November 5th, 2007
08:33 PM ET
14 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. Max, Austin, TX

    It was more than that! $3.8 million! Go Ron!

    November 6, 2007 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  2. Alex Philadelphia

    Actually, way more than 2.7 million.

    drop the slight negative spin on your reporting of him.

    You really shouldn't try to talk about things in the past tense until its actually in the past. As in, whats the point of saying he raised x amount for November 5th if that day isn't over yet... I keep refreshing the page and the donations ticker is still skyrocketing.

    November 6, 2007 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  3. Marshall, San Francisco, CA

    3.9 million now.

    November 6, 2007 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  4. Anil, Addison, TX

    Well, now that Ron's campaign has raised $4M, what happened to the earlier version of your text where you were being condescending about setting achievable targets to encourage supporters?! HA! There's no way of ignoring Ron Paul after this feat!

    November 6, 2007 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  5. Steve, Sacramento CA

    Most polls?
    What polls are you talking about and quit trying to tell us what to think. How about growing a conscience.

    Online polls represent we the people and you know the truth about how he rates there

    November 6, 2007 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  6. Zachary Hensley, North Liberty, IA

    He did NOT raise $2.7M. It's closer to $4M.

    November 6, 2007 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  7. Theta Minneapolis Minnesota

    Go Ron Paul!

    November 6, 2007 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  8. keith Austin, TX

    CNN is intentionally putting the most negative spin possible on Ron Paul.

    November 6, 2007 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  9. Bakin, LA, CA

    Spread VIRALLY! Like a virus!
    Any other obtuse comments you wanna add CNN?
    $100 today...thousands of dollars saved at tax time...millions of lives changed...

    November 6, 2007 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  10. Camp David Houston Texas

    This guy is going to turn out to be a force with which to be reckoned.

    November 6, 2007 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  11. Laura Doolittle Columbus OHIO

    Smart guy. THe best and the brightest

    November 6, 2007 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  12. Steven Faulkenberry Norman, OK

    Wow. The Ron Paul campaign has raised more than 3.8 million dollars today and it's not even over yet. Please help stop the media blackout of Ron Paul and the real issues he is discussing. He is the most represented candidate in Norman OK by farrrrr.

    November 6, 2007 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  13. MS Johnson City, TN

    The (American)Eagle has landed.
    His name is Ron Paul

    November 6, 2007 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  14. Jenny Clark Phoenix, Arizona


    November 6, 2007 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  15. Jim, Fort Worth Texas

    Actually it was called a donation bomb. It was all over the internet but you Guys seldom leave the CNN building to investigate anything. Online, people were ask to send their donation (as I and many fellow employees did) on Nov. 5. It worked, just that simple. The polls are a joke on you guys. Kinda like whistling in the dark. I work as a Contractor for the US Army in Germany. Believe me when I say Ron Paul will have the Military vote. Our Military is moving away from Imperialism and back toward the Constitution they swore to protect against all enemies, foreign and domestic. The old Corporate fear tool "DO YOU LIKE YOUR JOB" is no longer working and is being replaced by the courage to be a nation among nations. You really have not written an unbias article about Ron Paul. It's always been "his voters are hacking our viewer polls". Well Hackers did not donate this much money but I am sure you wont comment on this. Report on all the straw poll results as you did before Ron Paul smoked everyone in them so far. V for Vendetta was a good movie but there is enough not Hollywood to report on here. If you want to report on a movie in the political Ticker section, report on the movie Network. At least it applies to what is occuring in our nation.

    November 6, 2007 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  16. Shawn, Oklahoma City

    Good luck spinning this one. "Scientific" polls are incredibly outdated, I know no one under the age of 30 who still uses a land line. The American people will choose the next presidential candidate, not the press. Kudos to the Paulites.

    November 6, 2007 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  17. Bart Zapal, Chicago, IL

    As of 10:25 PM CST = $6.95M

    November 6, 2007 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  18. Jason Hooper, Metairie, LA

    We are pushing over 4 million at 11:30 EST.

    Dr. Paul has rock solid support.

    November 6, 2007 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  19. Peter,Manchester,NH

    To me this sounds an advertsement media network rather than news network......

    November 6, 2007 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  20. OB, LAke forest,ca.

    They'ev got the guns, we got the numbers,

    circa 1967, jim morrison

    all we need is 200k people with 100 dollars each, we can take it to the status quo, I just sent my hundred, who is next , we need about another 165 k people, out of 300 million, come on,, give me a break, let me up off the floor, DONATE $100.00


    November 6, 2007 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  21. Jesse, Portland ME

    This is where the American media needs to STOP denying the presence of Ron Paul. This is where the American media needs to STOP trying to control the truth and the fact that Ron Paul is a real candidate, and a real choice for the American People.

    The fact remains: Ron Paul SHOULD be leading in the polls, and WOULD be if the American media would stop trying to control the election.

    Ron Paul 2008 – A real candidate for REAL Americans.

    November 6, 2007 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  22. Peter

    2.5 million??? Try 4 million.

    November 6, 2007 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  23. paul c, herrin, il

    its 4.4 million now

    go ron paul!

    November 6, 2007 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  24. Stephen Joy, OKC, OK

    How much longer do you think you can ignore Ron Paul? Keep pushing your neo-con shills like "Mike Hukabee" and company and see your already sorry viewership fall further. Lou Dobbs is the only reason to watch you people now and he looks like he is getting tired of this too.

    November 6, 2007 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  25. Nathan, Novi, Mi

    2.7 Million? Closer to $4 million! And the mainstream media still mostly ignores Paul. This story did not appear on FOX news even though Ron Paul has raised more in one day than any other candidate for the U.S. presidency in 2008. Thanks for covering the story, even it is slightly inaccurate. Stop ignoring Ron Paul. His grassroots campaign is not a joke. No one running for president is laughing at $4 million in one day. Maybe drooling.

    November 6, 2007 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
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