DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) – GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul said Monday that his campaign has raised a sum of money so vast he isn't even sure how to spend it yet - but his advisers have already gotten to work on the top items on their wish list.
A spokesman for the Texas congressman's campaign told CNN's Rebecca Sinderbrand that they are in the process of adding staff in Florida and in several of the states that head to the polls February 5. He also said they were buying airtime in the early-voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.
At a Monday press conference touting the fact his campaign raised more than $6 million the day before, Paul said that even his most optimistic supporters were "pleasantly surprised" by the massive haul.
"Towards the end it was difficult to keep up with all the accounting," Paul said.
He also drew a distinction between himself and other candidates in the GOP field by adding that his funds did not come from "powerful special interests."
"In our case it came from individuals who were concerned about what was happening," Paul added, "and I have offered an alternative both economically speaking, monetarily, as well as in foreign policy."
"I believe this is the reason they have come and joined the campaign."
Paul spoke to a room where members of the press outnumbered the few supporters gathered, but that didn't stop him for criticizing the media for focusing on candidates with money.
"Its disappointing to me personally," Paul said, "because it looks to me like money talks, and I like to say ideas talk…[and that it's] my position on foreign policy and the monetary system that should have gotten the attention of the media."
Related video: Paul touts fundraising
–CNN's Chris Welch and Rebecca Sinderbrand