November 6th, 2007
02:50 PM ET
2 years ago

Presidential shocker: Paul raises more than $4 million in 24 hours

Monday proved to be a very lucrative day according to the Paul campaign.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Rep. Ron Paul raised more than $4 million on the Internet Monday from more than 35,000 donors, a spokesman for the Texas Republican’s presidential campaign told CNN.

Online supporters of the Texas congressman organized the fundraising push around Guy Fawkes Day, the November 5 holiday that marks Englishman Guy Fawkes' foiled attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605, subject of the recent film “V for Vendetta.”

The creator of the Web site that pushed the Paul fundraising drive said the message is not violent, but rather a fundraising idea that spread virally on-line. The Texas congressman’s spokesman said the idea did not come from Paul, but he did promote it in recent speeches.

Paul is the only Republican candidate who is calling for the removal of U.S. troops from Iraq. He also advocates for limited government and is anti-abortion rights. While Paul registers in the low single digits in most polls, he raised a very respectable $5 million in the third quarter fundraising period.

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  1. Josh, Everly IA

    Ron Paul is the people's choice. So sad that the other candidates need all the media coverage to beef their campaign. If you haven't had the pleasure of finding out about Ron Paul you're missing out, he is the best for all American citizens.

    November 7, 2007 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  2. Dalene, Los Gatos, Ca

    Ron Paul is the real deal and the media can't take that away.

    November 7, 2007 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  3. Ryan, Claremont, CA

    Don't become a Fox News, Ron Paul is for real and you will not be able to hide him forever. It is a Ron Paul Revolution!

    November 7, 2007 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  4. John, Scottsdale AZ

    The 'lame stream' media becomes more antiquated every week. The world is changing faster all the time and the narrow minded corporate fascist elite media simply is not agile enough to deal with a motivated, educated and technologically literate voting constituency.

    It's funny how we (me included) love to get upset at the ridiculous spin the media puts on Ron Paul. I make a sport out of sniffing it out and discrediting it...I look forward to the day when we all realize that their voices have become totally irrelevant.

    November 7, 2007 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  5. William Westmiller, Thousand Oaks, CA

    WHERE do you get the ugliest possible photographs of Ron Paul for your stories??

    I don't see any other candidates portrayed as grumpy and mean. There must be 10,000 other pictures you could use.

    November 7, 2007 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  6. JK, Clarkston MI

    This guy has a lot of good ideas, but there is one position that he takes that I just cannot agree with: the Second Amendment. He comes off as just another NRA nut on this topic, and for that reason alone I cannot support him.

    November 7, 2007 04:53 am at 4:53 am |
  7. Dashing, NY

    It's a shame that this was not the top story on the politics page yesterday and is relegated to only the Political Ticker. Meanwhile the top story on the politics page was "Obama supporters rally to get Colbert off the ballot" I like Colbert, but come on. Biggest single-day contriutions in one day and you're talking about a comedian running a fake election??!? WTF?

    November 7, 2007 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  8. Jeana, Durham, NC

    I notice that most of the negative comments here are pretty much just name-calling. Trolls with an agenda, perhaps?

    November 7, 2007 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  9. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Ron Paul's going all the way to the white house folks!

    Posted By William, Sacramento Ca : November 6, 2007 4:08 pm

    To offer his congratulations to President Hillary Clinton.

    November 7, 2007 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    For those that support Ron Paul, I am happy that you are looking forward to VOTING. It is ashame that not all Americans are VOTING. Let me state this again; we as American need to be voting even if it means that a bunch of people write in someone for city council. It starts there.

    As to those that think Ron Paul is a statesman, I must respectfully disagree. To remove the U.S. from many treaties and trade in the world is asking for trouble. He appears to be an isolationist to me. I can't agree with a man who believes government is totally evil. That is how it appears. The money he raised is for the fact that he is an underdog and not just for his views.

    November 7, 2007 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. Sophie, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    Finally a nice guy who WONT finish last. Ron Paul is more than just presidential material, he's a light of hope in the darkness the Bush administration has cast.

    November 7, 2007 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. Justin, Dalton, Ga

    What's so shocking about it? There is no such thing as an unbiased media these days, when increased quarterly profits dictate what we're going to see on television or hear on the radio. No corporation is going to put the spotlight on the man who is going put things back into order by killing ridiculous spending; in this case, 'Big Pharm' will take a blow when Paul fixes free trade with drug imports (i.e. Canada and Mexico). Are those not your sponsors CNN? Which "side effects may include.." commercial are you scheduled to air next? It's a real disappointment That objectivity has been replaced with so much opinion.. and that some of the most important stories go unheard, and are suppressed by garbage that isn't even newsworthy. In a poll two weeks ago, 41% of Americans could not name a single republican candidate running. FORTY ONE PERCENT!!! More people are aware of things 'you people' think we should care about, like what kind of trouble Britney Spears and Paris Hilton have gotten themselves into this week. That is repulsive and intolerable. The American people are being 'dumbed down' and misinformed, and this network takes a fair share of the blame. Here's a newsworthy story: The American People are becoming more and more aware that we can no longer allow the corrupt policies and Corporate Machine to run on cruise-control; because absolute powers will ALWAYS corrupt, and we have long since passed that mile-marker.

    America is waking up now. We have a year to go and most voters have internet connections. While many corporate sites are filtering-out much of the Ron Paul phenomenon, there is a passionate and unstoppable drive from many 'true Americans' to get the word out that our Constitution is being molested, and we have to remedy the problem before it's out of our hands. Ron Paul is the only candidate willing to acknowledge the truth, while every last one of the others turn a blind eye to it (their only difference are the degrees to which heads are turning from the 'real' issues of today). THAT'S the shocker.

    November 7, 2007 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. Rebecca, Dalton, Ga

    The internet is a valuable source of information. It allows one to speak without signs being taken down off of fences, or being told to move off of a busy intersection with a written point of view. For those who care about their country and how it's being run are aware of the issues that our country is facing today. They know who's running for president. They listen to the candidates and their point of views. If anyone is listening close enough they'll realize that Ron Paul has America's best interests at heart, and he won't let us down.

    November 7, 2007 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. Bob, Roxboro, NC

    I am shifting my support away from the democratic mob and beginning to embrace the idea that Ron Paul deserves my vote. Prior to this, I felt that I'd waste my vote if I did so. I now realize that the worst thing I can do is cast my vote for another arrogant member of the governing class. Dr Paul is the only candidate who speaks in support of the American public.

    November 7, 2007 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. Justin, Dalton, Ga

    Apparently my comment was deleted. You've gotta love that 1st amendment. If 'constitution being molested' is too defamatory, then we've got a real problem here folks. Wake up.

    November 7, 2007 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. Ryan Indianapolis

    Who is Ron Paul...oh yea the guy that has no chance and acts like a bigtime wimp and wants to put his head in the sand and wants to be an isolationist. This guy is Pathetic.

    November 7, 2007 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. Ron, NJ

    I like his stance on the war but being basically a libertarian i disagree with him on most everything else.
    I wonder if people are more attracted to his rising popularity...almost like it's "cool" to support Ron Paul.

    But i wonder how many really understand his positions. Ron Paul would cut drastically on domestic spending. And leave almost every decision to the market. He would let the market and private sector deal with healthcare...which means no change.
    I think he would cut a lot of important domestic government programs.

    Although i won't vote for him, i respect his positions and respect his character for holding to his beliefs and staying firm on his positions even when it is not the politically correct answer for his party.

    November 7, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. Aaron Kinney, Sherman Oaks CA

    Odd, many comments have dissapeared in here that were previously posted.

    Including mine.

    And my last comment was nothing but positive and calm.

    What gives, CNN?

    November 7, 2007 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. crm, Nashville, TN

    What an amazing feat!

    Too bad it is buried deep down in the Politics stories. Not even in the Top Stories list. OH, I see why:

    TOP NEWS: Pat Robertson backs Giuliani! He's got it in the bag folks! Big story here!!
    TOP NEWS: McCain gets Brownback endorsement!

    So Ron Paul pulls in $4M in one day – 24 measly hours – from 35,000 people – and gets this short blog? Not even a link as a Top Story? If Giuliani or Hillary did this we'd be reading front-page-news about it for months.

    Nice to see someone making real legitimate progress, and not simply looking as far as their next lame "endorsement".

    November 7, 2007 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. Aaron Kinney, Sherman Oaks CA

    More RON PAUL news:

    Ron Paul won a recent NY straw poll. He beat Giuliani 26 votes to 21 votes.

    Paul beat Rudy in his own state!

    The rEVOLution is here :D

    November 7, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. Michael, Orlando, FL

    Why are there people who say they will not vote for Ron Paul because he is a Republican? STOP towing the party line! There is no big difference between Republicans and Democrats. They are all after special interest money! Finally an honest man (Ron Paul) with a perfect voting record comes along, and people can't pull their heads out of their butts! If you are sick and tired of the direction our country is going and you want America to get back to the way it is supposed to be, Vote for Paul!

    November 7, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. Daniel M. El Paso, TX

    If we see Hillary vs. Rudy I hope Ron takes his money and runs on his own so I can go waste my vote.

    November 7, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  23. Tessa Casc New York New York

    I've read these comments and the dumbest ones are from people who say they would not vote for Ron Paul solely based on the fact that he's running as a Republican. Not real smart about what a true Republican stands for, are ya? It's called LESS GOVERNMENT! Now vote on the issues and with your heart - not on party names that mean nothing. Grow up.

    November 7, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. Ian, Eastham MA

    >But i wonder how many really understand his positions.

    I think you'll find more of his supporters know his positions more than other candidates' supporters.

    >Ron Paul would cut drastically on domestic spending.

    Yes, that's the whole point. But he would cut internalional spending completely.

    >He would let the market and private sector deal with health care…which means no change.

    You right on his stance for the most part, but your conclusion is wrong; it would be a BIG change. Right now the problem with the health insurance industry IS government policy.

    We don't complain about auto insurance, do we? Instead, we see Geico commercials on 24/7 and lots of competition.

    This is because we don't get car insurance from our employers and our car insurance doesn't cover tune-ups and oil changes. So why is health insurance different? Because the government makes health insurance tax deductible for employers (but not for individuals) and insurance claim expenses tax deductible for insurers (but not for you).

    >I think he would cut a lot of important domestic government programs.

    Like what? Important why? I think hard working Americans are getting tired of paying 40%+ (effective tax rate) for income taxes and getting nothing in return. Name one FEDERAL resources that you use on a regular basis?

    I can't name one besides national defense, which isn't defending our nation because it's being used to police the world.

    In fact, you get a TON more value from your local tax dollars. Police, fire, rescue, local and state roads, education, etc...

    November 7, 2007 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. Nikki, Frederick MD

    Guess what I just did? I'm a lifelong democrat who just switched parties so I can vote for Ron Paul in the primary! (My state has closed primaries.) This guy is huge, and I think people will be surprised when he flat out wins NH.

    November 7, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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