October 3rd, 2007
04:15 PM ET
7 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. Sarah, Kansas City, MO

    If this man were elected president (I agree with his stance on Iraq, but that is about it), he would veto every single spending bill that comes his way. That would shut down everything. Nothing would get done. Bottom line, every veto would overridden in the end.

    He sounds wonderful on surface but if you like the idea of Social Security (and especially if your parents receive it), forget it under this guy. Same thing with medicare. Now some of you may like that and I am glad you are independently wealthy but a majority of Americans are not and rely, at least partly, on Social Security and medicare. These issues have not been addressed to Congressman Paul. Have you, who support him, bothered to find out where he stands on these issues? Remember, you may find yourself in a position someday of needing these programs.

    I think people are so frustrated that they are looking for someone different. But that someone different will have to work with congress and if he can't, then it is 4 years of nothing.

    October 3, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. theprolific

    Ron Paul cannot be ignored by the media. He can win and save this country. Register and vote!

    October 3, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. ben, santa fe, nm

    Richardson is still New Mexico's governor.

    October 3, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. laurinda,ny

    Oh, This is all we need an old Republican man. I think we need someone younger with new and fresh ideas. We need a leader, we deserve it after all we have been through with that dumb Republican Bush.

    October 3, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Max, Austin TXq

    Ron Paul is a legitimate contender! Hopefully the momentum will keep snowballing. Do yourself a favor...read Dr. Paul's platform. LIBERTY is an American platform...not Democrat, not Republican, AMERICAN.


    October 3, 2007 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. Chris, Pensacola FL

    George Soros can only contribute 2300 per election cycle. I seriously doubt there are 501/3c's donating to his campaign.

    I've dontated quite a bit to Ron Pauls campaign myself. I also plan on attending the meetup groups.

    The grounds are shaking and it's really strange, although obvious, why the mainstream is trying to downplay him.

    Just google Ron Paul or see how many supporters there are. There are FAR more websited dedicated to Ron Paul. I just hope we can blow away those fake polls and crank it out election cycle. We'll know in a few months if our elections are rigged.

    Bring it home Ron, the doors wide open.

    October 3, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. Tim T., Seattle, WA

    Ron Paul wants to get rid of excessive, bloated, inefficient government that has become too large for its own good. Most of human history we have done just fine without our current overgrown government babysitter. Let the states handle more, let the Federal government handle FAR LESS, and get the international banking families, Israel, the Vatican, and the mafia OUT OF OUR GOVERNMENT NOW! They do not represent us. If they want to buy a country, why don't they just buy some land in the Ukraine, start their Lucifer-worshipping society, and leave the USA alone already?

    October 3, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. Kelly, Milford OH

    He is only low in corporate run polls controlled by those who fear a candidate who will fight to clean up Washington's act. He is the most reasonable sounding person running today. I don't agree with him 100% on everything, but he blows away the other candidates in ideas, honesty and integrity. Even if he wins congress will fight to maintain the status quo of doing work for the rich and ignoring the people. But it will be a start. He has my vote.

    October 3, 2007 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. Toni, Tyler, Texas

    It is about time people started to listen. He makes more sense than any of the other republican candidates. Go Ron Paul!!!

    October 3, 2007 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. Tim Dehan, OKC OK

    Ron Paul is the only vote that counts...

    October 3, 2007 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. Tim Baltimore, MD

    I am not someone who usually contributes money to anything...political candidates or otherwise. However, I gave $100 to Ron Paul last quarter and will give at least $250 this quarter.
    Ron Paul stands for everything this country was founded on. He is uncompromisingly principled and honest. America is tired of getting rippped off with taxes, tired of unnecessary wars, and tired of special interests running the country.

    October 3, 2007 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. Bryce, Clearwater Fl.

    More and more people are waking up to the fact that Ron Paul is one of the few that does not have a money trail leading to a corporate master – go Ron!

    October 3, 2007 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. Ramu Ramaswami,Allentown,PA

    Poor John McCain.
    Anybody associated with Bush, deserves
    to be defeated.
    Keep trying John, you will never make it whitehouse.

    October 3, 2007 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. JB, Winston-Salem, N.C.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again.
    Ron Paul is the only candidate the GOP can win the white house with. Hardcore republicans will never vote for Hillary (who is the most likely Dem. Candidate). So they'll vote for him if he's nominated. Most Dems. want out of Iraq and none of the top Dem. Candidates are willing to do that anytime soon, so he'd actually attract Democratic votes as well as Independents and Libertarians.
    Plus, look at his voting record, he's practically untouchable.

    October 3, 2007 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. Lane Meyer, Salt Lake City Utah

    Shock shmock! Get with it CNN!! Having said that I do appreciate the fact that you have reported this significant news at all. Please join the fight for freedom. Your children need you. Your country needs you. The world needs you.

    October 3, 2007 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. Joe in Los Angeles

    Ron Paul will be President.

    Most people just don't know it yet!!!

    Let's keep it going people!!!

    October 3, 2007 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. Ben, Rochester MI

    Halleluia! As another true patriot Thomas Jefferson once said…"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies". Dr. Paul knows this to be true and that's why he has mu support.

    October 3, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. Manuel Sanchez, Revere, MA

    God, what a waste of money.

    October 3, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. Terry, El Paso, TX

    To dream the impossible dream!

    Best of luck to Paul. I intend to vote Democrat myself, but he would make the election more fun. Most of you who have posted comments in support of Paul are voicing the Barry Goldwater's (may he rest in peace) hidden voter argument. He believed that many people do not vote because Americans are naturally Conservative and the major parties did not offer a candidate that they liked. He believed that his candidacy would bring those voters to the polls.

    Lyndon Johnson chewed him up and spit him out, as we all know. Johnson was a master, of the art of politics but even he would be no match for the Clintons.

    I predict that Ron Paul will not be the nominee because the Republican leadership – while it needs your votes – cares little for your opinions. They consider you to be from the bumpkin wing of the party, but they won't say that to your face. They figure – correctly – that they'll get your votes anyway (are you going to stay home when you have a chance to vote against Hillary?). And they do not intend to give leadership to a loose cannon.

    If Paul doesn win the nomination, the battle between him and Clinton will be like a battle between an aircraft carrier and a tugboat. The Republicans left in Congress in 2009 could be seated in an Arbys.

    It would be like the Democrats nominating Ralph Nader – another man who is too honest to win and too noble to lie.

    October 3, 2007 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. Sean, St. Louis, MO

    This should prove that the Paul campaign needs to be taken seriously by the media. I'd say this makes him a 'top tier' candidate.

    October 3, 2007 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. John Butler

    The key thing here is not only did he raise that much, he did it on the donations of the people, rather than big businesses like Clinton & Obama. This money was literally raised $25 to $50 at a time by real people who actually want to see change in America. That makes this accomplishment even THAT MORE AMAZING!!!


    October 3, 2007 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. Howard, Reno, NV

    I am so pleased that a Libertarian candidate is getting so much attention.

    Usually I only vote Libertarian, but this year I'm definitely going to register republican just so I can vote for Ron Paul.

    October 3, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. Chris, Gainesville, GA.

    Ron Paul doesn't accept contibutions from corporation, labor union or national banks. He only excepts contributions from individuals. If you take away the contributions to the other candadites from the gruops, I think you will find the numbers very similiar.

    October 3, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. JKap, Schaumburg, IL

    Ron Paul Revolution! Legalize the Constitution!

    October 3, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. David, Dallas TX

    Attn: Independent and Democrat voters who want to vote for Ron. Click here now to see if your state has a closed primary. http://www.ronpaul2008.com/primary-and-caucus-information/

    If it is closed, be sure to click on your state and register Republican so you can vote for Ron in the primary. You can always change back parties later. Hurry, New Hampshire just closed their primary and made Oct 12th their deadline to change. You know why they did this, now go help save our country.

    October 3, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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