Ron Paul 3Q results on front page of Druge Report

October 3, 2007

The story links to Real Clear Politics, but it was linked on the front page of  DrudgeReport.com.  Finally, Drudge gets it!

Exclusive: Paul Tops $5 Mil For Quarter

Texas Congressman Ron Paul, an anti-war libertarian making his second run at the White House, will report having raised $5.08 million in the third quarter. The number, which rivals those of John McCain and Bill Richardson, was boosted thanks to last-minute online fundraising that brought in more than $1.2 million in the last week of the quarter alone.

Paul has drawn himself in sharp contrast with the rest of the field, often engaging in loud exchanges with fellow candidates over his vehement opposition to the war in Iraq. His campaign has been marked by frugal spending and a surprisingly strong online fan base; he routinely wins online straw polls after debates.

This is the second quarter in a row Paul has shown fundraising strength. Last quarter he reported having more cash on hand than McCain, a sidebar that contributed to stories of McCain’s collapse.

Whether Paul will be a major factor in the GOP nominating contests remains to be seen, but his money totals – it is likely he will have outraised several second-tier Republicans and Democrats combined – mean he will be in for the long haul. Paul’s campaign announced they will begin running television spots earlier this week.


Ron Paul Campaign Raises Over $5,000,000 In Third Quarter

October 3, 2007

Paul Campaign Raises Over $5,000,000 In Third Quarter

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – The Ron Paul 2008 presidential campaign raised $5,080,000 during the third quarter of 2007. That is an impressive 114 percent increase from the second quarter.

Cash on hand for the Paul campaign is $5,300,000.

“Dr. Paul’s message is freedom, peace and prosperity,” said Paul campaign chairman Kent Snyder. “As these fundraising numbers show, more Americans each day are embracing Dr. Paul’s message.”

Ron Paul’s 114 percent increase is in stark contrast to the decrease suffered by Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, and John McCain. Romney’s fundraising was down 29 percent. Giuliani was down 40 percent. McCain was down 55 percent.


Ron Paul campaign throws down the gauntlet for 4Q fundraising!

October 2, 2007

Well, now the Ron Paul campaign has really done it.  They’ve challenged all supporters to help raise $12 million by Dec. 31st, the end of the 4th quarter.  They’re basically saying “ok, you helped raise $1 million in the last week of the 3rd quarter, now help us raise $1 million EVERY week of the 4th!”  Can you imagine what the media, the naysayers, and the other campaigns must be thinking?  If they imagine that it’s pure hubris, they have another thing coming.  We can do this, just like we met and exceeded the last two fundraising challenges set by the campaign. 

Go, Ron Paul!


Ron Paul’s son Rand commented about 3Q fundraising on David Allen show

October 2, 2007

I listened live and here are some exact quotes from Rand Paul about 3Q fundraising:
“I think we will have raised more than all of the other 2nd tier candidates combined, and I think that makes us a 1st tier”

“we may have more money on hand than Romney if you discount what he’s given to his own campaign”

“last time we had more cash on hand than McCain, and I think we’ll have more cash on hand than McCain again this time”


Paul ‘Revolution’ rally draws 800

October 1, 2007

Paul ‘Revolution’ rally draws 800

Posted: Monday, October 01, 2007 12:06 PM by Domenico Montanaro

From NBC/NJ’s Mike Memoli
Even a half hour after Ron Paul‘s “Revolution” rally ended in downtown Manchester, there was a crowd larger than other candidates could only hope to draw. The campaign estimated that as many as 800 people showed up as the Texas congressman kicked off a canvassing effort in New Hampshire’s three largest cities.

The campaign gave out buttons asking: “Who is Ron Paul?” But who are Ron Paul’s supporters? “I think they’re new to the process,” said Paul’s son, Rand Paul. “We definitely have Democrats that are crossing over, Libertarians crossing over, Independents crossing over. And I think the people that come out are definitely gonna vote.”

Rand Paul said that every day he’s surprised at “how big” his father’s campaign has gotten. Last week, they asked supporters to raise $500,000. “They passed that in three days, and now we’re asking them to raise a million,” Rand Paul said. By Sunday, they had done just that. And Rand Paul said his father might end the third fundraising quarter with more cash on hand than most of the other Republicans. “We may have more money on hand than Romney if you subtract what he’s given himself,” he said.

Paul rejected a comparison to Howard Dean‘s Internet fueled 2004 campaign, which fizzled by the time votes were actually cast. “My dad has been going around the country for 30 years, and has a following,” Paul said. “It’s definitely a committed core. Howard Dean didn’t have that cohesive message and a philosophy.” What Dean and Paul have in common is their anti-war message. And Paul said his father’s stance makes him the Republican with “the best chance of getting independent voters over.”


Ron Paul’s Excess Campaign Donations Pay National Debt Shortfall

October 1, 2007

Ron Paul’s Excess Campaign Donations Pay National Debt Shortfall

Written by Helena Handbasket

Story written: 01 October 2007


30 Sep 07, CLUTE, TX, USNA– Ron Paul’s presidential campaign announces its volunteers have begun paying the national debt shortfall of the United States of North America on an ongoing basis. Campaign director Jesse Benton describes the effort as “just another grassroots idea that had legs and took off running”.

Last Monday, Paul’s campaign made a typical appeal for additional donations to end the third quarter of 2007 in excellent fundraising condition. A relatively standard fundraiser “thermometer”, web-enhanced with bells and whistles, graced their homepage. The widget code for this applet was quickly replicated by early viral bloggers, some of whom decided to place it in juxtaposition with the “National Debt Clock” applet that measures the rate at which the federal debt of $9 trillion is accumulated.

Within 24 hours, at least 100 bloggers had been inspired to copy this fortuitous combination. (Advertising policies at The Spoof forbid us from linking any of them.) Apparently there is intense interest in comparing the rate at which Paul’s supporters move fiat money voluntarily out of their pockets, and the rate at which the government moves money by fiat out of Paul’s supporters’ pockets.

Before the fundraising deadline, the campaign suddenly found itself in a vicious cycle of reaching the challenged donation amount, raising the challenge, and reaching the challenged amount again, observed Benton. Meanwhile the idea bubbled up among the volunteers– The Spoof was unable to determine who originated it– of synchronizing the two clocks.

It took only a few more days of appeals to Paul’s forty thousand unofficial meetup groups before the two funds reached parity yesterday at 10:32 p.m. EDT; they have remained comfortably synchronized. The most successful contribution method was for volunteers to schedule ongoing regular direct-draft pledge deductions from their payroll checks– coincidentally, the same method the federal government uses to obtain its own “contributions”. The Paul campaign continues to receive donations from supporters worldwide at a stable rate of about $1 billion per day.

Paul said via blog that he was “floored and sky-high” about the free-market solution to the debt problem, praising it as an exciting workaround to the Federal Reserve’s monopoly stranglehold. He assured his hundreds of millions of supporters that any excess above campaign costs would be promptly directed to pay down the deficit– as long as the trend continues, and as soon as they can figure out how to do it under Federal Election Commission regulations.

Incidentally, the Federal Election Commission had no comment, but a brief which appeared under “Recent Regulatory Activity” on their website may be responsive to Paul’s unique situation. Last night via this link the FEC promulgated regulations creating an “improper format” fine on election reports that show receipts in excess of the permitted numeric character count of eleven digits (including pence). The fine is $1 billion for each offending billion.

Other candidates belittled Paul’s success. Rudy Rompson claims to have had his “best fundraising night ever” this weekend after Paul supporters threw him into Lake Huron. Rompson’s third-quarter receipts are still expected to trail behind Paul’s.

Candidate and trance-channeler Johnny R. “John” Edward accused Paul’s donors of being spammers who have created hundreds of false identities, bank accounts, and home addresses per person, merely to escape the $2,300 individual-donation cap. He also ridiculed the donors’ supply-side solution as wholly ineffective, because it merely maintains deficit parity without touching the underlying national debt liability.

President-Elect Clinton shrugged, “Who is Ron Paul?” However, Clinton is also expected to report less than $1 billion in third-quarter receipts, being a paragon of FEC compliance. Clinton was recently required to deduct from her campaign receipts the sum of $850,000, disallowed by the FEC after she disclosed that, while trying to find out why her foot was hurting, she discovered the amount of cash in her left Hsu.

Campaign fundraising director Jon Bydlak also had no comment, but Benton assured The Spoof that Bydlak was unexpectedly busy with menial fundraising tasks, like bullion shipment insurance, international settlement reconciliation, and creation of Caymans shell corporations. Bydlak had also applied for permission to be designated as a new Federal Reserve system bank, but was turned down yesterday, so, Benton speculated, he may need to buy the Fed instead.

[this story is satire, in case you couldn’t tell]


Wired blogger Sarah Lai Stirland reports on Ron Paul 3Q fundraising

September 30, 2007

“Internet Candidate,” Fund Raising Outpaces Better-Known Rivals in last-minute 3Q Dash


By Sarah Lai Stirland September 30, 2007 6:42:13 PM

Ron Paul, the Republican congressman from Texas, has raised more than a million dollars this week from his supporters, much of that through the Internet.

Fund raising is a key barometer by which the political world measures a candidate’s campaign success. Up until now, Paul has been noted as a long-shot candidate because of his low polling numbers.

Paul’s campaign had originally set itself a goal of raising $500,000 by the end of the third quarter, which is midnight this Sunday, September 30th. It had quickly approached that number by late in this week — the campaign broke the $1 million mark by Saturday evening. Paul’s million dollar week exceeds the cash that rival Republican candidate Mike Huckabee., Arkansas’ former governor, was able to raise in the first and second quarters respectively.

Meanwhile, John Edwards’ senior campaign advisor Joe Trippi sent out a note to supporters Sunday evening asking them to top up their pledges to reach the $1 million online fund-raising goal that the campaign had set 10 days ago. The e-mail said that the Edwards campaign had, at the time the note was sent out, almost reached the goal. It had raised almost $921,000 online.

In the meantime, Republican contender and former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson’s campaign reported that it had raised a total of $8 million for the third quarter. Both Illinois and New York Democratic senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are expected to report raising about $20 million each for the entire third quarter, according to Bloomberg News.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who announced Saturday evening that he wouldn’t run for president, pointed to Obama’s campaign during his announcement on Fox News, and said that Republicans need to wise up.

“They have to find a way to appeal through the Internet and other devices to millions and millions of Americans, and get out of the tired old fund raising cycle,” he said.

“You look at what Barack Obama has done, I believe this quarter, he will actually have more donors than all of the Republicans combined.

As someone who believes in looking honestly at this process, there’s a lesson there that every Republican should think about very deeply.”