't need to spam this post with hate. You can go back to your socialist party and hang out there. You're not really that funny and probably don't have many friends.

    Ron Paul is freedom. You speak volumes of what democrat attitudes are. If you do post again, please tell us who you are voting for so we know who to return the favor to.

    October 4, 2007 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  12. JD, Nashville, TN

    Ron Paul 2008!

    Ron Paul = Freedom for America!

    I can't wait to see Ron Paul this Saturday in Nashville, TN!!!

    October 4, 2007 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. K, New York NY

    If he is to be successful, Dr. Paul needs to get REGISTERED Republican support, because only they can vote in most primaries. If college kids support him, it doesnt do any good, because they usually do not vote. That being said, nice $ haul by Ron Paul.

    October 4, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. James, Phoenix AZ

    Daid – Ann Arbor,

    You said, "The point? Ron Paul has it right and understands that we must cut back on the encroachments that have hijacked our system of government. If you love the ideals of this country and understand the importance of the rule of law, lend Dr. Paul your support. He is the only candidate with whom you know exactly what it is you're getting: freedom and respect for the individual."

    David – simple question... if these government agencies have been formed contrary to our Constitution – why doesn't Ron Paul simply file suit in Federal Court to have them deemed unconstitutional and eliminated?

    October 4, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. James, Phoenix AZ

    Glenn Ray –

    Let's "check" your intellectual honesty...

    Is Ron Paul a Republican or Libertarian?

    Show us any other Republican or a Republican Platform that calls for the legalization of drugs.

    Show us any other Republican or Republican Platform that calls for the elimination of the FBI and CIA (Did you watch the debate where Ron Paul when confronted with his own words to eliminate the FBI – Ron Paul started clapping?)

    Show us the Republican Platform that opposes the Death Penalty.

    Show us the Republican Platform which calls for the US to bail out of: UN, WTO, and bring every US soldier deployed strategically around the world – back to our soil.

    October 4, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. Shawn, baytown, tx

    Go Ron Paul. Make sure you guys are registered to vote in your state’s primary. Us in the later states are counting on you. Time may be coming to an end for you to register. Read your state rules for becoming a delegate for the state. Hang out by the polls that day, put out Ron Paul signs at the polls. To be a delegate you will probably have to show support for the party which will be painful for some but it is a necessary evil that we must all endure to make the Ron Paul dream a reality. For all you people who still think Ron Paul is a side show, think again. Look at the money he raised, not bad for someone who is supported by a bunch of so called spammers.

    October 4, 2007 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  17. Eric V. Trucksville PA.

    Ron Paul is a true American,"This man is god sent"..."Any American who cares about the constitution should vote for this man",we only have one chance to get this country back to the way our founding fathers had wanted it!!Because if we let the Nafta,cafta,Nau,WTO,Icc,Gatt,UN.,or in that case the Patriot Act take over, you could kiss this great nation good bye..(HE HAS MY VOTE 100%)

    October 4, 2007 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  18. Proud Campaign Supporter Canton, OH

    We are behind you all the way Dr. Paul!! We are spreading awareness in Canton, OH as much as we can!

    October 5, 2007 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  19. Nicolas Martin, Indianaplis, IN

    As of today, Ron has raised more than $6 million for the final quarter, which is just one-third over, including over $3 million just today! Talk truth to power, contribute today!

    November 5, 2007 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  20. Zack, San Francisco, CA

    Considering that his average donation is only $50, I expect Ron's fund raising is just going to keep going through the roof.

    Someone that gave $50 is likely to give again, I know I will. Plus it shows a wide base of support.

    I'm curious what percentage of 11/5/07 donors were first time political donors. I was, and I was proud to see my name up on his recent donor list.

    GO RON GO!

    November 6, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  21. Jeffrey, Moscow ID

    Locked into low single digits....
    How are these polls conducted?
    Is the Paul camp really that small, that noisy and that generous?
    Maybe it is just that most people are sleepwalking, and those of us who are awake are more active.
    But I have a feeling someone is doing some creative math with the polls.

    November 7, 2007 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  22. John

    Ron Rules, James in AZ wake up, if Ron Paul doesnt fly you wont live in a free country next year.

    Get Real News http://www.infowars.com

    November 7, 2007 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  23. Todd, Washington, DC

    Ron Paul is a true American hero and patriot. The Establishment is scared- and they should be!

    November 7, 2007 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  24. Paul Massachusetts

    I don't think anyone who hears Dr. Paul speak could be shocked at his success. He speaks from the heart with true conviction and with such a quick witted intelligence. The other supposed "top" candidates sound like a bunch of stiff robots with their rehearsed key phrases.

    November 11, 2007 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  25. John, Sunland, CA

    Things are looking brighter since Dec 16th when he raked in $6 million putting him at $18 for the Q4. I threw in my $100, hope I get to earn it back Nov 2008.

    December 17, 2007 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
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