October 3rd, 2007
04:15 PM ET
8 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. Erin, Aurora, CO

    Anybody who thinks that Dr. Paul is too far out there to get mainstream votes just doesn't know what he stands for. He stands for liberty and freedom. What is more American than that? Now that he's "shocked" us with his recent fundraising, let's see some more balanced reporting on the candidates!

    October 3, 2007 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Archie, Madison, WI

    I thought CNN wasn't allowing Anonymous postings? Nice moderation.

    Please place this news story into the headlines, as it deserves recognition.

    Ron Paul is the only viable candidate the Republican party has in the running, and the only one who has a chance at all of beating Hillary.

    October 3, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. Diane, Central Islip, NY

    Ron Paul is our guy! This increase in fundraising should show that Ron Paul is no second-tier candidate like media has portrayed him. Ron Paul is in the game to win. He has been to all the debates including the one on PBS that many of the "top tier" candidates refused to show up at. Ron Paul is a top tier candidate. His message and fundraising proves it.

    October 3, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. Danny C K-Town TN

    Way to go Ron. You have my full fledged support. thanks to CNN for having the b@lls to report this. Keep the message of Dr. Paul coming. We desperately need a change from the corruption of our current congress/senate/pres admin and over gov't. RON PAUL 08' Just another one of the members of the Ron Paul REVOLUTION. PEACE TO YOU ALL!!!!!

    October 3, 2007 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. Brandon, Fairfax VA

    It's only a shock to those who dismiss his supporters as a rabid bunch of a couple hundred schoolkids. Which is how CNN has also treated him as.

    Congratulations on getting this far, Dr. Paul. You and we have further to go.

    October 3, 2007 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. Pam Holt Los Angeles, CA

    I love Ron Paul's anti-war views, but he is still a Republican after all, and he opposes stem-cell research and abortion rights, just to name a couple of things.

    Democrats, please don't change parties to support Ron Paul. Dennis Kucinich is the ONLY candidate for peace-loving, free-thinking (or even just thinking for that matter) Democrats! Don't let the corporate-run mainstream media brainwash you into believing that he doesn't have support. He doesn't get the dirty millions that the other candidates do because he refuses to take corporate donations- No Strings Attached with Kucinich! That can't be a real measure for support when it comes to a candidate like Dennis Kucinich that can't be bought. Isn't this the kind of candidate we've all been waiting for: honest, smart, and he always has only his constituents' interests to look our for?

    He's also the ONLY candidate that will provide ALL Americans with the health care that should be a right, not a privilege, just as it is in other developed countries.

    October 3, 2007 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. theoreticalgirl

    Ron Paul only accepts donations from individuals. That's $2300 a pop. No corporate or lobby group donations. No borrowing money from himself. Moreover, he is extremely frugal, so the 5 million will go a long way.

    October 3, 2007 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. Paul, New Orleans, LA

    It is time for some serious change! All those who dismiss him as not knowing what govt is, he is on the finance and foreign relations committees. This only will make us stronger, Keep it up people, its time for the people to rise and take back our country!!

    October 3, 2007 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. Richard Wicks

    Gee whiz, how will the slimy dishonest "free" press spin this now?

    American Pravda will figure out some way to pretend that nobody in the US wants an honest politician for president, and I'm certain that electronic voting machines will play a part.

    October 3, 2007 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |


    October 3, 2007 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  11. Darwin Holmstrom, Maple Grove, Minnesota

    All the "experts" are really going to be surprised is Dr. Paul runs as a third-party candidate and beats both Clinton and Giuliani. I have been voting since 1980, and so far I have always been choosing between the lesser of two evils. Dr. Paul is the first candidate I support for who he is and what he represents rather than who he is running against. Add up the people like me, throw in the Republicans who reject Giuliani and the Democrats who reject Clinton, and you have a potential winner.

    October 3, 2007 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  12. Laura, Houston, TX

    Yes, but what has he DONE? Besides promote hemp farming? He's a RINO if there ever was one. If the Democrats love him, as evidenced by so many comments here, that ought to be a red flag. He has more in common with Ahmadinejad than he does with me.

    October 3, 2007 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  13. John Los Angeles, CA

    Ron Paul is now a top tier candidate. He has money, 50,000+ grassroots supporters, has won the vast majority of straw polls and has an impeccable 20 year voting record. He is UNSTOPPABLE.

    October 3, 2007 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. Jim Chicago

    This guy is a str8 clown. You college kids seem to like him cause he is the "IN THING" right now. The guy is a str8 lunatic that blames AMERICA for every problem in the world,,wake up people we are not voting for a popularity contest with the world.....

    October 3, 2007 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. Tracy, Bothell, WA

    James, good grief...go get a civics book and read about Goldwater. Did his losing but standing on principle play a big part in changing the political landscape and direction of the country for several years to come? If you think just winning on watered down principles is the way to go then all you get is Bush, Dole, Nixon. (except for Goldwater's '64 race the GOP has had a BUSH, a DOLE, or a NIXON on EVERY ticket since 1952) Is this your idea of principle?

    Principle is a winning strategy if the sticking up for the Constitution still means anything to you. Stop with your "respectful" patronizing...do you stand up for the Constitution or not?

    October 3, 2007 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  16. Amber, Hansville, WA

    Don't let the media choose our next president! Learn why so many people are voting for Ron Paul's promise to uphold the Constitution. Visit http://www.ronpaul2008.com.

    October 3, 2007 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  17. Tony, Blountville, Tn

    I seen alot of people on here say they like Ron Paul but their going to vote Democrat. Clinton, Edwards, Obama Biden and Dodd are all Council on Foreign Relations members! For you that do not know that is a cartel of world leaders for a one world government! We have them to think for NATO, GATT, WTO an NAFDA! Giuliani, McCain, Thompson & Romney are also members! So if you want your children to be slaves to this group just keep voting for them! As for me I have to vote for FREEDOM!!!!!!!!! GO RON PAUL!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 3, 2007 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  18. monica, rochester new york

    He's not my candidate but I can see why his supporters would be happy.
    CNN does try to shape the news instead of report it though. Ron Paul is $2M behind Edwards so they make that sound really close by using words such as "just $2M shy of Edwards" when that's nearly 30% less. Obama recieved only 15% "shy" of Hillary's number this quarter and more than her overall but the CNN Headlines were "Hillary Outpaces/Outdone Obama in fundraising". Ok, she did well but I'd say they were just about equal.

    October 3, 2007 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  19. freerifleman, AZ

    What is funny, are the low numbers when I see Ron Paul bumper stickers and t-shirts everywhere in Scottsdale, Arizona.


    It will be like this until the neo-con controlled media cannot hide it, and then the truth will be seen, unless they hide that via electronic balloting... An electronic vote, is no vote!

    Who knows? They don't call his campaign a "Revolution" for nothing!

    ~ Restore the Republic! Ron Paul-2008

    October 3, 2007 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  20. Dan, TX

    If Ron Paul and Barack Obama don't get their parties' nominations – there's your third party ticket. It'd get my vote regardless of pres/vice pres order

    October 3, 2007 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  21. Joe, Cleveland, Ohio

    Good for Ron Paul. While I admire his integrity and his stances on some issues, I would never vote for him due to our inherent differences. The media has definitely been ignoring him, so hopefully this will prompt it to report more about a very interesting man who has energized voters in ways no other candidate can.

    October 3, 2007 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  22. Steve G., Campbell, CA

    Ron Paul has over $5 million dollars cash on hand. Not only is he raising money, he is gaining momentum without having to buy it like the other canidates. Keep it up Dr. Paul!

    October 3, 2007 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  23. Dave, Chandler, AZ.

    That's right, baby! We're going to keep giving money, hanging signs, talking to our neighbors and fighting for freedom.

    The Revolution is ON!

    October 3, 2007 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  24. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    My God do these people supporting Ron Paul see the same man that I'm seeing?!
    This more than frail looking, worn gray haired man is being supported as the next President of America!

    Candians start investigating your hard earned dollars your going to need them!

    Ron Paul the man who believes the US should not belong to the UN, there should be no Free Trade between Nations, the CIA,FBI, Homeland Security, Dept. of Education, and most Government Run entities should be closed down!

    Does he think the US lives as an Island unto itself?

    People I know it's been a long six years, I'm feeling it too, but get a grip for the Good of All Humanity! Don't throw your vote away! If you think America has a poor image now
    what do you think it's going to have if Ron Paul by some miracle makes it to the White House! SHIVERS and Nightmares!

    October 3, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  25. christian, selden, ny

    the only way the democrats will have any chance of losing the next election is if ron paul is who they are going against. a great election would be between ron paul and Al Gore!!!!

    October 3, 2007 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
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