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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I admire the vigor with which Representative Paul's supporters are raising money; he is now a major player in this presidential race, and perhaps he deserves to be. But I've got a problem with the "Guy Fawkes" connection to his fundraising drive (and I'm sure I'll receive angry responses from Ron Paul supporters for what I'm about to say): it's a bit flimsy in that, as is so often the case with us Americans, it's based more on a "feeling" than a true sense of the nuances of the gunpowder plot, which, as with so many things, was far more complicated than we have a tendency to care to learn–the fact that the money-drive is so heavily based on a film about a guy who glorifies the gunpowder plot, and not the actual historical event itself, is telling regarding how we Americans view European history. (It's like the Northern Ireland scenario; we have a tendency to see it one way or the other, probably because we're removed from the situation and can afford to take simplistic stands, but the Irish will often tell you that if you claim to truly understand the scenario and fall heavily on one side or the other, you don't truly understand the scenario.) I lived and worked in the U.K. for several years, and what struck me most about the U.S. upon my return to my native country was the naiive manner with which we toss around world history to suit our rather culturally isolated opinions. (Don't get me wrong: I'm happy to be back, but frustrated, as well.) It can be a bit embarrassing at times. Proof? Today I spoke with many British citizens, Catholic, Protestant, and (as is often the case in the U.K.) secular, and every single one of them laughed at the Ron Paul money-raising scheme (which some of them had heard about on the radio)–every...single...one. And it wasn't derisive laughter, but rather knowing laughter; the world is waiting for us to fulfill our great promise as a nation and actually take a leadership role, which means that either we deal with international issues on their own complex terms, and garner international respect for doing so, or we keep thrusting our fists in the air and sloganeering endlessly...and continue to look like amateurs about this stuff. It's too bad, really, because Representative Paul seems to understand the nuances of the Iraq scenario better than a lot of current presidential candidates in that he knows how ridiculous this current Bush Administration policy is, and he knows that it needs to change in a hurry. (Democrat Bill Richardson is the only other serious candidate who fully agrees on this issue.) If only Mr. Paul's supporters didn't have to view an historical event through the context of a film of a comic book devoted to anti-Thatcher policies by a writer in the 1980's who was barely referencing an historical event that took place hundreds of years previously.... The actual historical Guy Fawkes may very well have been right in what he did, but filterning one's knowledge through such a dubious amount of layering is a bit overly silly for a country that by now ought to be a bit more grown-up about international affairs.
I'm interested in seeing
A) How this affects his poll numbers, and
B) If he wisely uses these funds.
Ron Paul's supporters are making a stand. It would pure ignorance for the media to keep disregarding him as prime candidate after yesterday's show of support.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Peaople are coming together over this man and wanting change... its wonderful!!
Ron Paul 2008!
I donated $100 yesterday to Ron Paul's campaign because I believe he is the man that will fix the mess we are currently in as a country. Bush got us into this mess RON PAUL will get us out!
CNN's "Claim": Objective Reporting
Nice picture of Dr. Paul by the way, you couldn't find anything with a smile? What a bunch of hacks you MSM'ers are.
"spread virally on-line"
That's a pretty nice spin on old fashioned spam.
Ron Paul spam has reached epidemic levels lately. Good thing for politicians that they made political spam legal when outlawing other kinds of spam, eh?
I guess there's nothing wrong with promoting yourself the same way pedophiles, porn peddlers, drug pushers and other miscreants promote their wares.
Good on you Paul. Spam some more.
Paul believes that it is still the states decision to change or hold the abortion laws. He understands the role of the Federal Government... and respects State Government law.
You write that Ron Paul "is anti-abortion rights". Can't you people write an unbiased piece and just state that he's pro-life?
Thank you CNN for covering what will soon be an inevitable story for the MSM to focus on in this Presidential season. Congressman Ron Paul's supporters are growing by the thousands because of his message of Liberty and the fact that America deserves a federal Government as plainly designated by the Constitiution. Times have changed for sure. But the principles of individual freedoms and the definition and practice of tyranny have not changed.
35,000 nuts donating to another nut. While Ron Paul wants us out of Iraq, he's worse than Bush when it comes to everything else he stands for.
"He's anti abortion rights."
That's an outright lie.
And what's with the choice of photo? It doesn't even look like Ron Paul.
Why is the mainstream media so deftly afraid of this man? Have you all been payed off?
When will the MSM and the American public finally wake up and realize that Ron Paul ain't no joke? Its a revolution.
No comments are showing....censorship?
It is refreshing to see my fellow Americans finally waking up to the circumstances they are in. Even if 1 billion dollars is raised for truth and freedom, even if every thinking non-robotic person wakes up and supports Dr. Paul, even if every MSM media scumbag article is challenged on the facts by hundreds of people who see the facts, IT WILL ALL BE FOR NOTHING if we do not take back the voting system to open transparent fairness.
Electronic voting machines are a part of the foundation of the establishment's control. The tyrants can safely sit behind phony poll results as a screen for the fraud they will pull on election day. The establishment foresaw that a certain percentage of Americans would start to awaken as the tyranny became more obvious. Unless you want all your work to go down the drain you MUST do something about the electronic voting machines. The system can crank in any result they want.
50 lawsuits in the 50 sates are in the process of being filed that demand the decertification of electronic, paperless voting machines like the Diebold system. Please check out the votefraud org also VoteInSunshine and the National Clean Elections Lawsuit: "N-CEL" for more details about this vital subject. Time is short. I pray it is not too late for all of us!
“I care not who votes, I care only about those who count the votes”.-
quote attributed to the dictator Josef Stalin
Kudos to RP and all the RP supporters.
Shame on CNN for using such an unlikeable picture (angle and pose) for this non-MSM endorsed candidate.
Who in the world writes these articles? Is fact checking not required when you make a "point". Dr. Paul is not anti abortion rights? I swear the more i read mainstream media reports, the more happy i am about the internet.
I donated yesterday too. First time I've ever donated to a politician. He's the only candidate who appears to love this country more than himself.
When will people start to realize that this is the only man who wants to get us out of the mess in the Middle East. Just look around Iraq is mess, Afghanistan just keeps getting worse, Pakistan is in crisis, and the Neocons as well as Hillary is threatening to spread the war in Iran. Wake-up America, Ron is the only one making sense.
amazing news! this goes to show that Ron Paul's supporters are not just pimple-faced pale kids as Fox news would like you to think. they are real people who are more than ready to put their money where their mouth is!
Ron Paul 2008 – the last true hope for America. Ron Paul is our last chance to keep our Constitution and to put an end to the phone wars.
Ron Paul is the only candidate that can return the United States to prosperity and greatness. Too long we have attempted to police the world. We have sold this country off to China, and we must get it back. Freedom and Liberty are what make America great, and we have lost sight of this. I ask all American citizens to join me in taking back our once great country, and restoring respect for the Constitution and the Rule of Law. God Bless America, Ron Paul in 2008.
thank you for reporting on Dr. Paul for once. now, could you please stop marginallizing his candidacy? obviously fund-raising like this indicates that Ron Paul is a top-tier candidate.
If this man doesn't win, then America is finished.
Why does the media insist on this kind of spin when it comes to Ron Paul??
To say that he is "anti-abortion rights" is simple mis-information. While Dr. Paul (a gynecologist who delivered more than 4,000 babies) holds the personal opinion that abortion is wrong, he maintains a constant stance of the issue being not only a State's decision, but also one that should be between a woman and her doctor.
Dr. Paul would never impose his personal will on the people of the United States. Being a strict Constitutionalist he believes that all powers not given to the Federal government in the Constitution belong to the individual States.
Come on CNN, quit with the villification spin and tell the real Ron Paul story at face value: massive individual grass roots support by Americans who want to preserve what little freedom they have left!