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. J. Stephen Conn, Loveland, Ohio

    I'm proud to be one of those who has made a small contribution to the Ron Paul Campaign. As a 62-year-old man, he is the first candidate I have ever given to because he is the first I have ever felt passionately about. Ron Paul is the most principled man in American politics and America's best chance to see a return of Constitutional government.

    October 3, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Janel , Richland Center, WI

    Way to go Ron Paul!! You rock!!

    October 3, 2007 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Bill George, Rockville, MD

    The man who matters. No other candidate in the GOP race has the credentials to match this tremendous human being – the free medical treatment he provided in Texas and delivering babies for free. Now, his charity is coming back.

    Dr. Paul, the man who stands for the truth, fact above rheotric, compassion above legalism, the only one with a vision. Go RON PAUL!!!

    October 3, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Go, Ron, Go - Pittsburgh, PA

    Glad to see actual conservatism coming back...lately, we've just been able to choose between what flavor of high-debt big government we were going to get...

    October 3, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. MJ, Seymour,CT

    This is the best news I have heard in weeks. Ron Paul's message and dedication to his principles is proving to be an incredible inspiration for many. His donations have come from regular people not special interest groups like those with tens of millions.

    October 3, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. Glenn Ray, Cypress, TX

    For the first time in over 20 years, I have finally found a candidate worthy of my respect and support, as as such, I gladly donated to Ron Paul's campaign in the 3rd quarter.

    To James in Arizona: According to newsmeat.com, George Saros has not made any donations to Ron Paul's campaign. In fact, most of Mr. Saros' donations have been to the DNC or Barack Obama's campaign. Where did you get this information? Secondly, if you've listened to Dr. Paul's comments regarding the Executive Branch's agencies, it is clear that he wants to eliminate the beaurocracies and red tape; not necessarily all the agencies and departments themselves.

    October 3, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Jim McMichael Brandon, MS

    Maybe people are finally waking up to the fact that their "top tier" candidates have been hand picked for them, and the people find them equally repulsive. Dr. Paul is our last best hope in this country. All the others – all of them! – are merely the same. Not a dime's worth of difference between them. Go Ron.

    October 3, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. Jonathan, Englewood CO

    James said:

    "Advocating the shut-down of the FBI, CIA, Homeland Security, Department of Education, and most other Government agencies is NOT going to fly."

    I think the implications of this argument are a straw man. He's not advocating that we have absolutely no intelligence agency whatsoever, but rather the departments we do have need reformation.

    More transparency of spending would be a good start at cutting the fat.

    October 3, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. Greg, Florida

    As all can see, Dr. Paul HAS a passionate and growing support, among the American people. It is the mainstream media and their bogus polls that have it wrong. Now in addition to fighting for airtime on bias mainstream media the campaign must also now deal with the GOP changing the rules for voting in primaries of some states, to further hamper Dr. Paul's efforts. Do not sit on the sidelines......register Republican so that you can vote in your primary without any problems. Make sure your voice is heard.
    BUCK the system......vote Ron Paul.
    For those that have not yet joined the Revolution.....google Ron Paul, and educate yourself.
    Ron Paul = Hope for America.

    October 3, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. Billy Madison, Chicago, IL

    Ron Paul FTW!!!

    October 3, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. Bruce Arnold, McDonald Co. Missouri

    I've never donated to any political campaign before, but I've donated hundreds to Ron Paul (and plan to donate hundreds more).

    We've never had a presidential candidate like him in my lifetime... An honest man with a proven track record.

    I encourage everyone to dig deep in the pockets during this next quarter, the MOST IMPORTANT period of fundraising before the primaries begin.

    I know I will.

    October 3, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. Daniel, Paris, France

    Go Ron Paul!
    I have never even thought of donating before but now that I hear Paul's message of freedom I am ready to give thousands to this man. He is the only hope for this country.

    October 3, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Dianne, Matthews, North Carolina

    I contributed to Ron Paul, as he is the only candidate running in either party that I consider honest and dedicated to the protection of America.

    October 3, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Chip Celina OH

    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.

    Actually, he is what the Republican party is. The party has been hi-jacked as of late. Many are afraid of a Ron Paul presidency because the liberty he espouses also carries a requirement of personal responsibility. He is in essence a libertarian which the 'traditional' Republican party was quite like.

    With the dismantling of many of these government bureaucracies (of which there should be more than just CIA, FBI, etc.) the nany state will diminish greatly and it will be up to individuals to make their own way!

    I love his principles, I only wish more of my fellow countrymen did too!.

    In the debates he always states where he stands. In the last one he actually admitted during a question that he had changed his stance on the death penalty. If you look at his record, he is extremely consistent, a far cry from the poll driven candidates. You know who I mean!

    Have a great day!

    October 3, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. Dayne, Pittsburgh, PA

    Very glad to see this on the top of the Ticker, exactly where it belongs. Consider the following part of the press release:

    "Ron Paul's 114 percent increase is in stark contrast to the decrease suffered by Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, and John McCain. Romney's fundraising was down 29 percent. Giuliani was down 40 percent. McCain was down 55 percent."

    That alone speaks volumes.

    October 3, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. Victor, Van Nuys

    We will if every American hears his message.

    October 3, 2007 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. disinter

    Congratulations to Dr. Paul!!

    October 3, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. John, Austin, TX

    Jo in Atl, GA:

    Dr. Paul is not in the wrong party. Bush and his cronies are in the wrong party. Historically, they have no place in the Republican party. They are neo-conservatives – ex-Trotskyite, big-government socialists who switched parties from the Democrats to the Republicans in the '60s. Traditional Republicans believe in individual liberties and non-interventionism, just like Dr. Paul.

    October 3, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. Damien,Belpre,OHIO

    Yes! GO Ron

    Paul 2008 Legealaize the constitution!

    October 3, 2007 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. David, Redding, CA

    It may be a shock to the MSM that Paul raised 5 mil for the quarter, but to the Paul supporters it is no surprise. Freedom is popular. Join the REVOLUTION. Ron Paul in 2008

    October 3, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. Luis, Jacksonville, FL

    Still, the question lingers: who in the blue heck is Ron Paul. :-)

    October 3, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  22. jordan selvidge, san diego, ca

    Ron Paul CAN win this thing if we all believe. We can use this positive development in fundraising to go out there and raise even more money. This should shock the non believers out there. This is just the beginning. Ron Paul is the change this country needs. If you havent yet donated then do so today. If you have already donated then do it again this quarter and then find someone who hasnt donated and convince them. We can do this!

    October 3, 2007 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. Jason - Fishers, IN

    Ron Paul's 114 percent increase is in stark contrast to the decrease suffered by Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, and John McCain. Romney's fundraising was down 29 percent. Giuliani was down 40 percent. McCain was down 55 percent.

    October 3, 2007 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  24. Rahn, Loxahatchee Fl

    Dr. Paul has done it again!
    Hey folks it was you too! All those signs and emails and phone calls, talking to people in stores, at the gas station, at work... it all pays off!
    Let's work twice as hard now that we KNOW it can be done!
    Keep it going folks, we can win this thing!
    Ron Paul for US all!!

    October 3, 2007 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. Tom Dybowski,Toronto Canada

    Ron Paul is the only truly anti war candidate with a chance to win...and the only one who wants to abolish the FED and the IRS!
    http://www.ronpaul2008.com
    freedom is popular!

    October 3, 2007 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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