October 3rd, 2007
04:15 PM ET
3 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. Robby, Macon, GA

    Way to go Ron Paul! Ron Paul is a great American patriot.

    October 3, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. Andrew, NJ

    Polls don't really take into account his actual base. Lets look at the #s:

    1-They only poll registered Republicans who voted in the primaries. So that takes out all the young supporters
    2-It takes out all people who were independant/3rd party
    3-Half the time polls don't even mention him by name. Or put him in a secondary subtree.

    I would SERIOUSLY be surprised if Ron Paul does not end up with the most individual donors out of all Republicans.

    + You have to take into account that he is the only one who actually improved on his Q2 numbers.
    Paul: Fundraising up 114%
    Romney: Fundraising down 29%
    Guilliani: Fundraising down 40%
    McCain: Fundraising down 55%

    And I think he'll be fairly high in Cash on hand...since going into Q4 he has $5,300,000 COH...which should be higher than even Mitt...once you take out all the debt he has

    October 3, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Paul, Philadelphia

    Maybe the mainstream media *cough* CNN *cough* will start giving him the attention he deserves. He isn't some crackpot just because he isn't mainstream. Its amazing how a little coverage in spaces such as this could change his poll numbers.

    October 3, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. Ivan Zubkov, Ooltewah, TN

    Ron Paul is a brilliant man who endorses constitution and believes in fundamental freedoms. I believe people should take time to understand his message.

    October 3, 2007 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. Daniel, El Paso, TX

    Not a suprise here, the republicans are fed up! And are the democrats. Its not former Gov. Bill Richardson either... He was reelected in 2006 and is serving his 2nd term as Gov. of New Mexico.

    October 3, 2007 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. Michael, Seattle, WA

    Always grateful for some much deserved Ron Paul media attention. Such an increase in a typically slow fundraising quarter speaks volumes the growth in Paul support.

    October 3, 2007 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. Mark, Alexandria, VA

    Fantastic!

    October 3, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. rek, Santa Cruz, CA

    It's only going to get better from here. I'm glad we're finally going to prove that he's not "just the internet" (whatever that's supposed to mean).

    October 3, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. Rada, Houston TX

    I am a democrat and Ron will be the only one in the GOP that will get my vote.

    October 3, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. Andrew, NJ

    The guy who mentioned George Soros? Are you an idiot? Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate getting his money from small donors.

    In Q2 the average donation was $40. And they said that in Q3 the average donation will be simliiar to that.

    You people remind me of little kids...with fingers in your ears going "nananana I'm not hearing you...Bush is great...we are winning in Iraq...the economy is doing great"

    Turn off Fox News propaganda...and get real

    October 3, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. Mark, Rio de Janeiro

    A shock only to those who have no clue!!!

    October 3, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. Derek, Grand Rapids, MI

    I think this will prove to be much more impressive when the actually number of contributors are revealed. I am willing to bet Paul doubles McCain in number of unique contributors. This will show that he has more support than the mass media candidates, but doesn't have the deep pocket support that the mass media helps bring out. Maybe CNN and the other media giants will start gfiving him equal press time now and we can really see his campaign shock people.

    October 3, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. Micah Nelson Newport, RI

    Those of us who support him are in no way surprised. Freedom really is popular!

    Finally a candidate the rest of us can really stand behind.

    Peace and Liberty through limited government. Ron Paul really is hope for America.

    October 3, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. Raymond, Colmesneil, TX

    And that $5 million doesn't count all the FREE campaigning he's getting from thousands of supporters.

    To put it in perspective, I run a meetup group of 19 members and we have spent nearly $700, not counting our time. So add another $700 for our time and another $600 since we're a below-average sized group, multiply by 950 meetup groups nationwide and you get $1.9 million.

    No doubt about it, he's top tier.

    October 3, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. Robert Krzyzanowski, Naperville, IL

    Looks like that's the end of Ron Paul

    's second tier status!

    Good job, buddy.

    October 3, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. Adam Driscoll, Burbank, CA

    Go Ron Paul! We can only pray that this leads to millions$$ more in coverage value by the MSM.

    Btw, 1/10,000th of that is my donation!

    October 3, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. Jacob Bofferding, IA

    It's no shock to all his supporters - only the mainstream media and other candidates that have been doing their best to ignore him.

    Great job, Ron!

    October 3, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. Anonymous, Calif.

    Kudos to Dr. Paul. I hope he does well in the early primaries and can pull the upset.

    October 3, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. Lee, Tupelo, MS

    People are tired of the phoney Left vs. Right paradigm. Ron Paul shatters the illusion b/c he represents FREEDOM and the Constitution. All these other bozos couldn't care less about these things. Good job, Dr. Paul!

    October 3, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. Mike, Winter Park, FL

    Well it's about damn time. There's a whole lot of us out here who are tired of giving up our freedoms so the government can "protect us." We want our freedom and we're taking it back from the socialist-liberals and neo-conservatives like it or not!

    Vote Ron Paul 2008!
    http://www.RonPaul2008.com

    October 3, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. John Thomas, Edina, MN

    Very impressive, Dr. Paul. You appear to be the only candidate that has INCREASED your fund raising from the previous quarter. It certainly does look like Liberty is gaining momentum, though so many still refuse to accept it. It can only get better from here.

    October 3, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. Jo, ATL GA

    I see his signs everywhere around Atlanta. Too bad he is in the wrong party. He is such an Intelligent man. Don't know what he is going with the Republican Party.....too bad though. I want my Clinton Years back....and so do many Americans. that's why it does not fly when they say the Clintons are of the past.... Its like remember the good old days.....ehh

    October 3, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. Michael, Cape Coral Florida

    Many states now actively establishing closed primaries, in order to block the Democrat and Independent votes for Ron Paul. This will backfire on the power mongers, who will try to deny you your choice for President. Register as a Republican Now, in every state, in order to be allowed to vote for Ron Paul. Do it Now!

    October 3, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. Aaron, Boise, Idaho

    I donated to Ron Paul because he will give all Americans our freedom back.

    October 3, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. Joseph Herrera, Warner Robins, Georgia

    Thank you CNN for this article about Ron Paul's campaign. I am a proud GOP conservative who supports Ron Paul and his messages of freedom and liberty. Our meetup group will have a booth at the Georgia National Fair Oct 4-14th, drop by and learn about this great American. Google his name, check him out on YouTube, do your own research. Go Ron Paul 2008!!!

    October 3, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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