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. Troy, Greeley, CO

    Instead of trying to smear him and make him look bad with this sarcastic story, why don't you just report the fact that Ron Paul is gaining ground. Stop burying him. I know the truth stinks, but the truth is that Ron Paul is a lot more popular than you lead the American people to believe.

    November 5, 2007 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  2. George, IL

    Those spammers out there..... first they flooded the poll, now they flooded the donations!


    Go Ron, and three cheers for all the supporters of freedom and liberty!

    November 5, 2007 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  3. jamie iceman, barrie, on

    Go Ron Go if you don't suceed in the US, come on up to the great white north and run for PM of Canada. We sure could use seomone like yourself. Good luck to you and the revolution.

    November 5, 2007 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    This is the same "candidate" who trashed Memphis and surrounding towns with his crap illegal signs.

    We should have picked up his illegal signs and thrown them on his front porch like he trashed our front porch.

    Maybe the funds can be used to pay the cost of removal of the crap signs and paying fines.

    November 5, 2007 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  5. Matt, Coral Gables, FL

    But I thought everybody said that Ron Paul supporters were just spam bots, not real people!

    We need to get Bush and Cheney out of the White House, restore the Constitution and Habeas Corpus, bring our troops home, close Guantanamo, and end Big Government spending! Please support Ron Paul, and don't listen to the media pundits, who always make sure to throw in a disparaging remark against Dr. Paul.

    Instead, remember this November 11th, (Veterans Day), for which we have another Ron Paul money bomb scheduled!

    November 5, 2007 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  6. Darrin, Charlotte NC

    I'd suggest taking a look at the straw poll result so far this year...Ron Paul is clearly a top-tier candidate despite the effort to marginalize him and his message.

    He has my vote.

    November 5, 2007 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  7. John C. Randolph

    The headline is a bit out of date. The total as of 10:26 PM, Eastern time, is $3.6 million, including the third political contribution I've ever made in my life (the first two were earlier donations to the Ron Paul campaign.)

    Even more importantly, that's from over 15 thousand individual contributors: no PAC money, no union money, no foreign money, no corporate money.

    The country-club faction of the Republican party may not want him for their candidate, but they didn't want Ronald Reagan, either.

    If anyone reading this is wondering where his support is coming from, look him up on YouTube. The man means what he says, and his voting record proves it.


    November 5, 2007 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  8. Lee, Dallas, TX

    I take issue with a couple of comments in this article 1. "the message is not violent"...was there some claim that is was? And if so, why? Who has violent fund raisers???? 2.) Ron Paul "claims it raised..." what would be the point of "claiming" anything? Either he raised the funds or he didn't. Your insinuations are that he is making false claims which, frankly, are ridiculous since the funds can and will be verified at a point in the near future. 3.) "is registering in the low single digits in most polls"...are you seeing the same polls I am? Because from what I've seen he's done considerably better, but those polls (on SEVERAL major news outlet web sites) indicate he's doing much better than "single digits". Though, typically those polls are removed rather quickly when it becomes apparent the outcome is not what is desired. How about a less biased report next time. Afterall, your job is to report the news as it is not as you wish it to be.

    November 5, 2007 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  9. Joe, Detroit MI

    Interesting. This actually says more about CNN than it does Ron Paul. We all know Ron Paul to be the best chance this nation has at restoring its democracy. Most people know that. CNN, however, only pays attention to a candidate when they see enough dollar signs. It's the green light at the end of the dock for CNN.

    November 5, 2007 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  10. Rafael

    This "hit piece" just smacks of bias against the campaign. Constitutionalism is now violent? Is this what the political discourse in our country has sunk to?

    November 5, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  11. Jason Carey St.Petersburg


    November 5, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  12. Van, Santa Cruz CA

    NOW do you believe us?

    Ron Paul for President!

    November 5, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  13. Lorinda Mcbride

    Claimed? WTH? I'll have you know the number now is over 3.4 million and counting! We still have 1 1/2 hrs to go 🙂 and that is in a single day! We are close to 7 million for this quarter.

    November 5, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  14. Melissa, Dallas, TX

    This is so amazing! I am so proud to be a part of this! It's not too late to donate!

    "Let it not be said that we did nothing..."

    November 5, 2007 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  15. Jeff, Detroit, MI

    About time you recognized the next President of the United States of America.

    November 5, 2007 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  16. Dean, Arlington Texas

    TRY $3.8 million in one day!

    November 5, 2007 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  17. W. Gary Johnson, New York, NY

    As of 10:30, Ron Paul is closing in on
    $4 million for the day, with another hour and a half to go.

    November 5, 2007 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  18. Allison, Houston,TX

    CNN wake up! He didn't claim anything, he did it!!!

    Ron Paul 2008! I want my county back! No more Neo-cons!

    November 5, 2007 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  19. toby, san diego CA

    a lot more than 2.7mill LOl

    November 5, 2007 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    CNN are you censoring the Internet?

    November 5, 2007 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  21. Jennifer Senn Oklahoma City, OK

    Ron Paul has raised an enormous amount of money in one day. Please be fair-and report it as you do other candidates. This is only right.

    November 5, 2007 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  22. Alexander Kennedy Gilbert,AZ

    Go ron paul!

    November 5, 2007 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  23. Dustin OKC, OK

    All those Ronbots, Ronulans, and Ronbats must be real. I guess I'll have to stop living in the delusional bubble world that mainstream media makes for me.

    November 5, 2007 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  24. Gloria, Greenville, Illinois

    I noticed that the article below this one says a whopping 300 Republicans switched sides to vote for Obama. Guess what? Thousands of Democrats have crossed sides to vote for Ron Paul, and thousands of Republicans who may have jumped ship otherwise are staying to vote for RP. Where's the fair coverage of the truly interesting stories? 300 people voting for Obama=slow news night and ignoring Ron Paul.

    November 5, 2007 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  25. Daniel, Ronan MT

    You know this is a funny thing to say about Ron Paul, I did't see a single thing in his official campain website about any "anniversary". I donated money just because I got paid today and I really support his cause!

    November 5, 2007 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
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