November 5th, 2007
08:33 PM ET
7 years ago

Paul's November 5 fundraising push

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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  1. Scott,Tupelo,MS

    This is the person we need as our president. Please people if you don't know much about this man research his views on You Tube or his website. After I did he is the only candidate I can support. After researching Ron Paul if you have any intelligence at all there is no way you could ever possibly support a candidate like the hag Hillary or that blinking eyed idiot Guialani.

    November 5, 2007 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  2. Phil, University Place, Washington

    "Claims to have raised"?!!? You people think he's lying or something?!!

    I'm an Edwards support, but good grief CNN this is pathetic. I'm sorry that someone did something that doesn't fit into your little media narrative but don't accuse him of lying about it. Ridiculous.

    Wow I'm pissed.

    November 5, 2007 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  3. Karl

    Main stream media: Prevent your irrelevance by covering Ron Paul now or the Internet will be the cause of your unemployment due to your shortsightedness and outright dishonest spin about Ron Paul. You are Americans also are you not?
    Get all the Ron Paul news you need here:
    http://www.ronpaulforpresident2008.com/

    November 5, 2007 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  4. Giovanni, Orlando, FL

    It is not too late to help Dr. Paul! Go to his online website and help get him noticed! Big money is the only way it seems politicians get noticed by media now-a-days.

    November 5, 2007 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  5. Blair

    This candidacy needs to be taken seriously. The candidate may come across as quirky but the message is resonating strongly with the youth of this country. Status quo will eventually fall; perhaps sooner than we expect. Main stream media has to recognize this movement and include it in the narrative of this election. Liberty is very attractive and incites people to action.

    November 5, 2007 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  6. Saint Paul

    I believe the real change that Americans need will only come with Dennis kucinich or Ron Paul if only they would run together. We can dream cant we.

    November 5, 2007 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  7. Phil Chicago, Ill

    Well that fits Ron Paul – celebrating a criminal's act of attempting to blow up government – killing innocent civilians.

    Ron Paul will suggest he wasn't "in" on the decision... but will he keep the money raised?

    Thought so.

    Funny – Ron Paul wasn't "in" on the racist article written in his newsletter years ago. I guess Ron Paul just isn't "in" much, eh? Legalized Drugs will have that effect.

    November 5, 2007 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  8. John, Irving, TX

    Look again. 6.23 million and still growing as of 7:00pm.

    November 5, 2007 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  9. Anonymous, Canada

    Go Ron! As of 8 pm ET, he has raised over $3.1M today. This beats the previous record of Mitt Romney on January 8, 2007 for donations in a single day.

    November 5, 2007 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  10. John M, Houston, TX

    Ugh, if Giuliani, Clinton, or Romney were to make the same claims you guys wouldn't be writing things like "a figure that cannot be independently confirmed"..

    Please stop the bias...

    November 5, 2007 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  11. Patriotic Truths, Everywhere, United States of Reform

    OWNAGE! What you got to say now doubters, haters, neo-cons, and DBs?

    November 5, 2007 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  12. Robert Albrecht, Woodbridge Virginia

    This blurb was definitely not written by someone unbiased or by an objective party.

    First, Dr. Paul raised 5.3 million last quarter, more than big name Mr. McCain (great guy) and in the ball park of the other big hitters.

    Second, Dr. Pauls supports marked the 5th as a day they could all get together and show a massive amount of support. Hes actually rasied well over 2.7 today, hes on the mark to surpass Mit Romneys Jan 8th 3.1 record for the most money raised in one day in a political campaign. There is still 3 more hours on Eastern time for him to fly past this number.

    His message must be catching on, you might be able to spam online polls but you can not spam donated money.

    Report fairly, and if you dont know ron paul, google him and see where he stands on the issues, he may just be your best candidate too.

    November 5, 2007 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  13. roxi, tulsa ok

    Hes at 3.4 million since midnight now!

    November 5, 2007 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  14. Blair- Beachwood, NJ

    This candidacy has to be taken seriously. The candidate may come across as quirky, but the message is resonating with the youth of this country. The main stream media has to recognize this movement and include it in the narrative of this election. Liberty is attractive and incites people to action.

    November 5, 2007 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  15. Bob in accounting

    911 was a inside job.

    November 5, 2007 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    These are the people speaking... Its now just about at 3.2 mil and counting, the single biggest fund raising day...All online... no corporate donors...and this is just the beginning...stay tuned

    November 5, 2007 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  17. James, Hudson, NH

    He's actually at over $3.4m right now and climbing. There's also no reason to believe this isn't 100% authentic. His message is worth much more than just that...

    November 5, 2007 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  18. Joshua Ludd Boston, Ma

    When was the last time you heard any other candidate "claim" to have done something????

    Just another biased media hit-piece.

    November 5, 2007 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  19. John, VA

    How can this not be front page news? Ron Paul as of 8pm EST has raised 3.6 million in 24 hours and still going strong ...

    November 5, 2007 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  20. Ken, NY, NY

    Congrats CNN for reporting this political fundraising milestone!

    Much better than the self-professed "fair and balanced" Faux News!

    Their silence is telling seeing that they have been the Ron Paul bashers.

    November 5, 2007 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  21. Fred, TN

    Long live the Constitution, Liberty, and Peace. Gon Ron Paul!

    November 5, 2007 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  22. Manuel, woodbridge, VA

    Historic day for the campaign!

    I am very excited by our ability to coordinate at the grassroots level. We will work hard and donate to the max for Ron Paul to get the Republican nomination. And let it be clear to everyone, OUR GOAL IS TO WIN!

    November 5, 2007 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  23. Mark, London, Ontario

    The total raised for just today, as of 8:11pm Eastern is $3,137,648 and increasing at a rate of about $200,000 per HOUR. Not a bad haul for a bunch of 'nerds' and 'spammers', eh CNN?

    November 5, 2007 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  24. Jason, Seattle, WA

    Maybe now more people will start getting off their butts and start paying attention to this magnificent man.

    November 5, 2007 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  25. FP, TN

    Long Live the Constitution, Liberty,a nd Peace. Go Ron Paul.

    November 5, 2007 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
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