November 5th, 2007
08:33 PM ET
15 years ago

Paul's November 5 fundraising push

Rep. Ron Paul has surprised pundits and his rivals with his fundraising.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Presidential campaigns and supporters use all sorts of gimmicks to try and raise money, such as celebrating birthdays, winning a chance to dine with a candidate and marking November 5 as an anniversary.

Huh? November 5?

Supporters of Rep. Ron Paul’s presidential bid are using this date to help boost the Texas Republican’s campaign coffers, in what is being described as a massive grassroots on-line fundraising drive. The significance? Well, in English history a gentleman by the name of Guy Fawkes tried to blow up Houses of Parliament, which was the subject of the recent film “V for Vendetta.”

One of the leaders behind the Paul fundraising drive said the message is not violent, but rather a fundraising idea that spread virally on-line. Paul’s presidential campaign said the idea did not come from the Texas congressman, but they are promoting the progress of this fundraising drive. As of late Monday afternoon, the Paul campaign claims it raised over $2.7 million, a figure that cannot be independently confirmed until Federal Election Commission reports are filed at the end of the year.

Paul, who is registering in the low single digits in most polls, raised $5 million in the third quarter fundraising period.

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soundoff (372 Responses)
  1. 4liberty, Colorado Springs, CO

    Shame on you CNN for putting this story on the backburner.

    November 6, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Jason, from Virginia

    The only reason Ron Paul hasn't been getting the same coverage as the other candidates is because he is truly the only real candidate. The elite own all of the other horses in the race, and is seen as the only threat to Hillary Clinton's ascension to the White House. Don't trust me, look into it for yourself, we may think we have democracy in the United States, but its really a dictatorship run by Bilderburgers and other secret organizations of the elite.

    November 6, 2007 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. Frank Mayans, Los Angeles CA


    Paul/Gravel in 2008!

    Every party has a creepy candidate....

    November 6, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Ian, Eastham MA

    >he wants to get rid of all public education in the country and return to home schooling.

    You are sadly misinformed on these matters. He stands up for the rights of parents to home school their children if they wish. He wants to eliminate the Federal Department of Education. Public schools are a local matter; he does not wish to abolish public education, but to free it from the oversight and restrictions of the federal government.

    November 6, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. Paul, New Orleans, LA

    To: Anonymous

    At least have the guts to put your name up when you make asinine comment like that without any actual research. Where do you ge the idea that Ron Paul would turn over the military to blackwater? I would love to hear that explanation. Did you know he is on the House finance commt and Foreign relations commt?

    Bring it!

    November 6, 2007 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Aaron Kinney, Sherman Oaks CA

    RE: John, Detroit, Michigan:

    You have no idea what "insane" is. Insane is to continue advocating the publica education system as it is, while it has done nothing but decrease the quality of education since day 1.

    Children in the US were better educated without the federally-controlled public education system.

    Sanity is wanting to give control back to the states and back to the local communities. Sanity is admitting that the nationwide public school system is a complete and total failure (it clearly is by any measure), and dismantling it.

    Insanity is pushing for the status quo, more of the "same old same old" when it is clearly not working.

    Sanity is correcting a mistake, NOT continuing it.

    Now go find yourself some sanity, John from Detriot. And you better start reaching deep in your pockets if you dont want Ron Paul to win, because the Revolution is putting its money where its mouth is. And we WILL get our pro-freedom candidate ELECTED!

    November 6, 2007 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. John, Langhorne, PA

    John Wrote: "...he's a complete nutjob. he wants to get rid of all public education in the country and return to home schooling."

    Poor John, that is absurd and I'm afraid you are misinformed among other things. Name calling displays you level of intelligence. You obviously don't have children because if you did you would understand the education system of this county. Dr. Paul proposes to remove the federal level of the education system (oversight), leaving it the each state to administrate their public school system. Dr. Paul wants to shrink the federal bureaucracy and keep the tasks of government at the state level with the federal government playing its part (like national defense). This is how our county was set up by the founding fathers. Over the years the federal government kept growing and growing and gaining more power. If you like paying out the nose for a huge bureaucracy that wants to take your freedom and liberty in order to “protect you”, don't vote for Ron Paul. If you like the idea of restoring a "government of the people, by the people, for the people", vote for Ron Paul.

    November 6, 2007 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |

    Hes as over 7 million now CNN you might want to update. I may be past nov 5th but his donations are still rising. Ron's got my support ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE. Time to take our country back. What do you all say??? Vote Ron Paul. OH and just so you all know. Im a constitutionalist/republican a TRUE conservative, not NEO CONSERVATIVE like other people I know..cough bush cough...RON PAUL 08'

    November 6, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. Phil Chicago, Ill

    CNN is heavily censoring most comments about Ron Paul – letting very few negative remarks to be posted.

    Did Ron Paul threaten to sue you CNN?? Why so scared? You allow a free flow of remarks about other candidates. Wonder why the censoring about RP??

    Specifically about Ron Paul – I find it only fitting his campaign is using Nov 5 as a theme to raise money... Guy Fawkes – the criminal who attempted to blow up government buildings.

    Why not glorify Tim McVeigh, Mr Paul?

    Of course Ron Paul's disciples will howl that Ron Paul didn't create the tribute for this campaign (Guy Fawkes)... but will he keep the money??

    Thought so.

    November 6, 2007 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. Paul, New Orleans, LA

    To: Phil Chicago, Ill

    How about you point out some issues to debate rather than make silly comments with no substance. Can you? If so, you will get taken to the woodshed by the Ron Paul supporters in a debate. Come on, gimme some points to debate!

    November 6, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. Martha,Manchester,NH

    While Ron Paul is a good candidate with all the stated qualities, I have no room for Republicans.....I wouldn't vote republican to reform their party just because of Ron paul. Sorry I have Obama already!

    November 6, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. John, Langhorne, PA

    Phil from Ill,

    Let look at it another way,

    Nov 5th celebrates the foiling of a conspiracy of 10 or so men to over through the government. Guy Fawkes was the explosives expert who got caught and was executed! I think the people who came up with the fund raising idea are suggesting there is a conspiracy well underway except there are ties embedded inside our government(a coop so to speak), influenced by powerful people outside of government. Hence, conspiracy theorists and all the comments and efforts to paint these people who voice a belief in the “possibility” of a conspiracy as tin-foil hat, UFO seeing, moon bats. Back in the day they said the same thing about Christopher Columbus. His ideas when against the powers to be at the time so they discredited him for stating he thought the world was not flat.

    November 6, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Daniel ~ Longview, WA.

    Good Job! Go Ron Paul!

    CNN? Not so much.

    November 6, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. Jess, Madisonville, KY


    Part of that donation is from me Ron! Here's to you becomming the next great President of our time!


    November 6, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. JB Boston MA

    OK Ron Paul fans- please address the following.

    From what I understand he wants-

    -to abolish medicare and medicaid
    -Leave NAFTO and WTO
    -abolish the FDA
    -eliminate the Energy department

    I have heard several other extreme positions that will scare people away. You can kiss the votes of anyone over 50 goodbye with the first bullet point. You can't be this extreme and expect people to get in line.

    November 6, 2007 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. Phil Chicago, Ill

    To: Phil Chicago, Ill

    How about you point out some issues to debate rather than make silly comments with no substance. Can you? If so, you will get taken to the woodshed by the Ron Paul supporters in a debate. Come on, gimme some points to debate!

    Posted By Paul, New Orleans, LA : November 6, 2007 1:22 pm


    Ok Paul – since you're so eager to defend Ron Paul's isolationist/Libertarian views:

    1. Ron Paul wants to legalize drugs. Yeah – meth, cocaine, heroine have ALL done so much to help our society!

    2. Ron Paul wants to eliminate Homeland Security, FBI, and the CIA.
    Yeah – turn over "national security" to 50 states, Govenors, etc. Exactly HOW will your great state of Louisiana get information on terrorists – plotting in Yemen to carry out blowing up the Superdome? Louisiana Government officials? (Hell they can't handle helping get water to hurricane victims in their backyard much less deal with national or military issues!)

    3. Ron Paul wants to withdraw EVERY US soldier deployed abroad (Japan, Germany, England, Korea, Middle East, etc).
    Yeah... cause the NEXT attack on US will come from a spanish armada of wooden ships and cannon balls? Ron Paul is warmed-over Pat Buchanan when it comes to being an isolationist!

    Go ahead, Paul, explain away how better off our country will be when heroine addicts freely walk the streets (schools), we have NO national or international force to keep an eye on those bent to do US citizens harm. Tell us how better off the world will be when the only remaining Superpower says – go ahead... kill each we don't really care about genocide... develop nuclear weapons – point them at our capital cities... burying our heads in the sand is a GREAT solution!

    November 6, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. Shar Grant, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Thanks for reporting on this. The local Ron Paul supporters appreciate it.

    November 6, 2007 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  18. Steve Mantua, NJ

    JB from Boston:

    Where can I go to find more information regarding his stance on those positions? If true I find just those alone a little radical.

    November 6, 2007 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  19. patrick el reno oklahoma

    i must say, on your ron paul comments you ar either uniformed, or you just want to discredit a good man. im sorry for you, an the people you represent

    November 6, 2007 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  20. James

    December 15, is Bill of Rights Day.

    November 6, 2007 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  21. Mike, NY

    You understanding is incorrect, JB from Boston.

    -Paul wants to save Social Security. He's never voted to spend money from it, and I believe he's introduced legislation that would have blocked social security funds from being spent on anything but the promised benefits. By removing troops from around the world and cutting off federal aid to foreign nations, we would have enough money to ensure those who have invested in SS get the benefits. At the same time, Paul would work to allow younger people to opt out of social security and invest their money their own way. If you want to put your faith in social security being there in 20 or 30 years, you can continue to pay for it; if not, and you think you can make sound investments, you can keep your money. Sounds more than fair, doesn't it?

    -We don't need the WTO or NAFTA to trade with other nations. International organizations have been gaining greater influence, which can subvert the republican process. The federal government has already passed laws, and presidents have dragged us into needless wars, because of UN resolutions, WTO agreements, etc.

    As for the FDA and Department of Energy (and you forgot Education!), where does the Constitution grant the federal government the power to regulate these? Either way, it is not something Paul could do unilaterally. He would need the support of Congress, which would spur a national dialogue over the usefulness of these agencies. Personally, I think the market (or, at worst, state governments) could handle drug production, food safety, energy concerns, education, etc. far better than the federal government could, but I don't expect everyone to go along with that. Neither does Paul.

    November 7, 2007 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  22. JB Boston MA

    Hey Steve Mantua from NJ-

    Sorry for the late response. There is a grid on MSNBC that I find very helpful when looking at each of the candidates (sorry CNN, you just don't have a similiar resource).

    November 8, 2007 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
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