December 28th, 2007
12:45 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain sees boost in Internet fundraising

WASHINGTON (CNN) - He's no Ron Paul, but John McCain is benefiting from a mini-surge in Internet fundraising of late.

A campaign source familiar with the numbers say the McCain campaign raised "just under" $1 million in Internet contributions over the past two weeks.

Hardly a match for the eye-popping Internet fund-raisers organized by the Paul campaign. But it is nonetheless a development helping morale in the McCain camp - after a dismal summer slide in the polls and fundraising, a recent up tick, especially in New Hampshire is, as the source put it, "helping the bottom line at a time every dollar counts."

- CNN's John King and Ed Henry

Filed under: John McCain • New Hampshire
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Robert E.

    << Hardly a match for the eye-popping Internet fund-raisers organized by the Paul campaign. >>

    The Ron Paul Campaign had nothing to do with those Money Bombs. They were independently organized by grassroots supporters.

    How many more times does this have to be explained?

    December 28, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. Derek

    The internet fund-raisers are not organized by the Paul campaign, they are organized by the Paul supporters. Huckabee's supporters have tried as well...they managed $95,000 the other day....only $6,000,000 to go and they would be in Ron Paul territory.

    December 28, 2007 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. Rick Michael

    Yes, those who believe that McCain was the wrong candidate in 2000 now seem to think that McCain will be a better choice than the other so called front runners. 1 million in 2 weeks is great but I still have concerns about the coverage that candidate Paul is getting. Every time that I have seen him, prior to the Bhutto assassination, questions are posed to him about the Civil War or what his opinion is on holiday ads from the candidates. It seems that CNN is about as 'fair and balanced' as FOX. It makes me sick that the main stream media cannot find a way to bring the issues to the people in a clear cut manner. Sad really, CNN was once where went for much of my news.

    RH Michael
    US History teacher

    December 28, 2007 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. Rick Michael

    Mr King or Mr Henry, I would be very interested to know your thoughts on the race. I would also like to know your opinion on the "spam free" aol straw poll online. Paul is out in front in a great majority of the states and yet the phone line polls are the ones that get the media attention.

    RH Michael

    December 28, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Amanda, Clinton, MD

    I appreciate McCain's service to our nation, but he is not an agent for changing a system HE HAS BEEN A PART OF FOR SO MANY YEARS!

    Romney will bring change, efficiency and respect to the oval office!

    December 28, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. Sheila Wheeler

    I like John McCain because he comes across as direct as possible; has a great deal of world affairs knowledge; tells it like it is whether or not it's popular, and has been in politics for a long time............he's definitely got enough experience to run this country and the know how to protect us militarily.

    December 28, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. Mr. X

    Also, without being able to see the data in real time, the numbers are suspect and could have been exaggerated, the same way that McCain's Q3 numbers had to be revised down from the leaked figure.

    December 28, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. JeffnDallas

    I think your first line sums it up for most of us, "He's no Ron Paul!"

    Sorry Senator McCain, but you've had your day in the sun, and it obviously affected your mental faculties. We need someone who understands the FIRST priority is our own borders, not those of other nations; someone who understands that whatever wars (Constitutional or un-Constitutional) should be declared by Congress and paid for by Americans, NOT other countries (as we borrow $3 BILLION a day from China to fund our current overseas aggressions); someone who understands that freedom AT HOME is more important to Americans than freedoms abroad that should be fought for by their own people; someone who understands that it is just as illegal and immoral for the government to print money out of thin air as it is for citizens to do so; someone that understands that the true Patriot is one who "acts" and therefore does not need a "Patriot Act."

    Move aside, sir, and let the other Veteran in the race who speaks for "We The People" now have his chance.

    December 28, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. Ryan

    Ron Paul's supporters independently raised 10 million dollars without any connection to the official campaign.

    Watch us in IOWA & NH.

    Pro-War Neo-Cons have 5 candidates, the true conservatives have just 1.

    December 28, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. Jackson Maxim

    Unlike the Huckabee, Thompson, and McCain fundraisers, the official campaign had nothing to do whatsoever with Ron Paul's haul. All the others endorsed and promoted their supposed 'grassroots' fundraising efforts.

    December 28, 2007 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. Rick Michael

    I don't understand why my earlier comment is awaiting moderation still. Is this some form of censorship? I did not use foul language. I did however compare CNN to FOX, is that why my comment is being held up for 'moderation'? CNN the "most trusted name in news" is wearing a little bit of the glossy shine off of its reputation. People are starting to realze that they can't just wait for the news to be filtered through CNN, they must go get the truth themselves. If it were any other way, I believe, CNN would have been able to discuss openly and clearly the issues and principles of the various candidates.

    On a side note, why isn't anyone talking about the fact that Mrs. Clinton has still not addressed the economic situation in America and what she plans to do about it? People, educated people and those who want to know the truth, are starting to talk and starting to awaken from a long and damaging slumber.

    December 28, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. Andy

    Paul wins the most straw polls,raises the most money, wins every post debate poll, and is winning by anstronomical amount in AOL's scientific straw poll; have you guys ever considered troubleshooting your obviously flawed polls that have the Dr. in single digits? Or is there an organized effort to down play Pauls true popularity?

    December 28, 2007 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. Louis Nardozi

    And how much of that million was from his corporate masters? What was the average contribution? How many people donated? He got that million by selling us down the river, I'd be willing to bet. Being sold out is bad enough, but he didn't even get a good price for us!

    December 28, 2007 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. MJ Seymour,CT

    Ron Paul's contributors are attempting to buy back the Constitution that is why he will have raised over $20 million for just the 4th quarter alone. Many of us Paul supporters view our donations more as an investment. McCain and Huckabee and whoever else try to imitate Ron Paul's internet fundraising but they lack the source of inspiration and/or value for most average Americans to spare one hard earned dollar towards.

    December 28, 2007 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  15. Tim, Minnesota

    McCain needs to bring up his immigration gaffs. Otherwise he's done

    December 28, 2007 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  16. Jim

    The independents in NH will knock either McCain or Paul out of the race, depending on which one they choose on the Republican side. Both have a 7-8 percent base, plus any independent support. If McCain gets their votes he stays in. If Paul gets them, he stays in. For what it's worth and to help those folks decide, in a debate John McCain said "we came to change Washington and it changed us." None of the other candidates disagreed, except Ron Paul, who said "It didn't change me!" McCain also once called Ron Paul the most honest man in congress, long before he blamed him for Hitler.

    December 28, 2007 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. James, Alexandria

    McCain raises in 2 weeks what Ron Paul raised in a couple hours and he gets an article about it??? Sorry CNN but your amnesty candidate is finished, how about giving Ron Paul some attention along with the real issues this couutry faces?

    December 28, 2007 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  18. Jose Card - Independent

    Senator McCain will collect more online donations as people realize that he is the one with conviction, character and integrity. I can trust him with our country. He needs no on-the-job training from Day One. He will be the president who sent his son in harm's way in Iraq. I believe he will remember the will of the American people on illegal immigration.

    December 28, 2007 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  19. Christopher Thurow Sr

    If McCain will run the country the way he has run his campaign.....we're in for big trouble ......if he wins.......not to worry....he won't.

    Ron Paul 2008

    December 28, 2007 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  20. Joseph H, Warner Robins, GA

    McCain's campaign is learning what the other campaigns are....Ron Paul's grassroots activism is leading the charge without direction from his campaign and we are in it for the long haul.
    There will be more December 16 fundraising days, just wait and watch.
    Better yet, get involved and make history with us.
    RON PAUL 2008.

    December 28, 2007 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  21. Brian C.

    The Ron Paul campaign didn't organize the fund-raising efforts. Your own journalists recognized as much when first reporting on the "money bombs".

    Yellow journalism is making a comeback. Again.

    December 29, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |