November 6th, 2007
02:50 PM ET
6 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. martin phila pa

    Sampling error: +/-5 percentage points. Based on interviews with 379 registered Republicans. The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted September 7-9, 2007. How dare CNN say Dr. Paul is regestering in the low single digits from a 2 month old pole of less than 400 Republicans does this answer your question is Ron Paul getting fair treatment .What happened at the Straw Poles. Why is the Republican Jewish Coalition excluding Ron Paul from their debate forum. Aren't they Americans they didn't exclude him due to low poling

    November 6, 2007 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  2. DefendTheConstitution

    Let me clear up the connection to "V for Vendetta" for the poor lost souls that somehow think it promotes "terrorism" or "anarchy".

    V for Vendetta is about standing up to a tyrannical, fascist government that uses terrorism induced fear to impose control over the population.

    If you can't see the parallels between "V for Vendetta" and the draconian security measures that BushCo have put in place (The "Patriot" Act, etc..) then you have to be completely blind or living in a CNN information bubble.

    That's the real issue here that CNN and other lazy, dishonest media outlets will trivialize into some Anti-American promotion of terrorism. By that logic the founding fathers would be labeled terrorists too, right?

    November 6, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. Jacob, Port St. Lucie, FL

    In every falling empire there comes a critical point in which leaders fail their nation. George W. Bush has done just that, he has failed. I originally was a Bush fanatic, but his subsequent actions in Iraq and botched budgeting has turned my opinion against him.
    Ron Paul, is a public servant with over 20 yrs under his belt. A doctor, and veteran, he has such a solid voting record that Main Stream Media (MSM) can't touch his record, so they attempt to portray Ron Paul as a "fringe" movement, well...
    Hi, my name is Jacob and I work full time, and am not a multimillionaire. I don't believe the World Trade Centers were an inside job. Nor do I believe that the Patriot Act at this point is being used to target U.S. civilians. However there are certain limitations established by our founding fathers laid out in a document known as the Constitution. I feel it is imperative we adhere to them to ensure the survival of our great nation. We may or may not be considered an Empire, however regardless we are a Democracy. We have the ability to correct our mistakes rather than perpetuate them. Ron Paul is our eraser, he'll undo those things which have proven to be malignant upon the American people, and American spirit.
    We MUST remove the income tax
    We MUST allow those wishing to depart from the social security system to due so
    We MUST go back to a precious metal standard if we ever wish to be lifted from the slavery of interest which the majority of Americans find themselves imprisoned too, lets not allow the statue of liberty be bond by the chains of debt.
    We MUST end imperialism in foreign nations, 55 yrs in Korea, think it's been long enough?
    We MUST revert to the old ways of our former Statesmen rather then the polarization for popularity.
    We MUST not allow our apathy to allow us, good people, sit by as the small groups of sheep led by the Main Stream Media cast their ballots blindly.
    it is our civil duty as informed individuals to vote accordingly to whom we feel is best fit to lead our nation, not vote as if we were betting or bidding on a auction for presidency, the object is not to vote to win. But to vote for who is best fit to lead.
    become informed, if this man can raise over four million dollars in a single day, don't you think you should know who he is?
    I'm not an extremist, I'm not a loon, I'm not a truther or w.e. they call um, I am an American, informed, and angry as anything at the status quo

    November 6, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  4. Steve, Lyons, CO

    "He's a true freedom fighter"

    B.S. Anyone who's anti-abortion is either anti-women in general, or deranged with made-up christianity, since the bible says ZIP about abortion.

    November 6, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  5. Alex, Fort Lauderdale

    I have the impression that the mainstream media and lobbyists want to choose a President for us once again.

    November 6, 2007 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  6. CJ, Austin, TX

    Ron Paul is a nice guy and all and I agree with him on some points, Iraq certainly, but you guys need to be realistic; he doesn't have a chance,, too little, too late...

    November 6, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. Tom, Tucson AZ

    It's encouraging to have a logical politician get some support. I've decided that he gets my vote.

    November 6, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. jw, canadian,ok

    Paul has been called conservative, Constitutionalist, and libertarian. He advocates non-interventionist foreign policy, having voted against the Iraq War Resolution, but in favor of force against terrorists in Afghanistan. He favors withdrawal from NATO and the United Nations; supports free trade, rejecting NAFTA as "managed trade"; and opposes amnesty and birthright citizenship for illegal aliens. Having pledged never to raise taxes, he has long advocated ending the federal income tax and reducing government spending by abolishing most federal agencies; he favors hard money and opposes the Federal Reserve. He also opposes the Patriot Act, the federal War on Drugs, and gun control. Paul is strongly pro-life, advocates the overturn of Roe v. Wade, and affirms states' rights to determine the legality of abortion.[2]

    from Wikipedia.

    Is this THE Ron Paul you guys are spamming for? – SCARY.

    November 6, 2007 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  9. New Patriot, Arizona

    GO RON !

    He is a long shot becoming more noticible.

    November 6, 2007 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  10. Betsy, San Leandro

    I also made the switch from Democrat to Republican because Ron Paul is more representative of me than any of the other candidates. He will get my vote, and $2,300 of my cash, even if he doesn't agree with me on Roe v. Wade, but believes that is something best decided by each of our 50 states. WE ARE THE PEOPLE, and we are simply speaking up! Let's hope that serves as a reminder to all politicians of what it truly means to be an American!!

    November 6, 2007 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |


    November 6, 2007 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. Joe C, Chicago IL

    Ron Paul has shown he can raise money and his opposition to the war and his dedication to the Constitution's principles are admirable traits. However, he introduced legislation to repeal the assault weapons ban (complete nonsense), and his immigration proposals are just plain unrealistic. Sorry Ron Paul fans, it ain't gonna happen.

    November 6, 2007 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  13. Emliee, CA

    Me and my husband both donate on the 5th of Nov. I will keep on giving until he get into the white house 🙂

    November 6, 2007 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. VirginiaRee, Charlottesville, VA

    Can you imagine if 100,000 people donated $100 instead of only 33,000 like yesterday? The media has been remiss in giving Paul's message much attention. If they start, there will be many more people supporting what is undoubtedly a very honest and straightforward politician. We need change and Paul can deliver.

    November 6, 2007 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  15. Robert VandenBerg, Grand Forks, ND

    Good grief! Couldn't CNN find any pictures of Dr. Paul where he doesn't look pissed?! He actually smiles a lot, so I can't figure out for the life of me why the should select a picture that shows him in such an unflattering light. Oh, and the "anti-abortion rights" label was just priceless. Would it be too much to ask of a serious news organization that they just call him "pro-life" or simply "anti-abortion"? Instead they have to smear him as anti-Rights! Disgracefull!

    November 6, 2007 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  16. ran

    I agree with the following

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

    Posted By Josey2006

    November 6, 2007 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Let's see: Ron Paul has won every post-debate poll to date and he just raised over 4million in under 24 hours yet news of this massive fundraising event finds its way only to the internet of most media conglomerates. If its so much of a "shocker", why did I not see it on TV today?

    Democrat and physician for Ron Paul

    November 6, 2007 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  18. Rick, Syracuse NY

    I just donated $200 yesterday. I don't even think Ron Paul will win, but i can't pass up the chance to support the one candidate that i think will represent some real positive change in American foreign policy and monetary policy. Please give him some time and real thought.

    November 6, 2007 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  19. Will, Phoenix Arizona

    The Guy Fawkes Day link is very relevant, but not because of the plot itself. After the attempted bombing, the incident was used by the English government to increase the power of the monarchy and reduce civil liberties. I personally don't see a huge assault on privacy and freedom of speech, as many people do. However, it's still an interesting parallel – terrorist attack leads to increased executive power and the use of torture. Yes, Guy was tortured.

    November 6, 2007 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  20. Jonathan, Birmingham AL

    Why did you delete my previous comment, CNN? It was up for 30 minutes so I know it went through. I thought it was appropriate, relevant, and generally mild. Was it because I called you Fox News Lite? Don't be so sensitive. I applaud you for covering this story, which they didn't, even if you did put it through a heavy spin cycle. Don't you know that Lies and Censorship are going to leave your clothes smelling really dirty?

    November 6, 2007 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  21. john, detroit, michigan

    you people are absolutely insane.

    November 6, 2007 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  22. Mark K.

    Amazing! Think that Nov. 5th is big. Wait until the next fund raiser. The RP Revolution is growing. The more CCN, FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC tries to censor the RP message, the stronger his movement gets. Please, keep up the sub-par work you are doing.

    November 6, 2007 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  23. Steven Stewart, Portland, Oregon

    Its funny that Ron Paul supporters get so angry at the picture of Ron Paul, every picture on CNN usually is rather funky. Even Hillary, of whom the "Clinton News Network" is said to support, looks like she is bloated or mid-bite per each picture. CNN just needs to pick out better pictures.

    Oh and Ron Paul, another white male in the oval office? Lets shake things up and have some change. Clinton and Obama 08 PEOPLE WAKE UP!

    November 6, 2007 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  24. Wayne Weaver St. Louis County Missouri

    Tired of being ignored by your President, Congressman, senator and political party? Sick of watching them pass legislation that is not in the best interest of our Country? Want an end to the war in Iraq and our troops home? Tired of the corruption and watching our freedoms go down the drain with the dollar and our economy? Vote for Ron Paul for President

    November 6, 2007 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  25. Evan Rogers, Dublin Ohio

    Hey all you Ron Paul supporters!! I'm with you! I donated 200$ on Nov. 5th!!

    Note: Ron Paul was not the one who started this nov. 5th drive - CNN called it a gimmick, shame on them. It was the grassroots internet community who called for, created, planned, organized, and put into motion this magnanimous day where one man raised so much money to spread his message of liberty on one single day.

    Shame on all you out there who blame Ron Paul for the choice of day, it was not his. Why blame anyone? the message was that Nov. 5th was a day that attempted to end tyranny by determined individuals, not terrorists trying to kill off the government (note – americans are terrorists! I'm proud of it! I hate king George!)

    ALSO!! Why the heck isn't this front page news?!?!! this is flabberghasting!!! I can't believe i had to click on the "Politics" page, then click on some tiny worded "ron paul get's money" headline that points me to a 200 worded news article. This is pure evidence that, for whatever reason, the media don't care about Ron Paul. I might take that one step further and say that they are Afraid of Ron Paul....

    Anyway!! JUST LIKE WE MADE HISTORY ON NOVEMBER 5th, SO CAN WE MAKE HISTORY BY BOYCOTTING CNN. If these MSM nincumpoops can't get the idea that 37,000 people support this champion of liberty, then something is wrong.


    126m people voted in 2004 - that means that in 1 day 3tenths of 1 percent of the entire population of america - ONE YEAR BEFORE THE ELECTION - gave 100$ or more to Ron Paul. that's amazing, and I would think that this is a record

    November 6, 2007 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
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