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June 9, 2007

A Ron Paul Money Surge ?

by Doug Mataconis

Both Radley Balko and Andrew Sullivan are blogging about this report from Free Market News Network about an apparent up-tick in contributions to Ron Paul’s Presidential campaign:

Congressman Ron Paul’s donations have moved up – not by hundreds of thousands – but by millions as a result of his debate performances and groundswell of support on the Internet and in New Hampshire, observers close to the campaign say.

The move is especially impressive since as of March 31, 2007, he had perhaps $500,000 on hand (see candidate estimates below).

FMNN had previously reported – after the GOP presidential debate in South Carolina – that candidate Ron Paul’s (R-Tex) donations, large and small, had nearly doubled.

(…)

Now observers close to the campaign are revealing – with some astonishment – that donations to the campaign in recent weeks have pushed the total up to perhaps $4 or $5 million. “That’s a huge number at this stage,” says one observer. “That starts to put him in a position where he can compete – state by state, anyway – with the major candidates.”

If true, this could be an interesting development. And there’s no confirmation that this is what is actually happening.

Nonetheless, as Andrew points out, if it is true, it means that Ron Paul would be a player in the Presidential race for longer than anyone, including myself, thought. And, at the very least, it would mean that there would be someone in the Republican Party talking about individual liberty and limited government.

And that, quite frankly, can only be a good thing.

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  • http://ron-paul-2008.blogspot.com WillyPete

    Doug,

    I found this piece the other day which indicates $5 million may be a bit high.

    http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/2007/06/06/news/news9.txt

    Excerpt—- His father has only raised about $1.5 million – practically all through small donations, averaging about $50 – which is less than a tenth of what better-known candidates have on hand, but in a state as small as New Hampshire, that might be enough to pull off a strong showing and generate momentum for future state primaries, Rand Paul said.

  • MDforLibertarian

    1.5 Million is based on his numbers from previous months. Remember that the 5 Million dollar surge has not been made official yet, but most sources say that it is definately above the 3 Million dollar point. While I can’t prove this, the numbers definately WILL be made official some time later this month.

    If indeed the growth is hitting this mark soon, then at least Mccain will within striking distance seeing as how his current funds stand at 5.2 Million.

  • Chris in NJ

    If I remember correctly, FMNN first broke the story when the Michigan GOP chair backed down, while it was still in the “rumor” stage. I don’t think they’d print it if their sources weren’t pretty good.

  • http://paul4prez.blogspot.com Doug D

    I hope their sources are good — I would hate to see a strong fundraising quarter look like a disappointment because the rumors were too optimistic.

    That being said, I think Ron Paul will stay in the race all the way. He has a sizable natural constituency (the 25% of Republicans who are anti-war, and the 20% of Republicans who are libertarian-leaning), and a message to get out (about the dangers of our current interventionist foreign policy and government overspending.)

    Ron Paul was never the fringe candidate he was made out to be — the real fringe candidates are guys like Jim Gilmore, Duncan Hunter, Tommy Thompson, and Sam Brownback, who have no real chance to move up, and aren’t saying anything that the other 9 or 10 Republican candidates aren’t already saying. I would expect all of them to drop out, but not Paul. (I don’t think Tom Tancredo has much of a chance either, but he is running mostly to highlight the immigration issue.)

  • Ted

    I never thought I would see it happen. Have not, yet, actually. But I admit, i think it would be great.

    I did not think Ron would have a chance in hell, despite the fact that I will be voting for him.

    He’s not perfect, but he’s the best one up there if you ask me.

  • Neal

    i am a democrat, but i will absolutely vote for ron paul if he makes it to the general

  • Will

    Even though I was impressed with his logic and point of view in the SC debate, I just really learned about Paul in the last week, and I’ve already donated $250 to the campaign. I also consider myself to be a Democrat leaning independent, and figured I would not be voting for a Republican for president ever again. Anecdotal as this may be, I suspect my case is not unique.

    This is indeed a revolution.

  • http://www.kaligulawired.com Kaligula

    Ron Paul is demonstrating that libertarian ideals are far from dead in America. I would estimate that there is still around 25% of the GOP that could classified as libertarian. If you go to DailyKos.com, I would say there could be 25% of the democratic base open to positive liberty libertarianism(Kos himself made the declaration of the libertarian democrat). You take independents, who are mostly fiscaly conservative and socially moderate. That’s all of a sudden a potential powerful political constituency.

    I tired of partisan politics. I’m open to a political synthesis of classical liberalism(negative liberty libertarianism) with a more positive liberty libertarianism to attract democrats and independents into a viable coalition.

  • Doug_W

    I sent money to Ron Paul. It’s the first time in my 47 years that I’ve ever sent money to a presidential candidate because Dr. Paul is the only candidate I have ever seen whom I consider to be fit for public office.

  • Andy

    I made myself a promise I would never vote for any Republican again. Not only am I going to break my promise, I have sent Dr. Paul $2,000, bought a Ron Paul T-shirt and bumper sticker. I am also planning on attending some Paul rallies in my local area.

    Why can’t he rum as a Democrat? I wouldn’t have to break my promise!

  • Proud American

    Sent money. Went to the first meetup. Yesterday, we had our first sign waving.
    I can not wait until the 2nd Q’s numbers are out. Congressman Ron Paul will be the NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!

  • David

    Neal “i am a democrat, but i will absolutely vote for ron paul if he makes it to the general”

    Why not register republican and vote for Paul in the primaries? There isn’t too much of a difference between Obama and Hillary, but by voting Republican in the primaries you can try to keep one of the warmongering Republicans out of the general election. Please consider registering Republican and voting in the primaries. If there is no GOP candidate that you like next election then just register back as a Democrat.

  • Tim

    I’m also one of those folks who’s never given any money to any politician, & I’m 41 years old. Ron got some money though. & he’s going to be getting more coming up real soon.

    Washington DC, welcome to the second American Revolution. Our George Washington is named Ron Paul, & we, the people, want our country back. We want it back peacefully, but we want it back NOW!

  • Robert Crain

    This man Ron Paul puts the others to shame. He will most definately have my vote this year.

  • Danny

    As a 23 year old completely disgusted with our government system…I have become a huge Dr. Paul supporter. I do not have the funds, but I have donated what I could. I am also a part of the Orlando meetup group and we have a very nice following of people that want to support Dr. Paul any way we can.

    I voted for what I thought to be the lesser of two evils in the last election….I won’t ever make that mistake again.

  • http://www.hghtherapy.biz Jeffrey Henderson

    Seeing as I own my own business, http://www.cigarrollers.biz, I’ll be contributing 5% of every sale to the Ron Paul campaign.

  • MCG

    I just donated $2,300 (maximum allowed) to Ron Paul. Damn did it feel good! I’m 34, $2,300 is a lot of money to me, and I’ve never donated to a political campaign before. I didn’t even bother voting in 2004.

    I think people are going to be shocked at how much money Paul is raising from people like me.

  • Davy C Rockett

    Im a Christian Conservative and will be voting for Ron Paul in the primaries. I will also write in his name during the general election even if he doesn’t get the nomination of the Party.
    My whole family, immediate, cousins, aunts, uncles, all plan to do the same as well.

    If Ron Paul doesn’t win it will be pretty fishy since almost everyone I know likes him better than all candidates on both sides of the aisle.

    Ron Paul is right, people are yearning for his message of limited government and freedom to become a reality again in the US.
    For the ones that don’t support him, they’re just not paying attention it seems to whats really going on in the halls of Congress and the WhiteHouse these days or they simple believe the lies the mainstream media is telling them.

  • Willis

    I am not a libertarian, yet I love Ron Paul.

    I am donating $25 a pay period, yet I wish I could do that $2300.

    “Freedom is a road seldom travelled by the multitude.” – Frederick Douglass

  • http://freshcutsalads.com Chad

    THANKS for the encouraging posts guys. I’m a 22-year-old father of two kids, and I’ve already donated $300 which is a LOT for me. I figure baby and my two-year-old would rather see that money go out the door now than grow up to inherit their share of 60 trillion dollars in tax liabilities.

    I’m really glad to see all the Democrats supporting Ron Paul. I’ve been trying to convince my D in-laws that he’s the only real anti-war candidate. But they still like slick ol’Bama.

    Thanks again for all the positive comments!

  • http://autism-prevention.blogspot.com/ Les

    I will be changing parties to Republican to vote in the primary here. I’ve admired Ron Paul for years for his anti war stance in Congress and I think he is so intelligent and can be non-partisan. He works closely with Kucinich and other democrats against the war. I think he would make a wonderful President. I wish him safe and well.

  • jason

    Any non-republicans that want ron paul to be in the general election, get out and register yourself as a republican and vote for him in the primary so he can win the nomination.

  • james

    I am a libertarian that is 95% in full support of Ron Paul’s ideas but I will vote for him no matter what party he runs under. I hope we get him bak in the LP we have the ballot access for him to win as a Libertarian. If you like Ron Paul check out lp.org

  • Robert

    Ron Paul is the first presidential candidate I’ve donated to since I turned voting age 20 years ago, and will send monthly donations as long as he stays in the race.

    Also registering as Republican to vote for Dr. Paul in the primaries. Best of luck to us and the good ole USA.

  • John

    I’m a graduate student, not much money. But like you all, I managed to pony up 50 bucks and will keep sending in small amounts ad funds become available. This is really great! Momentum is gaining and we must keep it up!!!

  • Huntsville, AL

    First time political donor here. His message is the first I’ve heard that has warranted a donation. I will continue my financial support throughout the campaign.

  • Tim

    Keep the Revolution rolling everyone.

    Just posted up on Lew Rockwell:

    Ron finishes SECOND (well behind Morman Romney) in straw poll of actual Utah Republican delegates by written vote:

    http://utahronpaul.blogspot.com/2007/06/south-towne-expo-phenomenal-success.html

  • Russ M.

    NO ego!

    That is what I most admire about Ron Paul.

    He is not in the Race for the power, the glory or the prestige: he simply wants to save our Republic while there is still time.

  • uhm

    Haha, well behind is an understatement but at least he beat Giuliani, McCain, Fred Thompson, and Newt Gingrich.

    http://home.utgop.org/page.php?page_id=4

  • George Whitfield

    I sent $2,300 to Ron Paul’s campaign and I am registering Republican to vote for him in the Florida primary. I have also started a Meetup Group and have bumper stickers on my car and wear a button every day. Ron Paul is America’s best hope for peace, prosperity and liberty.

  • don

    I am in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and am 45 years old. From what I see Ron Paul is the next Ronald Reagen. I am 100% commeted to him being elected.
    “WE THE PEOPLE” !!!!!
    I was starting to belive that in order to get elected, a canidate must be supported by the big media or big coorporations. I am very exited.

  • sdv

    I took $500 out of my savings/in case of emergency account and donated it to Ron Paul, because he is the only person with integrity and he has the best solutions on every issue. I hope that everyone will get a chance to hear him speak.

  • CEP

    I am a Green from MA and I will be supporting Ron Paul in the Republican primary this year.

    With no viable alternative from my own party yet to announce, the Democrats with their heads up their asses as usual, I believe Ron Paul to be best choice at the moment for the vital restoration of civil liberties that the Bush administration has worked to erode over the past 7 years.

    Go Ron Paul!

  • Dev Vaz

    Supporters of Ron Paul need to get behind him and contribute to his campaign. June 30th will be the next announcement of the money his campaign has raised and it must raise eyebrows and catch the attention of the main-stream media.

  • Mike

    I spoke with Andrew Michel on the phone(Event Coordinator for the Ron Paul 2008 Exploratory Committee) and it is in the millions.

  • http://TheLibertyPapers Jesse

    Actually, what Doug said scared me – that there are 5% more Texans that are anti-war than are Libertarian-leaning. That’s due to all of the Yankees moving down here in the last 20 years. Sad, we used to be better than that. Anyway, Ron’s the only voice of conscience that’s running.
    Great website.

  • Phil

    Anybody know if Mike Gravel is enjoying the same surge?

  • http://thelibertypapers.org/2005/11/22/a-bit-about-kevin/ Kevin

    Phil,

    Anybody know if Mike Gravel is enjoying the same surge?

    Nope. In fact, Kos and the Nutroots are calling for him to be removed from the Democratic debates while calling him a conservative.

  • Steven

    I am an American Soldier. I have never donated to a canidate before. I just sent $50.00, and will do so every month. I think we have a chance of Ron Paul getting double digits, and getting a national platform to speak about the Federal Reserve, and endless printing of money. That’s my #1 issue.

  • Beth Fainberg

    I am 44 years old. I am disabled. I live on a very fixed income. I have never donated to a political candidate before. I will be sending what I can to Ron Paul. I have never registered as a Republican, but I am now. I saw a great bumper sticker at http://www.cafepress.com/aynscloset. She has a few stickers that say Democrat for Ron Paul http://www.cafepress.com/aynscloset.138421750 or Republican or Libertarian. Plus she donates all money to the Ron Paul campaign. I thought they were a great idea. If you don’t want to hurt your car, stick it to a magnet, you know that stuff they use on cards and things on phone books so it won’t hurt the paint. She has a ton of them and lots of t-shirts too.

  • Beth Fainberg

    Hey, does anyone know, is $2300 the most you can donate total, or just at one time?

  • http://ronpaulforums.com bret

    Pretty sure that is the max per campaign. Obviously there’s ways around it since you see Hillary with eleventy bazillion dollars.

    But, I firmly believe it – Money won’t win it for Ron Paul. Getting people energized will. It’s sort of like the second coming of Howard Dean, except better.

  • ron stratton

    I was following Rudy as the sanest of both parties, but luckily I found out about Ron Paul and am still surprised to find a person with Libertarian views really getting this far. I am sending money today and will send more. I am already registered Republican but I encourage the views already expressed of others not registered to get in as Republicans for the primary for Ron Paul. We have to get our government away from the 2 party corruption and waste habits.

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  • mark

    I just donated $100 and WILL be donating anything I can spare from every paycheck. Too bad there is not a direct deposit plan!!!

  • John

    I also donated $100 and plan on maxing out toward the end of the campaign:) Louisiana for Ron Paul!

  • http://DNA Buddy

    It’s been a long time since I sent a dime into a politician’s election fund, but I just mailed a check to Ron Paul 20078 PCC. No, I don’t think that he has much of a chance, but with a few dollars, he’ll have a good chance to move the discussions away from the prevaling totalitarian views.

  • VT

    I am a registered Republican. My neoconservative (or at least brainwashed) friends consider me a liberal democrat.

    I almost switched parties because I did not know if I could ever trust a republican again after the Bush administration. I felt ashamed of myself for thinking so black and white because I hated how the democrats have been demonized by the republican party. I felt the same toward my own party, as if i was demonizing all republicans due to the neoconservatives. All is well knowing that Ron Paul is running!

    I am also limited on cash but donated to Ron Paul. I did only 100.00 and hope to donate more.

  • MK

    I wish with all my heart that Ron Paul become the next president. He tells the TRUTH and only the truth.

  • John

    For the 1st time in my life I donated money to a politcal candidate…to Ron Paul. I’ve been for the Dems all my life but this guy is for real. He is a true American.

  • Mike

    I have voted democrat all my life and this is the first time I have donated to any candidate. I hope I can give more in months to come. It is so good to hear the truth. So good indeed. Run Ron Run!

  • Corey

    I’m voting Ron Paul as well, I sent him $25 and will continue to send.

    I’ve never voted in my 31 years on this earth, I’ve never felt there was a candidate worth voting for. Now not only is Ron Paul worth voting he’s worth donating my money to.

  • Arya Stark

    I just sent in the max donation. It’s kind of like compound interest folks. Early money is worth much more than later money. If he can win in an early state his odds will go way up. To do that he needs money NOW!

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