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. Steven, Ithaca, NY

    The wording of this article is misleading. Paul would not make abortion illegal in the United States. He would leave it up to each individual state to decide its own laws about abortion.

    November 6, 2007 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. Paul, New Orleans, LA

    Yea! Let the return of the power to the people begin.

    Remember: Give me Liberty or give me death!

    Apparently, G.W and the rubber stamp democrates will give the latter in a few years.

    November 6, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. Wayne, Greenville TX

    I was talking to a good frind of mine the other day, who happens to be a Libertarian. He said that if Ron Paul does not get the GOP nomination, he'll probably run as a Libertarian. Which would split the conservative vote and hand the election to whomever us Democrats nominate.

    Ron Paul – 2008's Ralph Nader.

    November 6, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Joe Haney, Hammnd, IN

    Drastically reduce the federal government, abolish the IRS, close the borders, restore the Republic! Ron Paul rEVOLution!

    November 6, 2007 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. Bob, Florence, SC

    Ron Paul is the only constitutional candidate running. He's the only candidate addressing the monetary system which gives the government the power to rob the value of money. This raises the question...either the others are ignorant of the fact or complicit with the Federal Reserve. In either case, it rules them out as a true candidate to lead the nation. Our nation is in dire straights and people need to wake up to the fact and vote accordingly.

    November 6, 2007 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. Chicago, IL

    Money like that doesn't materialize out of thin air (unless the FED decides to print more ;)

    Federal contribution limits only allow $2300 per person. Do the math. Look at the FEC reports of other supposedly "top teir" candidates. They get a handful of people tied to business interests to max out (often they max out X 2 claiming their spouse contributed). $4.3 mil divided by 35,000 people = $122.86 per person. Ron Paul has MASSIVE grassroots support, and that support is nowhere near maxed out – AND it is growing by the day.

    If any other candidate had set the single day fundraising record like Ron Paul just did, it would have been on the front page of every newspaper in America.

    Face it CNN – We are not "spamming" your polls with bogus votes anymore than we are "spamming" Ron Paul's donation box. Americans everywhere are standing up and having their voice heard! WE THE PEOPLE.

    November 6, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. Ray, Rochester

    I guarantee you the number is false. "Reported" versus "Actual". Ron Paul's campaign will do/say anything to try to drum up notice.

    The guy is a kook who thinks the pentagon was blown up on 9/11 by a government missile because there was no wreckage from an airliner found.

    November 6, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. Tessa Casc New York New York

    Exactly, this guys is NOT imposing his personal opinions on the people. If something isn't constitutional, he won't get on board, in spite of his personal beliefs. For example, he believes marriage should be between a man and a woman, but he refuses to deny gay people the right to marry because it is UN-CONSTITUTIONAL. He's a true freedom fighter

    November 6, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    The Greens last ditch effort to stop the war in Iraq??

    November 6, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. Larry, Knoxville TN

    Glad the media is recognizing that the people are speaking with their paychecks in support of Dr. Paul, it is still ashame that they list him as a single digit poll candidate, they fail to mention that out of the first 27 national polls taken, they conveniently left him out of all but 5 during a time when his support started soaring.

    November 6, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. Dusty, Columbus, Ohio

    It's called a revolution for a reason.

    November 6, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. Z.R., Winston-Salem, NC

    I wish Republican voters would be so generous when it comes to paying taxes. Why waste so much money on any one candidate? They will spend the money on things that are not too useful to society.

    November 6, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. Ginger Partington, New York, NY

    Ron Paul champions the Bill of Rights and tirelessly works to protect Americans' civil liberties. The "right to abortion" is one presently granted by our courts, but it is not written into our original governing principles.

    Personally, I am pro-choice, though I still support Dr. Paul. The Bill of Rights states in Amendment X:

    The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

    I just thought to point this out since Ron Paul is pro-life not "anti-abortion rights." Dr. Paul has helped over 4,000 women deliver their babies into the world in his obstetrics practice in Lake Jackson, Texas.

    Recently, Congressman Paul proposed the "Sanctity of Life Act of 2005" (and 2007), which would require that "human life shall be deemed to exist from conception, without regard to race, sex, age, health, defect, or condition of dependency."

    I just thought to elaborate on where Ron Paul stands on that issue. Otherwise, thank you for your article.

    November 6, 2007 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. Cameron, Memphis, TN

    What will it mean when we learn in early January that Ron Paul raised more money in the 4th Quarter than Giuliani, Romney, Thompson, Huckabee, McCain? Will voters be willing to accept the premise Paul has a legitimate shot at the White House? We could very well find out. Paul has now raised more than 7.3 million this quarter, and we have 55 days left till January 1st.

    November 6, 2007 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. Robert, Winston Salem, NC

    Who is Ron Paul?

    November 6, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Mike Cheel, Tampa, FL

    A good article on Ron (best of the few CNN has posted yet IMO) but the picture did not match up. He looks like he is troubled in the pic when I can imagine he is overjoyed.

    November 6, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. Sam, Fort Worth, Texas

    Maybe it is just me but the wording of this story is just strange. "shocker", "Ron Paul's claim:". If this were Rudy, McCain or even Edwards, I'm pretty sure the spin would be much more positive.

    November 6, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. Terry, Denver, CO

    I donated $100 yesterday to Ron Paul's campaign. How do the numbers he's raking in shock anybody anymore?

    FREEDOM IS POPULAR.

    November 6, 2007 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. danielle garrison, new caney texas

    my vote is for ron..i think he is the only candidate serious about bringing america back.

    November 6, 2007 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    I heard a quote once.

    "Ron Paul is the president everyone wants, and stands for everything americans think they want. But once in office his popularity will fall because americans don't realize the impact of his policies. When the services they depend on start to go away true support for Ron Paul will be revealed and it will be very low"

    November 6, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. Tris C Minneapolis Minnesota

    CNN took off my comment that had Ron Paul's website attached to it. Kind of makes you wonder what kind of "balanced" news we're really getting here. Pretty scary that CNN can manipulate the vote this way.

    November 6, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. Aaron K, Bondurant, IA

    Say what you want, but there's a reason Ron Paul gets more support daily. Just 2 stories down on the CNN ticker is a story about how the economy and gas prices are a hardship for families. When Ron Paul speaks about financial matters and tells people why everything is going bad for the dollar, and ultimately the middle class and poor, people respond positively. It gets hard to see that the US Dollar hits a new low against the Euro, every week... It only ends when the American people and government especially, live within their means. And in this election cycle, that's only going to happen with Ron Paul.

    November 6, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. Chris W., Richmond, VA

    Can we please elect this man, please? He stands for many of things the Constitution and Bill of Rights speak to which is badly needed now.

    November 6, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  24. James Louisville, KY

    Ron Paul is catching on. People are beginning to realize there is no answer with any other of the candidates. Ron Paul is supported BY the people, and he will work FOR the people. Washington is seemingly void of honesty, and Ron Paul is the answer. 4 million! Ron Paul 2008

    November 6, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. Sara, Rochester, NY

    Ron Paul is My Love & HERO...He reminds us of what a real American looks like.

    November 6, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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