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. JD Austin TX

    I gave 25 dollars today. Well over 3 million already raised today. Please give Ron Paul a fair look.

    November 6, 2007 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  2. Jack Little Rock Arkansas

    Why does this story differ so much from the Associated Press story? Its numbers are 3.5 million in 20 hours.

    November 6, 2007 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  3. Daniel ~ Longview, WA.

    I donated $100 today, and he is at 3.8 million as of 8:52 pm!

    Ron Paul 2008!

    November 6, 2007 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  4. John, Denver CO

    I'm glad Ron Paul is a marginal candidate with no real support among the general public. Otherwise the large media outlets might have to cover his campaign and that would take them away from pressing issues like Hillary's cleavage or the price of John Edward's last hair cut.

    So what's it going to be CNN? An honest look at the record millions raised today from tens of thousands of grass root Ron Paul supporters, or more gossip stories about Obama, Clinton, et al.?

    November 6, 2007 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  5. Amber Jordan, Norman, Oklahoma

    woo hoo! Go Ron Paul!

    November 6, 2007 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  6. Bob, NY, NY

    Why question this or even doubt it? When Dean raised money in 2004 in much of the same method did anyone question it?

    November 6, 2007 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  7. Shaan Rupani, Torrance, CA

    Correction! As per an official Ron Paul 2008 Email:

    Over $3,800,000 raised.

    More than 35,000 total donations.

    November 6, 2007 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  8. Joe, Seattle, WA

    Ron Paul is one of the few candidates who has promised to end this war immediately! I suggest everyone at least hear his message. I've voted Democrat my whole life and now it's a no-brainer to me: RON PAUL 2008!!!
    $4 Million in one day alone!

    November 6, 2007 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  9. Vamshi, Fresno, CA

    It's actually at almost close to 4 Million with 4 minutes left in the day (EST). That is what the website is currently indicating.

    November 6, 2007 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  10. Todd Phoenix, AZ

    I don't know what polls you idiots at CNN have been looking at, but Ron Paul has been doing very well in many independent polls. He has also done very well in many of the debates, and I think it's time that CNN and other slanted mainstream media atsrted taking a good look at this guy, instead of constantly cramming Guiliani, Clinton, and Obama down our throats every single day.

    November 6, 2007 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  11. Jonathon, Downey, CA

    Why call it a "gimmick"? A gimmick sounds like something childish, inauthentic, and deceptive. How can you say that raising nearly $4 million in 24 hours is a gimmick?

    Also, why use a picture of Dr. Paul where he is frowning and looks angry? I've noticed that the "meet the candidates" section often displays Clinton and Obama smiling and then two frowning Republicans. Maybe it wasn't intentional, but I can't help but feel that CNN is dismissive of a candidate who doesn't fit the mainstream model.

    But, that's the secret of RP's success online. It is not just a campaign for Ron Paul, but it is also a campaign against the mainstream media and the two-choice, Red-Blue paradigm.

    November 6, 2007 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  12. Tom, Laguna Beach, CA

    Try $4 Million

    November 6, 2007 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  13. David Lowe, Wichita, KS

    Abbi, Eric, and Katy,

    The sheep are waking up. Just so you know, let me point out all the points in this little article you wrote in which you are trying to shape the view of the reader to negatively view Ron Paul, a great man of truth and virtue:

    – "all sorts of gimmicks to try and raise money" – associating this outpouring of money to Ron Paul's campaign with a gimmick rather than the truth: we're fed up with you liars.

    – "Guy Fawkes tried to blow up Houses of Parliament" – associating Ron Paul supporters with people who blow up things so the sheep will have that in the back of their mind and not support Ron Paul.

    – "Paul, who is registering in the low single digits in most polls" – putting in the mind of the sheep that Paul isn't to be taken seriously.

    Let me tell you pathetic lap dogs of the media propaganda matrix something: you will NOT be able to stop the truth. We are taking the country back and taking the Constitution back. You can worry about pleasing your editors who are controlled by the arch-criminals at the top of the propaganda pyramid, but in the end, you will lose.

    By the way, why don't you break the BIG story today: that Hillary Clinton has a lesbian lover named Huma Abedin? Yeah, let's have a lesbian neat!!

    November 6, 2007 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  14. Mark, Rio de Janeiro

    The most successful single-day fundraiser for a Republican candidate this year, and one of the most successful of all time for anyone, and all you can do is:
    * call it a gimmick
    * try to link Paul to violence
    * remind people that he is single digits nationally in many polls

    WHATEVER. Can't you just admit it – this is one of the most amazing fundraising feats ever. Come on, I know you can. Just give it a try.

    November 6, 2007 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  15. Jason, Los Angeles, CA

    It went up to 4.4 million in a 24 hour period.

    November 6, 2007 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  16. JC Austin Tx

    2.7 million?!?! Try 4.2 million..

    Kinda tough to ignore Ron Paul now..

    November 6, 2007 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  17. Clay, Elizabeth City, NC

    The total is actualy 4.2 Million in 24 hours. This breaks all records for the GOP and comes in close to the amount raised by Hillary Clinton. The number of donors; 38,000 might even out number all other campaigns in 24 hrs since it was hugely supported by small donations of around $100.

    November 6, 2007 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  18. Dan, Blacksburg, VA

    Ron Paul in the low single digits in most polls? And you people claim to report the news?! Wake up it's the Ron Paul R[evo]lution!

    November 6, 2007 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  19. Dylan, Bethesda, MD

    $2.7 million? Try more than $4.2 million from more than 37,000 donors. Ron Paul is leading the Republicans. The media polls are not credible. Ron Paul is going to dominate the primaries. The primary elections will desperately need exit polls to reign in the electronic election fraud that will undoubtedly occur.

    November 6, 2007 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  20. Ryan, Overland Park, KS

    4 Million!!

    November 6, 2007 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  21. Mike, San Antonio, Texas

    That's 4.2 million dollars today according to AP ! WoW

    November 6, 2007 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  22. Craig, San Antonio Tx

    I just donated to Ron Paul's candidacy today. Finally, I have found someone who cares about this country and will not sell out this once great country that is evolving into a total catastrophe of crookedness, greed, and indifference to the values and beliefs of our forefathers, the people, and the Constitution. And that someone is Ron Paul. Today, we have struck with a thunderous blow, but the greatest blow is yet to come, when WE show up in unprecedented droves for the primaries and Election Day 2008. Ron Paul will be President. His Will be Done!

    November 6, 2007 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  23. Victor, Malverne NY

    While I applaud your coverage of Ron Paul's accomplishment today, even though the story was presented with an eye of skepticism, why is it that only his donations, straw poll results, viewer poll results and general support questioned as some type of anomaly or dismissed pending additional verification?

    Also, I believe that it is at best inaccurate and at worst irresponsible that Wolf Blitzer, whom I respected for many years, to say in a recent interview that candidate Paul is a Libertarian, when it is common knowledge that he has been a Republican for some time now. This is not the first time I have heard or read this. Other news outlets, i.e. ABC, in an effort to marginalize his success, have made the same inaccurate statement. I apologize if he does not fit in to the cookie cutter image that the other leading candidates, Republican or Democrat, but I do believe that for the sake of journalistic integrity you should present an accurate and fair accounting of the facts and let the readers / viewers decide.

    Although it should not matter, for the record, I have voted across both sides of the aisle in various elections, and am simply interested in an OPEN and HONEST political dialog.

    Good night and good luck…

    November 6, 2007 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  24. Leah, Temecula, CA

    I agree CNN has not given Ron Paul a fair share of media attention. We are all spreading his message with our own voices. I donated today, and I have never in my life wanted to donate a dime to any politician. We LOVE RON PAUL. RON PAUL 2008.

    November 6, 2007 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  25. Steven, Dallas, Texas

    "Why call it a "gimmick"? A gimmick sounds like something childish, inauthentic, and deceptive. How can you say that raising nearly $4 million in 24 hours is a gimmick?"

    I think CNN got confused. They meant to say that Senator Obama's appearance on SNL was a 'gimmic', or perhaps Senator Clinton's appearance on 'the View'.

    November 6, 2007 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
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