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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soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. Jason

    RON PAUL!!! REVOLUTION TIME BABY!!!

    November 6, 2007 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Gavin,Gainesville,Florida

    Can you smell that?

    That stench is the collective pants of Rudy McRomson, CFR members, Neo-cons, international bankers, and Hillary. Uh-Oh. Better make sure those Diebold voting machines are ready to change some votes. We can't possibly elect a man that won't treat the constitution like toilet paper or further the globalist agenda. Gasp

    This is Awesome/Let the Revolution Begin

    November 6, 2007 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. wale azeez boca raton florida

    when i watched the first presidential debate back in april...this was the only man that sounded sincere and plausible on the podium...unlike his republican counterparts...he doesn't seem to be playing politics with the questions posed to him...

    November 6, 2007 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. John Delano Minnesota

    Finally – a candidate who gets me excited about living in this country!

    November 6, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Joe, Omaha, NE

    PEOPLE NEED TO OPEN THEIR EYES TO RON PAUL.

    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.

    November 6, 2007 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. Ian, Eastham MA

    I'm not sure about the Fawkes connection.

    >Paul is the only Republican candidate who is calling for the removal of U.S. troops from Iraq

    Actually, he's the only candidate calling for this in either party, but there's so much more to him than this.

    November 6, 2007 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. Zelda Minneapolis MN

    This is the man! This is the candidate of change.

    November 6, 2007 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. John, Fairborn OH

    I'm glad we have Ron Paul fighting for our US Constitution.

    November 6, 2007 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. Tess Casc Minneapolis MN

    Actually, he's raised more than this.

    This guy is about the only consistent, honest, smart candidate out there, and people are finally starting to notice.

    GO RON PAUL!

    November 6, 2007 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. Ugh Minneapolis Minnesota

    CNN is monitoring and deleting comments that give this guy too much credit. be careful world, this is how the media plays. Ron Paul wouldn't have it! SHAME ON CNN

    November 6, 2007 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. Richard Deckard

    Now here's something the rest of the mainstream media needs to pick up on. Countless times have I heard that he's not serious on running or a lost cause from every mainstream news outlet...I wonder what they have to say now.

    November 6, 2007 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. Ray, Rochester

    Warning...

    Be prepared for all of the Ron Paul loonies to start posting. Geez.

    Earth to Ron Paul loons. Your candidate has absolutely zero chance of being nominated. Raising money on the internet does not translate into votes in the booth. If it did, Howard Deam would be our president and Ned Lamont would be a senator.

    Netroots love to sit in their basements making donations. Unfortunately for Paul, these netroots don't have tbe energy, or maybe can't drive, to go to the poll and actually vote.

    Please Paul-Loons, don't bore us with your idiotic posts about how the Ron Paul Revolution is the biggest thing out there. It's not. It's an internet driven fundraiser that won't translate into votes.

    Oh, and please stop mailing me your dumb brochures and pamphlets with Ron Paul's thoughts on why 9/11 was an inside job.

    Go back to watching the X-Files.

    November 6, 2007 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Phil Chicago, Ill

    Congratulations Ron for capitalizing on Guy Fawkes Day – commemorating an English terrorist.

    Maybe next campaign fundraiser you can commemorate Timothy McVeigh who blew up a Government building too.

    By the way – love the photo. Darwin would be amazed!

    November 6, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Troy, Greeley, CO

    Get a better picture...how about one of the more appropriate photos of him smiling, which he is normally doing.

    It says in here that Congressman Paul registers low poll numbers. My question to you is, who are you polling? No one ever asked me or anyone I know.

    I used to like CNN and thought you were relatively fair and balanced. Now I can see that you're just as bad as the rest of them and cannot be trusted.

    Grow up, CNN.

    November 6, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. Will, NYC

    Way to go Paultards! Now when you lose the republican election, please fight as an independent! The right has their Nader!

    November 6, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. Derek, Phoenix, AZ

    It's only a "shocker" when you consider the mainstream media has ignored Mr. Paul.

    He has far and away the greatest internet and grassroots following of any candidate. Yesterday's results prove it.

    November 6, 2007 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. Kelly, Cranford, NJ

    It seems the media isn't particularly interested in exploring why Dr. Paul has such fervent, loyal supporters–why?? I think you are missing a huge story here.

    November 6, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Renee S., El Dorado, Kansas

    Ron Paul is the alternative to the usual "lesser of two evils" that Americans have been forced to accept.

    He has my support because he is the only one defending the Republic and the U.S. Constitution. This is the last breath of what made our nation good.

    When "We The People" accept corruption and incompetence, we are cutting our own throats and denying any of mankind that follow us any hope of genuine freedom. Freedom is not government intrusion into every realm of our lives, that is in fact, prison.

    November 6, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. JaM

    Under establisment-media zionist polls, Ron Paul is low; however, in reality on the ground in America, the support is the greatest for him.

    Actions speak louder than words. Look at real polls such as txt message ones, Ron Paul won all those and look at all the money he is raising. Did you know Paul gets most money than any other candidate from the US military? What does that tell you.

    November 6, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. Max, Austin, TX

    At what point will you no longer be "shocked" by Ron Paul's fundraising results? His message resonates with anyone who believes the Constitution should govern.

    http://www.ronpaul2008.com

    November 6, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Adrian, Alexandria, VA

    It wasn't a shocker to those of us paying attention to the Paul campaign. Oh, and "V for Vendetta" took place in a near-future England - the story was only inspired by Guy Fawkes.

    November 6, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. Julie Grate Columbus OHIO

    This is the man! This is the one honest, consistent, smart candidate out here!!!!!

    November 6, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. Marty, Sacramento CA

    While I can't help but agree with his stance on war, I can't completely overlook the problems the Republicans have saddled our country with over the last 6 years, either. That, coupled with Paul's rather extreme (and sometimes scary) views on what the federal government should be, and I think it's safe to say that he would not be good candidate for the White House.

    We've seen what the US would be like under conservative control, and we don't like it. This country needs a new direction, and Ron Paul isn't it.

    November 6, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. James Wiess

    Way to go Dr. Paul...you are our only hope to bring back our dignity here and abroad....when will the MSM give him the credit he deserves instead of slandering his progression...first they thought it was a few spammers online....now they know the truth that he is the real deal..but, alas the MSM will continue to ignore him and further ignite the people to act...

    November 6, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Jesse, Portland ME

    The media is doing every single American an injustice by not having Ron Paul on their front pages today. The American people are speaking, and it is the responsibility of the media in this country to relay that message so that it is heard LOUD and CLEAR.

    Ron Paul 2008 – A Real Choice for REAL Americans.

    November 6, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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