(CNN)-2012 GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul raked in almost $3 million in small donations over the last five days during his latest fundraising push.
The twelve-term congressman launched his "Black This Out" moneybomb following the CNN Western Republican Debate in Las Vegas. Claiming he did not speak for 40 minutes during the debate, Paul turned his gripe into a grab for funds by blasting supporters with a request to donate from October 19th to Monday at noon.
CNN debate host Anderson Cooper disputed Paul's claim, noting that his lapse in speaking didn't surpass 20 minutes, including a three minute commercial break.
"Candidates are welcome to whatever views they may have on the issues or opponents and the media, but facts are facts, and in this case, the Paul campaign is simply wrong on the facts," he said on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, two days after the debate.
"There's no gap longer than 19 minutes and 16 seconds, and it's certainly nothing like the 40-minute gap that Congressman Paul claims in his fundraising letter," Cooper said. "It just didn't happen."
Rep. Paul brought in $2.75 million for his third presidential campaign during the moneybomb, named for the "blackout" he complained of following the debate. Paul has made two previous runs for the White House–in 2008 as a Republican, and in 1988 as the Libertarian candidate.
The Paul campaign touted donations from all 50 states, U.S. territories, and U.S. military installations that numbered 44,527.
And his latest moneybomb brought in almost one-third of the campaign's entire third quarter haul of $8.27 million.
- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.
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