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. Angelina Julie Lexington Kentucky

    Here's the one to watch... Smart guy...doctor, family values without stepping on individual rights. The one republican who voted against the war IN THE FIRST PLACE. Hilary can't say that!

    November 6, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Paige from St. Paul, MN

    p.s. THE GIG IS UP and we aren't as dumb as you thought we were.

    And if CNN, a mainstream media outlet, doesn't print these two comments it is no problem because Ron Paul isn't gonna go away and neither are we. Unlike the other candidates, we don't need big media to tell us we are a front runner.

    November 6, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. Joseph Herrera, Warner Robins, Georgia

    Ron Paul smashed the record yesterday with his $4.3M fundraising in one day for a GOP candidate. Perhaps this will translate to more MSM coverage, since it is unlikely that a few hundred "spammers", "botnets", "spambots," sent in millions of dollars in campaign donations. Yes America, Ron Paul and his growing support are for real.

    November 6, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. Asher, Pacific Grove, CA

    I hope that this will encourage more patriots and advocates of our Constitution to take notice of Dr. Paul and his plan for a re-invigorated United States of America.

    November 6, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Patrick Gombert from Uniontown, Ohio

    Stop the bad journalism. Dr. Paul is not against abortion rights, he wants to delegate them to the states.

    November 6, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    Finally the wheat known as Ron Paul is separating from the chaff of Fred, Rudy, John, Mitt et al.

    Hope this continues and the GOP has an good and decent Republican presidential candidate such as Ron Paul after the primaries.

    November 6, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. Darryl Schmitz, St Johns, MI

    "...anti-abortion rights..."?
    No. He is personally opposed to abortion, but observes that the Constitution does not authorize the federal government to determine its legality at all. It is under the jurisdiction of the states, as are many other state issues our federal government has incrementally usurped.

    November 6, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Dustin, Colorado

    Way to go! Keep up the good work!

    November 6, 2007 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. Terence, Deltona Florida

    Go Ron Go!

    November 6, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    why remove my comment, was I not civil?

    November 6, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. Danny C Tn

    Dr. Paul's numbers will keep rising. Don't believe those out dated polls. They are not a true sign of his support. Its apparent he has major backing and NOT SPAMMERS. Com'on fox give me a break. Not all of us are spammers. Thats almost laughable. Oh wait it is..haha..Seriously though Our last hope is Dr. Paul. Anyone else and its more of the same old same old. Thanks CNN for reporting the obvious. Kudos for that at least.
    One P!ssed off American

    November 6, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. B. Hughes/San Diego, CA.

    Ron Paul is the antidote to politics as usual. He appears totally sincere and unafraid to speak the truth, and his devotion to principle and common sense instead of the usual moronic "politicospeak" put him head and shoulders above anybody on the GOP side, as well as most of the dem field.

    November 6, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. Alex, Bowling Green, KY

    What a tremendous day for Ron Paul! He continues to have a large following and appears to be well on his way to the Republican nomination.

    November 6, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. Chuck, Colorado Springs, CO

    The thing about Ron Paul that is most attractive to me is that he is very clearly on the side of the American public. I disagree with him on some issues, but I feel his stance on those at least comes from his own personal convictions and not spoon-fed by focus groups or corporate donors. I know where I stand with Ron Paul, and thats not something that can be said about any other candidate.

    I've never voted Republican before, and may never again, but for this primary I'll make the switch to cast my vote for Ron Paul. I encourage others to do the same.

    November 6, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. Randy, Toronto, On

    Could this guy really pull it off? He’s got some really smart ideas, stuff that makes sense but at times seems too easy. Could it be that the U.S could elect a guy this honest?

    November 6, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. Josey2006

    "Presidential shocker: Paul raises more than $4 million in 24 hours" Why the shocker? You idiots at CNN have done your best for the last 6 months to ignore the Ron Paul phenomenon [probably out of laziness].

    While I'm on a rant, why don't you guys fire Nancy Grace and Glenn Beck, both a couple of worthless idiots? You might find your ratings improve.

    November 6, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. JD Rugby ND

    Now we are seeing the building momentum being reported. This is good news for the Ron Paul campaign.

    November 6, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. Casey; Champaign, Illinois

    I believe that Mr. Paul and his campaign have either misinterpreted the messages in both the Guy Fawkes celebration and the film "V for Vendetta" or are taking the voters for fools. I simply cannot see how they can make a positive connection between two terrorists and a presidential campaign in the contemporary United States. Weather or not you find yourself liking "V" in the film, as no doubt one should since he does fight for what our contemporary values consider to be right, or Fawkes for whatever reason you might find, the two are still terrorists. I would find myself in a state of horror if Mr. Paul were to actually attempt to terrorize us United Statens in this way for political gain. I realize that in a world of political hidalgos, each Quixote needs to separate themself from the flock, and using popular culture has traditionally been a very successful way of accomplishing that goal. However, perhaps Ron Paul and his campaign should look at the deeper message behind the celebrations and films of traditional and pop culture before using them to promote themselves, lest they find themselves looking the fool. Thank you,

    November 6, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. Kevin, Rolla MO

    Way to go Dr. Paul!

    November 6, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. Jonathan Dunder, Marion IA

    I donated and I'm proud of RP for getting so much support. Maybe now the media will stop trying to shut him out of debates and news coverage.

    November 6, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. Robby Mesa AZ

    I think Ron Paul deserves the respect of the media now. you should be covering Ron Paul at least as much or more than John Macain and other so called front runner canidates

    November 6, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. Dannie Jackson, Four Oaks,NC

    Defend the the Constitution!! VOTE RON PAUL!! You guys at CNN should give him more coverage!! Or are you "worried" like the Demicans & Republicrats?? That he might actually rein in the runaway federal government!!

    November 6, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. Boston

    "While Paul registers in the low single digits in most polls"

    Most polls? Which polls are included in your sample? Do you count polls that are removed as soon as Ron Paul's results climb out of single digits?

    November 6, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. Tom Catt Minneapolis Minnesota

    Speak up America! No more politics as usual. This guy stands for everything America was meant to be. This guy is honest, consistent, smart and cares about this country. VOTE RON PAUL and donate here:
    http://www.ronpaul2008.com/

    November 6, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. Aaron, Winona, MN

    This is simply amazing. Let's hope for a grass roots domination. By the way, Dr. Paul isn't necessarily against all abortion, but he does oppose it being mandated at the Federal level, and I agree. There are certain things we just can't agree upon and they should be left to the states. I'm sick of hearing every other politician wanting a larger Federal government.

    November 6, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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