Rep. Ron Paul has surprised pundits and his rivals with his fundraising.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Presidential campaigns and supporters use all sorts of gimmicks to try and raise money, such as celebrating birthdays, winning a chance to dine with a candidate and marking November 5 as an anniversary.
Huh? November 5?
Supporters of Rep. Ron Paul’s presidential bid are using this date to help boost the Texas Republican’s campaign coffers, in what is being described as a massive grassroots on-line fundraising drive. The significance? Well, in English history a gentleman by the name of Guy Fawkes tried to blow up Houses of Parliament, which was the subject of the recent film “V for Vendetta.”
One of the leaders behind the Paul fundraising drive said the message is not violent, but rather a fundraising idea that spread virally on-line. Paul’s presidential campaign said the idea did not come from the Texas congressman, but they are promoting the progress of this fundraising drive. As of late Monday afternoon, the Paul campaign claims it raised over $2.7 million, a figure that cannot be independently confirmed until Federal Election Commission reports are filed at the end of the year.
Paul, who is registering in the low single digits in most polls, raised $5 million in the third quarter fundraising period.
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Well 2.7 million was a few hours ago.
Try 3.5 and counting.
I did nothing with politics until Dr. Paul changed my Apathy.
A true authentic leader
He has never voted to raise taxes.
He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
He has never taken a government-paid junket.
He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.
He voted against the Patriot Act.
He voted against regulating the Internet.
He voted against the Iraq war.
He voted against the Real ID Act
He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
He is now over 3 million for the day. If you want to ensure your childrens future you would give too.
Rather than spiking this news with "claims to", why not use something more neutral like "reports". If you always prefaced campaign news for all of the candidates with "claims to" do this or that, you'd never get any story reported clearly.
You can always publish the final tally later, if there's some big concern that it won't turn out to be true.
Still, keep up the good work CNN, Fox is the market leader in Journalism Free News, so you might as well try to get the lead in news reporting!
New fundraising record today, move over Romney, the doctor is here.
Ron Paul may be the only republican with any integrity to deserve the position of president. On the democratic side, Kucinich and possibly Edwards and Obama, but don't have enough information to be certain of that.
Shouldn't the most important and possibly the most capable of destruction on the planet be more than a popularity contest? I mean, how ridiculous is that?
Go Ron Paul! The MSM and the giant corporate interests are peeing their pants today. The people of this great nation WILL get the power back come next November. We WILL have True freedom once again, not just talk, but real action!!!
Funny, he wins most of the online polls...
Not exactly a positive news posting about such an awesome event. Do we ever see such scepticism about other candidates when they claim to have raised a certain amount of funds?
Remember, Remember, the 5th of November...
Us supporters will be looking back on this day once Paul wins the GOP nomination against all odds. And we'll do it again when he shocks the world with the presidency.
A real freedom moment. A real honest candidate that follows the constitution 100 percent. It's only a matter of time now.
Note that that was at mid-day. We've passed $3M recently, bringing the total for the quarter to $5M less than halfway through the period.
Dr. Paul has won more than half of the straw polls, won every post-debate poll (even those for which you could only vote once by text via phone), and is about to surpass the sngle day fund raising record for a presidential candidate in history (Kerry's $3.2M is the current record).
He started the quarter with more onhand than McCain, and his "burn rate" is the lowest of all candidates (a reflection of how he would handle your tax dollars: the lowest "burn rate" in the election!).
Long shot? Can't win? Keep telling us that.
What's the consensus going to be after he wins New Hampshire?
$2.7? Try $3.4 and counting...
Take a minute now to consider whether you believe the "scientific polls of likely voters".
Ron Paul is the only candidate capable of pulling this country out of Iraq and out of debt. This fundraiser is evidence of his growing support across the country.
Restore the Republic! A vote for Ron Paul is a vote for the Constitution!
I will be voting for Ron Paul. Even if he doesn't get the nomination (which would be rather dumb of the Republicans given his popularity), I'd write him in.
Funny, he wins most of the online polls…
$3,100,000 as of 8pm EST. Looks like it will end near $3,500,000.
Anyone that questions evolution need only to take one look at Ron Paul's photo above!
Darwin for Ron Paul!
im sorry but who cares and who is Ron Paul
here in Detroit everywhere you can see ONLY signs supporting Ron Paul an American hero who will stop the war and abolish IRS
He's past 3.1 million now and rising. When you consider the majority of that is in increments less than $200 you have to consider that perhaps Mr. Paul has a following larger than the "polls" would have you believe.
Actually, it is over $3M now and his message of people's limited government vs. all people on government’s mercy is getting across.
Uh . . . V for Vendetta is about Guy Fawkes? I must have seen a different movie under the same name.
Woohoooooo! Now up to $3 million and still 4 hours left in the day!
Ron Paul has the record and the message to fix this country's foreign policiy and domestic issues. If you havent yet – check him out. I was a democrat until I learned about Dr. Paul and now I have a new outlook on everything from foreign policy to health care.
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Nice grumpy photograph.
Nice "cannot be confirmed."
Nice generic Hillary story on the front splash of the politics page.
Nice obligatory reminder of being tiny in traditional polls.
My favorite part of reading mainstream news stories about Ron Paul is the absolutely immense lengths outlets go to to make him seem like a marginal candidate. Money does not lie.