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. Valerie, Colora, MD

    I changed my party affiliation to Republican to be able to vote for Ron Paul in the primary. To all of you showing your support for Ron Paul, please consider changing your party affiliation if your state does not allow you to vote in the Republican primary.

    Please do this soon. Maryland's deadline to make this change is in November. Voter registration deadlines will vary by state.

    Go Ron Paul!

    October 3, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. R.J. Turner

    I love Dr. Ron Paul and his views. He has got my VOTE!!

    October 3, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. Richard DeLozier, Fort Worth Tx

    this says he is locked on low single digits in the polls, I have not seen a single poll where this is the case. actually in the live in person GOP straw polls, he has won at least 6 and came in second in at least 5.. then if you look online for polls, he is usually winning by an alarming margin. where are these polls where he is losing, this is fiction.

    October 3, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Rudy G, New York

    Ron Paul – in the only UNCENSORED, UNCONTROLLABLE POLL, the internet is amongst the top 3 candidates (and #1 in many cases).

    Just check out the Election 2008 section at http://www.HitWise.com, and the stats available at http://www.TechPresident.com – there the truth can be seen.

    October 3, 2007 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. David Yoo, Chapel Hill, NC

    I voted for Bill Clinton twice, Al Gore, and John Kerry. I wasn't too enthused doing it but felt it was better to err on the side of social liberties. Now I am a Ron Paul zealot, donating to a candidate for the first time. If you are a convert as well, please make sure to re-register as a Republican so that you can actually vote for him in the upcoming primaries. Otherwise, all of our enthusiasm won't mean squat because he won't survive the primary season and become the official nominee. Then our choices for president will boil down to Guiliani or Clinton. I'd rather chew my own fingers off.

    October 3, 2007 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. James, West Palm Beach, Florida

    Thank God for Ron Paul. Lets see how the media spins this one.

    October 3, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. Jimi, Fairfax Virginia

    Freedom and Liberty

    Do we know what it means? Ron Paul may but he needs to draw a more comprehensive picture of what it looks like. Are we really closer to a police state? The DEA, FBI and CIA would love to enforce it. We have more people in prison then any other country. And most, for non-violent offenses. Freedom, cmon Ron, teach us so we can get out of this mess. Do you know what you will do when you are truly free? Careful, big brother is listening!

    October 3, 2007 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. James, West Palm Beach, Florida

    October 3, 2007

    Paul Campaign Raises Over $5,000,000 In Third Quarter


    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – The Ron Paul 2008 presidential campaign raised $5,080,000 during the third quarter of 2007. That is an impressive 114 percent increase from the second quarter.

    Cash on hand for the Paul campaign is $5,300,000.

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

    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 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Troy, Houston Texas

    Its about time, Its NOT a surprise to Us Ron Paul supporters. There are tons of us now. And EVERYTIME we go out into the city, more and more convert to Ron Paul.


    October 3, 2007 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. Lorenz

    Me and my mother donated 100 each. If this man does not get elected, i'm heading out of this country. You should too.

    October 3, 2007 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. David, Kansas City, MO

    It is only a shock for those that have their facsist head firmly planted in Marxist sand.

    October 3, 2007 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. Ed, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

    Ron is the best hope for America to move forward to a better future.

    GO Ron Paul!!!

    Kick some right wing loonie butt.

    October 3, 2007 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. Jane K.

    I have converted close to 200 Democrat voters over to Ron Paul in the last two weeks. Most of these people were Obama or Hillary supporters. Thanks to the Internet and word-of-mouth, Ron Paul will win the primary and the election. His momentum is gaining strength every day. The rest of the candidates cannot hope to win by money alone. They will have to resort to cheating, and we will be watching their every move this time around.

    October 3, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. Joseph Tyler, Texas

    I'm the head of "Students for Ron Paul" at Tyler Junior College and I can say the support growing for him is exponential.

    October 3, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Rob Barnett, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Ron Paul may be one of the last opportunities we get to restore some semblance of conservative, Christian, constitutional government. Don't let liberals or neo-cons tell us we have no right to recoupe the patrimony our Founding Fathers left us.

    Go Ron Go.

    October 3, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. Liberty First, Last and Always, Honolulu, HI

    Dr. Paul's superb performance reflects the immense disgust REASONable people feel toward the corporate political and media "elites" that purposefully maintain an increasingly fractious status quo. Only the wonderful re-emphasis on the Liberty experiment as described in the Constitution Dr. Paul tirelessly champions will inspire the indebted, stressed, unhappy, unrewarded, yet hard working citizenry to reject the insulting "choices" trumpeted by the "mainstream". The greatest challenge is to encourage citizens so demoralized by decades of pathetic "leadership" to re-examine their essential role in the political process, think for themselves, and VOTE. Dr. Paul's message is so fundamentally attractive and makes so much basic sense compared to the squabbling drivel ghostwritten for the other candidates that he unites people of all backgrounds to give his cause their hard-earned money. The level of disdain with the current process, wherein less than half of eligible voters participate, is such that it would not be surprising to see Dr. Paul campaign as an Independent should the cowards in the Republican hierarchy continue to ignore the basic constitutional desires all citizens crave yet few attain. After all, the other candidates from both the Democratic and Republican empires are but two sides of the same increasingly worthless coin. Dr. Paul is the only candidate who enables the citizenry to dream of a better future - just imagine what the nation would be like after eight years of a Paulist presidency, then get out there and encourage everyone you know who is profoundly dissatisfied to spread the word.

    October 3, 2007 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. Michael Moon, Santa Clara, CA


    Ron Paul is way too far out for Washington. Fiscal responsibility, Intelligent policy, Reasonable Diplomacy and Peace. All the other major candidates are in favor of extending military influence in the region and spending the future of the next 5 generations.

    October 3, 2007 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |

    truth justice and the american way VOTE RON PAUL the media can not stop the truth and ron paul represents the view of the many not the special intrest of the few!!!!!!!! (STOP LISTENING TO FOX CNN MSNBC OR YOU WOULD NOT EVEN KNOW RON PAUL) THE PEOPLES CHAMPION AND WEATHER YOU LIKE HIM OR NOT HES THE BEST THING GOING TODAY

    October 3, 2007 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. Frank , Canada

    Hi America

    I'm from Canada and I hope and pray we get someone like RP here.{someday}

    As an outsider to this debate I've been following your 2008 Presidencial election. This guy sounds like the real deal, maybe even someone you might put on your currency at a later
    date. He, too me seems to be the one to finally unite your Country.

    Why is it allways about Dems and Reps and not whats good for you?

    October 3, 2007 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. laurinda,ny


    October 3, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. Bill George, Rockville, MD

    The one man who speaks the truth, fact over rhetoric, pragmatism over legalism, compassion over relgiosity. His free medical treatment and delivering babies for no cost is a zenith in philanthropy and altruism that no other contender can match. The only thing is that Dr. Paul is probably too early – in his days nobody believed Galileo.

    Go RON PAUL!!! There's a doctor in the House. Let get him in the White House.

    October 3, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. Nick, Urabana IL

    Oh, no. Now they're starting to spam his bank account.

    October 3, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. Bev M. Bradenton, FL

    The voice of the people rather than the corporations. I don't care what ticket he's on, he's got my vote. Go Ron Go!!!

    October 3, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. Lorenz

    CNN – why is this not on the headlines in the politics section? Do america a favor, and let more people be exposed to this.

    October 3, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. D. Peterson - Agoura Hills, CA

    Dr. Paul could be the last bastian of hope for a country that is now owned by the military industrial complex that Eisenhower warned us about.

    I am a democrat and would vote for Ron over any of the leading candidates in that party... a lot of other democcrats feel the same...

    SAY NO TO HILLARY!!! A republican with a "D" on her chest.

    October 3, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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