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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What can I say except that I'm happy that Ron Paul at least got some attention. A candidate that makes sense and actually has solid principles and believes in the Country and the Constitution. I hope Republicans give him a fighting chance in the primaries.
Well, its up over 3 Million now. Ron Paul 08! The people are taking the power. Remember Remeber the 5th of November...
Low in all the polls ????
It's not just a claim, Abbi Tatton.
I gave 120 dollars myself. I'm a sophomore in college. that brings me to 710 dollars total.
Crazy how people like a candidate who tells the truth and wants what is best for the country.
Unbelievable, A good man has people that put their money on the line and your report says things like "cannot be verified" and "gimmicks and tricks" If this were McCain, Hillary or Obama you would be shouting from the rooftops on how much support they have, How about being fair for a change, we are out here and we are supporters of Ron Paul, a lot of us.
I am proud to support Dr.Ron Paul. He is so different from all the other politicians who just pander and tell voters what they want to hear. I really believe Ron Paul is the only candidate who will make a difference.I feel betrayed by George Bush. I want a president who will put America's interests first!
Thanks CNN for covering this. This is definitely big news for the Republican party.
Good question John. Maybe they are waiting for tomorrow so they can give an "unoffical" grand total for the whole 24 hours. Then do research to see how many records were broken.
CNN this time next year you'll be reporting that Ron Paul is the 44th President of the United States.
Nov. 5th Money Bomb explodes on Ron Paul, now confirmed over 3 million with over 4 hours still to go.
Online records set with the overall one day record still in reach.
Freedom will not be deterred.
Go Ron Go!
Could climb to $8mil, the machines can only process $200K an hour.
This is real money backed by real supporters.
We who support Dr. Ron Paul, truly believe him to be the United States Presidential Candidate with the most integrity, the firmest grasp on the United States Constitution and the greatest understanding of what it means to hold this country's highest office.
Please learn more about Ron Paul and why so many people support him with such passion.
I am 37 and live in Boston. I have never voted Republican and I have never given money to a presidential campaign. For Ron Paul I am doing both of these things for the first time in my life.
Wow. I was very skeptical that this fundraiser would even come close to $1 million (which would have been am impressive haul). As of 8:30 PM eastern time, about $3.2 million had been raised. It looks like the day will yield about $4 million total. I'm shocked, and I assume Ron Paul, each of the other candidates, and the media, are all shocked as well.
I believe we're at 3.25 million now.
Good job CNN on acknowledging this historic day.
I'm sure you know that you are one of the few to do so.
I am a CNN man from now on and I hope to reward your sponsors too.
To: Abbi Tatton, Eric Weisbrod, Katy Byron
You insinuate that the Paul’s camp is lying about the numbers and that we will have to wait until next year to find out if they are telling the truth. He has the most honest and transparent fund raising campaign of anyone out there. Why not write about that! It seems you are trying to minimize the significant of this record breaking online fund raising day. You will lose! Your soles are bought and sold. M.G.H.M.O.Y.S.
It absolutely sickens me that CNN will find every way imaginable to make fund raising efforts for Ron Paul as negative. The headline says Ron Paul "claims" to have risen money online. If this were Hillary's story, the word "claim" wouldn't be there. Then it goes on to mention how the movie "V for Vendetta" was about a guy who "tried to blow up Houses of Parliament" as if that's what we, the donaters and fund raisers, are trying to accomplish as well. I can not STAND it and when Ron Paul is our President, I hope all of your writers and editors are FIRED!
Ron Paul is going all the way! I donated today for my first time to any politician. Dr. Paul's message is truely American.
"The people should not fear their Government! The Government should fear it's People!"
"Remember, Remember the 5th of November!"
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CNN you should be ashamed of yourself. First, what is with the picture you have of Ron Paul? Did you purposefully get the worst looking pic of him to display? Second, Soledad O'Brien then interviews Ron Paul and says that most articles call him a Flake, when in fact I have only found one Blog, that's right, BLOG that said he was this week's corn flake. Since when does CNN reporters use opinions on blogs to report "facts"? You can say that you report the "truth" objectively all you want, but you are lacking in objectivity when it comes to Ron Paul. Get back to good reporting, instead of pushing your own agenda!
Its obvious Ron Paul is a front runner of the republican party. Remember, Remember, The fifth of November.
This obviously proves these land-line "scientific" polls are a fraud, and don't reflect the reality of political environment.
Will the media represent Dr. Paul in a true light, or will this campaign show the world the manipulation of masses as in "'V' for Vendetta".
Ron Paul deserves to be in the middle of the stage during the next debate. Mitt Romney is financing his own campaign, Fred Thompson is a joke, and Rudy is a 9/11 fraud. Ron Paul is the only candidate who can beat Hillary!!
It's almost at 3.3 million now. Time to end the war and stop the one brewing now within the neocon/fascist think tanks. Ron Paul 2008.
Will the mainstream media finally begin to take Ron Paul's candidacy seriously ? He is the only one who is saying nothing but the truth day in and day out. He's the only one who has a 30 year record to back it up. Ron Paul does not take money from lobbyists. They don't even bother to go to his office! More than 4 million dollars will have been raised in a total of 24 hours, and every single penny came from average Joes and Janes all over the country. Ron Paul has inspired so many people, and it is a shame that CNN and other major media outlets have not given the good Doctor his fair share of coverage!
The man! Receiving credit where credit is due; not YET by the media, but by the people.
Ron Paul now holds the record for most money raised by a candidate in 24 hours, and it's still climbing! So far, $3.26 million has been raised.