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. J.C., Newark, DE

    It is absolutely astonishing to me that Ron Paul is still this low in the polls.
    You'd think Republicans would want to rally behind a man who "tells it like it is," a man who doesn't pull punches while still maintaining the upmost respect for his fellow candidates as well as the American people.
    I am a split-ticket Independent, and vote on the issues, as everyone should do, and I can't think of another candidate who is better for this country than
    Ron Paul.
    If you're a Republican, an Independent, or even a Democrat, the only clear choice is Ron Paul in 2008.

    November 6, 2007 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  2. freetobeme, Rochester, PA

    Here is the only candidate I can stomach. The only candidate not bought and sold by the people who want to sell this Republic down the river. If you really believe in what the Founding Fathers established, you'll take a good look at Ron Paul.

    November 6, 2007 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  3. Clark, Columbia MD

    He is at 7.2 Million for the qtr with almost two months to go. We are buying back our country! Attend the November 10th event at liberty park in Philly for freedom!

    November 6, 2007 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  4. Dan, London, Ontario, Canada

    As a Canadian watching the political scene as it unfolds in the U.S., I have also become "cured of my political apathy" by Dr. Paul ! We could only *wish* to have a leader here with the same PASSION for his country, without the baggage of owing your position to the highest coorporate bidder. I am astonished by the mainstream media and its attempt to marginalize Dr. Paul. People, he is the real deal.. Do your homework and research his background ... CNN- Shame on you for forgetting your duty for UNBIASED reporting !!!!

    November 6, 2007 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  5. martin phila pa

    It's a shame CNN won't give much air time to Ron Paul who is clearly raising the largest money from the people not from big Corp. donor and Organizers .It shows how CNN is a controlled media program .Too bad ted turner lost his pride and joy to zionists and neocons

    November 6, 2007 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  6. Larry Morris Mason, TN

    It is simply outrageous that there is no media coverage for Dr. Paul. Absolutely the only candidate that has this countries true values at the core of his message. Bring liberty back to the US ... Vote Ron Paul in 2008.

    November 6, 2007 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  7. Duncan, Richmond, VA

    I am so sick of the main stream media treating people like Ron Paul as a joke. He is the ONLY candidate that believes in the original intent of the US.

    How can an organization like CNN expect to a serious media outlet when it chooses who it promotes and who it mocks?

    CNN still has a LONG way to go before it can even polish the shoes of the BBC News reporting standard.

    November 6, 2007 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  8. JB Boston MA

    I like this guy, but he will never win. Too many crazy ideas. Some great ideas, but the crazy will hurt himn too much. Maybe a good VP, but I doubt that as well.

    November 6, 2007 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  9. UNKNOWN what is that suppose to mean? I think that you should explain so we can all understand what that means.

    November 6, 2007 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  10. Chris, Pensacola FL

    I agree it is odd they use the better photos for the candiates they (media) promote. They (media) then use awkward shots for the candidates they are told to shun.

    Now I have seen many bad pictures of Clinton, I mean it's kind of hard NOT to have a bad picture of her (she is quite the NON-looker), but the majority of the ones within the media are a nice, air brushed, face lift shot.

    November 6, 2007 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  11. Jim Topeka, Kansas

    Ron who? Talk about a viable national canidate.

    November 6, 2007 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. John T., Maricopa, AZ

    Why won't CNN cover this as the major story it is?

    Ron Paul raised more money online in one day than any other candidate EVER! Yet, CNN is running stories about Biden not wanting to be Hillary's running mate and on the political page – Hillary's poll. Why not the REAL money that Ron Paul supporters have put behind their candidate? Why not? Because CNN would rather bury the story in the depths of their website than protect their journalistic integrity.

    Ron Paul has way more backing than the polls CNN reports on, but read the fine print – they're only contacting just under 500 pre-picked people.

    Ron Paul is not just about a bunch of Internet junkies... Ron Paul has the backing of real supporters. Ron Paul has the support of "We the People." At the end of the day, Ron Paul is the only candidate that is trying to protect what this country was once great for, what established this country, which is the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the words of the Founding Fathers. Our Founding Fathers have answers for nearly all the problems we face today. We just have to open our ears and hear them, which can only be done by reading and respecting the words the put down for our generations to read. If we fail to listen, then we deserve the tyranny and oppression that governments give us. The same type of tyranny that King George offered. The same tyranny that drove my ancestors from an oppressive England in the mid-1600s.

    So when Ron Paul speaks, please listen.

    Let us – "We the People" take back our CONSTITUTION and our COUNTRY!

    November 6, 2007 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. Billy Kostovski Paramus NJ

    LOL no reports on Paul tsk tsk... God Bless America.

    November 6, 2007 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  14. Jim, Fort Worth, Texas

    I guess I'll repeat what I wrote this morning that you did not publish. Obviously you only left the Paul comment open for about 15 seconds. Been stuck at 5 comments since 4:30 AM this morning (Germany time) V for Vendetta is a good movie but give me a break. The movie you should be writing about (if movies have anything to do with the Political Ticker) is Network because this is more what is happening in America. Look at all straw Polls and all viewer polls. Whose way on top? Ron Paul of course. Just since you published your stupid article the campaign has brought in another 3 million. PRINT THAT spineless CNN!!!

    November 6, 2007 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  15. Walter Davis

    I am convinced that cnn is one of the most biased news outlets in the media. The consistent bad photos of Ron Paul clearly indicate that cnn wishes him not to be taken seriously. The media is attempting to tell you who you can vote for.

    November 6, 2007 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. John, Detroit, Michigan

    to the person above me... you can't get a good picture of ron paul because he's a complete nutjob.

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

    this man is insane and the people who gave him money might as well as just thrown it away.

    November 6, 2007 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. Paul, New Orleans, LA

    To: Jim Topeka, Kansas

    So, who is your viable canditate that will abolish the federal income tax and give the power back to the people at the local level? I would like to hear this one.

    November 6, 2007 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  18. Captain Liberty, Boston Mass.

    CNN drops the ball again!

    I used to trust CNN but the lack of Ron Paul related news is just disturbing. i wonder how many D&R have stock in CNN?.....once again proving that money, corporations, and special intest groups control what we see as relevant news.

    You have betrayed the American people for the last time with me. You are being removed from my favorties, and i no longer consider this a reliable news source.

    November 6, 2007 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. david knowles

    The Republican candidates better start taking this guy seriously:

    November 6, 2007 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. JD Rugby ND

    The fact that this story is being treated as a non-story demostrates that the media is controlled and reports only what they are told to report.

    November 6, 2007 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  21. Tess Casc Minneapolis MN

    You are all so right on! I tried to comment about Ron Paul, yesterday, stating that he is the smartest candidate out here and will come up in the polls and CNN took my comment off! That is all I said and they removed my comment in the same way that they removed this story from the front page! CNN is biased and sensationalistic and I feel like I'm in a Marxist country with them and NOT in a free speech democracy. Let's see if this makes it to the column.

    November 6, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. Doug, New Jersey

    Ha ha, all these I wish Bush and Cheney would be assassinated liberal democrats who pretend to support Ron Paul will all be voting for Hillary come November 2008. Ron is not your man, he is not hateful, he is honest, and he will not support your politics of stealing from hard working Americans and giving that money to the entitlement class "great society" libs that are basically paid a check each month from the government for a guaranteed Democrat vote each November. It is easy to see if a person is honest, respectful, fair, and a positive impact on our society. Just ask them if they want to get rid of the death tax, if they say no then they are pure evil, selfish people who represent everything that is wrong with this country.

    November 6, 2007 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. James, NYC, NY

    Yes, Ron has raised over $4 million. Hard to laugh him off as "nutjob" lower tier candidate. The sheep that belive CNN or the other big media outlets have their head stuck in the sand. The people decide elections. the media, bankers and corporations try to sway it but it is time to take the country back. They know this and just watch how scared they are of Paul (as Gandhi said, "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they attack you").

    November 6, 2007 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. Anonymous

    Research this candidate. There's a lot more to being President than simply saying he'd get us out of Iraq.

    Ron Paul would shutter the doors of the White House and turn the entire country over to Blackwater. He doesn't believe in government in any sense whatsoever. His entire position on energy, healthcare, war, and everything else is absolutely NOTHING.

    There is a difference between Republican ideas of what small, hands off government should be and what Ron Paul stands for. He stands for nothing.

    November 6, 2007 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. Mike Stewart

    CNN is finally given the "go ahead" from their handlers to say something about Ron Paul. LOL. You punks can't ignore him NOW and it's only gonna get harder for you. FACE IT: MOST AMERICANS LOVE RON PAUL AND WILL SUPPORT HIM INTO THE PRESIDENCY AND NOTHING CNN OR ANY OTHER FAKE PROPAGANDA SPEWER CENSORS OR BLACKS OUT CAN CHANGE THAT FACT!!!!

    November 6, 2007 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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