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. Jeremiah, Arlington, VA

    It's now over 3.5 million. A new record for one day online donations! And the average donation is just over $100. This is true grass roots support. Once this money is used to educated people on his message (it's certainly not being done by the mainstream media), his poll numbers will go way up. With this kind of financial support after all the misinformation from the media, imagine what the support will be like when his message gets out.

    November 5, 2007 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  2. Haley Nelson, Hendricks, MN

    The grassroots effort is paying off! Go Ron Paul!

    November 5, 2007 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  3. Jerard Smith, Bridgewater NJ

    Claims.. just like CNN "claims" to be a fair and balanced media outlet

    November 5, 2007 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  4. Srik Pathapati

    Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate who speaks sense! I guess that's why people are surprised he's raising money...

    November 5, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  5. Ben Marshall, Wilder, V.T

    Single digits among polls given to registered republicans, whom have a listed home phone number... and mostly only of 300-400 people nation wide, and hardly even asked a question about Ron Paul... I wish these people would open there eyes, and take a drive around the roads of New Hampshire, and Vermont, where Ron Paul signs and supports around found in much bigger numbers than ANY other runner up on either side... And at this time, Ron Paul has shut out Mitt Romneys record of 3.1 million raised in 1 day (January 8th 2007)... BAM... Something even CNN cannot ignore, as hard as they might...Instead they'd rather shove Hilary and Mitt down your throat

    November 5, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  6. Shane, Kansas City

    Making a Bold statement, glad to see that people still can stand up for what they believe in. Maybe Ron Paul followers aren't just a bunch of tin foil wearing nerds after all!

    November 5, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  7. Michael Pelletier; Merrimack, NH

    Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators tried to overthrow the English monarchy because of its systematic repression.

    Here in America 171 years later, we actually succeeded in overthrowing the English monarchy, in a sense, at a cost of tens of thousands of lives.

    November 5, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  8. K. Prince, Racine, WI

    Wow...way to dig up the meanest looking Ron Paul picture possible.

    November 5, 2007 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  9. Wesley, West Lafayette, Indiana

    Wow, $2.7 million? That's quite a bit of money! Why doesn't CNN talk about him more if he's this popular?

    November 5, 2007 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  10. Linda Artl buffalo grove il

    Ron Paul is more popular than the corporate owned media is reporting. He has hugh grassroots support but is mostly ignored by the media who seem to have decided for the citizens who the front runners are.
    Perhaps the citizens should decide who the frontrunners are and the media simply report that.

    November 5, 2007 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  11. Dan, L-town, KS

    "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."

    Nice spin. By the way, donations are almost up to $4million

    November 5, 2007 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  12. Jason Bolgos, Bennington VT

    What is the news here? Ron Paul just DOUBLED his 4th quarter fundraising in the past 22 hours ($3.1 million to over $6.5 million)and has already raised more than he did in the entire last quarter. Instead this little fact is buried in the third paragraph. You might also note that Ron is the only candidate who has his current fundraising totals posted on his website – no need to wait until January to confirm, unlike our current administration Dr. Paul works in the light, not the shadows.

    November 5, 2007 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  13. Andrew, NJ

    Just goes to show that a people's candidate can still raise decent money to compete with the candidates who get corporate backing

    November 5, 2007 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  14. Anna, Rochester, MN

    While I understand CNN's issue that the numbers are not 'facts' until independently verified, CNN would have done more to report this, and would have put this information in a favorable light, had a front runner gotten these numbers. Ron Paul has raise more money than any other Republican candidate and still gets pushed aside in favor of people like Fred Thompson – a candidate with no money and who only has name recognition. I voted Democrat the last two elections – if Ron Paul gets the nomination I would switch parties. I'm fed up with red state/blue state. These are the kinds of people Ron Paul brings to the table. We are fed up with far-left and far-right dominating politics. We need a centered candidate.

    November 5, 2007 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  15. John Howard, Toledo, OH

    It's just after 10pm, Nov 5th, and the contributions for this historic day are over 3.5 million. Thank you CNN for actually giving this story some coverage. The fact that Paul is the only candidate serious about getting back to a government based specifically on our nation's constitution is pretty scary!

    November 5, 2007 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  16. Joel Rigby

    This is amazing. With this much money raised in 1 day, for Q4 2007 Ron Paul will be ahead of Q3 2007 where he raised $5M. WOW. Now a lot of people are going to take notice. By the way, I am curious where CNN sourced the "Paul, who is registering in the low single digits in most polls" statement. I am not sure if I saw those low single digit numbers in the Republican debates on Fox news, MSNBC etc.

    November 5, 2007 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  17. Robert, Shelton, CT

    Thats becasue people are sick of the negative pandoring and fear politics that have corrupted Washington. He represents a new ideology at the very least.

    November 5, 2007 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  18. Adam Harris, Berkeley, CA

    I'm just wondering why I had to cruise around the CNN website for a half hour looking for this blog post. I think a story like this is a lot more important than knowing if Christina Aguilera is pregnant of if Shia LaBeouf was caught drunk some where. Seriously...where are CNN's priorities?

    November 5, 2007 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  19. Joe in L.A.

    The polls that are cited by the main stream media are flawed. They keep touting these obsolete polls as if they reflect reality. They are skewed to say the least. Most don't even include Ron Paul and are only taken by landlines phone numbers of past Republican voters.

    Ron Paul has won most of the real world Straw Polls across the country and by a landslide margin of victory I might add. He is really in first place but the MSM is purposely ignoring that fact. Why is that?

    These Straw Polls stats are from, you can check the margin of victory on his site. None of the other candidates even list the Straw poll results... I wonder why.

    Ron Paul's Head-to-Head Records (Win-Lose-Tie):
    Ron Paul v. Rudy Giuliani 33-5-0
    Ron Paul v. Mitt Romney 25-13-0
    Ron Paul v. Fred Thompson 23-14-0
    Ron Paul v. John McCain 34-3-0
    Ron Paul v. Mike Huckabee 31-5-1
    Ron Paul v. Sam Brownback 34-2-1
    Ron Paul v. Tom Tancredo 35-1-0
    Ron Paul v. Duncan Hunter 34-2-0

    November 5, 2007 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  20. Ian, Eastham MA

    >Paul, who is registering in the low single digits in most polls

    Can't mention Ron Paul without sighting polls that don't even list him as an option. Love it! Let's see some real polls:

    Oh, he also won every post debate text message poll where the viewers were NOT allowed to vote more than once.

    November 5, 2007 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  21. Shayne Huffman, El Paso, TX

    I really doubt Ron Paul would "claim" to have raised this amount and risk losing credibility over such a lie. Instead of printing a story speculating if he really has raised the amount claimed, CNN should report why no other candidate has received so much individual support from common Americans, and why a grass roots initiative like this is not being done for any other candidate. By the way as of 10:16 ET he is over 3.5 million.

    November 5, 2007 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  22. Charles, Silver Spring, MD

    The amount raised at the moment I am writing this is $4 million for today, my contribution to that number was $100.

    November 5, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  23. DINK, Tucson AZ

    ABCNews posted the updated amount to be north of 3.5 million.

    November 5, 2007 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  24. Ed, Longmont, Colorado

    I would certainly hope that a new story will be forthcoming about the now-record-setting efforts of the Ron Paul campaign and supporters. I have found CNN to be rather meager in its coverage of a Ron Paul campaign that is generating so much intrigue and interest.

    His camapaign contributions on this day would appear to dismiss the polls which show his support lagging somewhere nationally at 5%. Bottom line is: Single digit candifates don't generate this volmue of support from average citizens.

    Perhaps some journalistic integrity can be regained here by CNN with a little more coverage of Ron Paul. If a grassroots effort can generate this much support in one day, I would say that you have a major candidate on your hands to cover...

    November 5, 2007 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  25. Matt Garrison

    Ron Paul will win the nomination. Why? He is the only conservative running. Romney, Giuliani, and McCain are just liberals competing over who can be more supportive of the war and the relinquishing of our fundamental rights in the name of safety. Ron Paul is the only pro-life, pro-2nd amendment Republican front-runner. Ron Paul will be remembered as the greatest president in history. Join the Revolution and save the Constitution! RUN RON RUN! LIBERTY OR DEATH!

    November 5, 2007 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
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