Ron Paul’s Really Big Haul

There’s really only one way to describe yesterday’s fundraising efforts; very, very successful:

Historians and British schoolchildren remember Guy Fawkes as the Roman Catholic, anti-Protestant rebel who on Nov. 5, 1605, tried to assassinate King James I by blowing up the Parliament. Supporters of the Republican primary campaign of the libertarian Representative Ron Paul may remember Fawkes as a wildly successful fund-raising gimmick.

On Monday, a group of Paul supporters helped raised more than $4.07 million in one day — approaching what the campaign raised in the entire last quarter — through a Web site called ThisNovember5th.com, a reference to the day the British commemorate the thwarted bombing.

Many fans of Mr. Paul know of the day primarily through a movie based on the futuristic graphic novel “V for Vendetta,” by Alan Moore and David Lloyd, in which a terrorist modeled after Fawkes battles a fascist government that has taken over Britain.

The Paul campaign has raised more than $6.84 million in the first five weeks of this quarter, more than the $5 million it raised from July 1 to Oct. 1. Many of the contributions appeared to come through the independent Fawkes effort, but how much was unclear.

On Monday alone, the campaign signed up more than 21,000 new donors, said Jesse Benton, a campaign spokesman.

Among 2008 presidential candidates, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York holds the record for raising the most in a single day: $6.2 million on June 30. But Mr. Paul has surpassed the best day of Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, who raised $3.14 million on Jan. 8.

And it also received notice from The Washington Post, ABC News, and USA Today

David Weigel at Reason makes this point about what this says about the rest of the Republican field:

Even if you don’t like Paul, you have to gasp at what’s happening in the GOP race. There are three phenomenons running in tandem: Paul’s fundraising, Huckabee’s cash-strapped poll surge, and McCain’s running-on-fumes poll comeback. Anybody working for the Rudy-Fred-Mitt power trio has to wonder why the Republican base is so hungry for these other choices.

Perhaps because the old GOP coalition is falling apart.

Anyway, with 4th Quarter fundraising now exceeding $ 7 million, that goal of $ 12 million by December 31st doesn’t seem so far-fetched. And it comes just in time too, we’re 58 days away from the Iowa Caucuses, 63 days away from the currently scheduled day for the New Hampshire Primary (a date which will probably be moved up sometime this week), and 74 days away from South Carolina’s primary. After that, 91 days from now, it’s Super Tuesday and the GOP race will, effectively, be over.

Update: Or maybe it won’t be over. Marc Ambinder posits a scenario that could stretch the primary race out into March, which, in modern times, is a long time.

Update # 2: Even the guys at The Corner are starting to take serious, as opposed to contemptuously dismissive, notice:

Among those for whom a sustained Iraq occupation is not a make-or-break issue, Paul’s big day is going to win him a second look. But he has to lay off the gold standard schtick (at least for a while) and start speaking to conservatives again about the many issues he has in common with them. If he does, he might actually be able to make something of all this.

And Ed Morrissey:

Ready to take Paul seriously now? His ideas may sound as strange as his high-pitched histrionics in the televised debates, and he may not have much national pull in the polls. However, Paul certainly has some attraction to people with cash through the Internet, and he’s amassing a small fortune with almost no overhead just in time for the primaries.

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What does this tell us? The libertarian impulse may have stronger legs than anyone recognizes. It certainly seems more individually vibrant than the “values voters” segment of the Republican Party, which hasn’t even produced a candidate in this election, let alone this kind of impromptu grassroots effort. It could also complicate the primaries if Paul manages to turn this fundraising into actual poll strength.

(…)

Beyond Paul and his flaws, the Republicans had better start paying attention to these voters. Like it or not, they represent a passion that seems to have left the GOP in recent months, and even if they skew young and may not vote as promised this cycle, they will eventually. Rather than continue to write them off, Republicans have to find a way to address them outside of conspiracy theories and allusions to blowing up buildings.

Whether this will happen remains to be seen.

  • warren

    Go GO GO, Ron Paul for 2008. This man is amazing. :)

  • http://www.flickvine.com A New Ron Paul Donor

    I’m a registered Democrat, but I’ve been turned off by their play it safe mentality. I just want someone to end the damn war without parsing words. Ron Paul is my guy now. I hope he runs third party in the general so I can vote for him. Now all I can do is send money.

  • farcical fiend

    “I’m a registered Democrat, but I’ve been turned off by their play it safe mentality. I just want someone to end the damn war without parsing words. Ron Paul is my guy now. I hope he runs third party in the general so I can vote for him. Now all I can do is send money.” Excellent, the plan… it is working.

  • mark salom

    Ron Paul IS the front runner.He has won all the televised debates .He has won ten of the last dozen Straw Polls.But who needs the mainstream media to recognize that.We The People now have Youtube.

  • Matt C

    I don’t think that very many of Willard, Rudy, and Fred’s supporters actually care enough to come out and vote in the primary.

    RP guys get a lot of flak about not being able to turn grassroots support into “real-world” numbers. Well, we see otherwise any time anyone does a straw poll, and I suspect we’ll see otherwise during those straw polls known as elections.

  • http://www.belowthebeltway.com Doug Mataconis

    Matt,

    I think you are severely underestimating things if you think that Romney, Giuliani, or Thompson’s supporters aren’t going to be going to the polls in Iowa, New Hampshire or anywhere else.

    They may not have the same kind of grassroots organizations that Ron Paul has, but they do have support, and they are leading in the polls. Anything is possible, but assuming that the other side isn’t even going to show up isn’t realistic.

  • Chris

    why does everybody make such a big negative deal about returning to a sound monetary policy? arent you all tired of your money having less and less purchasing power?? get us in a system that wont inflate.

  • Spud

    The gold standard shtick is quite clearly defined in the constitution. We all know that neocon review just thinks it’s a ‘damned piece of paper’ though, don’t we?

    Gee, why does the constitution say only gold and silver are legal tender? Why was it never amended to change that? Why was counterfeiting a crime punishable by death centuries ago, yet now the government and banks counterfeit billions all the time?

  • Johnny Tabascoa

    “they are leading in the polls”

    You mean the polls with only 1,024 respondents in California and New York?

    Chris, you really need a college education.

  • http://none---- joanne allen

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  • spuorgoohay

    Ron Paul,John Edwards and Huckabee can get the 51% needed if together, but let’s be realistic,most likely the neocons will facilitate a terrorist hit in 2008, and with General Mukasey in charge of Law Enforcement, national paranoia and the neocon media will send the election to Giuliani,so the neocons in D.C. and the W.H. won’t even need to change offices, sadly it’s a done deal.

    in the Pakistan issue, Paul and the above must show support for the democratic forces in that country,including moderate generals with 30 nuclear weapons semi-assembled,after all the neocons from General Mukasey were the ones who sold the stuff(from the USA) to Kahn and Mushareff, we must show smartness, diplomacy and support for national elections.

  • DS

    I used to be a Democrat now I am Republican just because of RP. The two party system doesn’t work and I am sick of the fear tactics they are using to keep us afraid of Terror!

  • http://www.thelibertypapers.org Doug Mataconis

    Ron Paul,John Edwards and Huckabee can get the 51% needed if together, but let’s be realistic,most likely the neocons will facilitate a terrorist hit in 2008, and with General Mukasey in charge of Law Enforcement, national paranoia and the neocon media will send the election to Giuliani,so the neocons in D.C. and the W.H. won’t even need to change offices, sadly it’s a done deal.

    You’re kidding right ?

    in the Pakistan issue, Paul and the above must show support for the democratic forces in that country,

    Wouldn’t a consistent policy of non-interventionism require that Congressman Paul say that the United States should be intervening in Pakistan at all ?

  • TopQuark

    To Spud
    “yet now the government and banks counterfeit billions all the time?”
    Because they are sacred so their scripts are also sacred.
    Do you know just now what is the most sacred “book”?
    Dollar or other currencies bills.
    Actually the core of problem is not they are conterfeiting billions of their worthless papers,but the problem is that they force us to use that exclusively.
    I hope God frees us from slavery of banks just as he freed Israelis from slavery of Pharaos. And I hope after that God don’t let us to become slaves of another devil system, just like Israelis became slaves of their greed for Gold..

  • Charles S.

    This is a great article. I like it because it shows that America does have some remnant of Free Speech left over from the Constitutional Days. You know, the Golden Era when Americans were above lowering themselves to overseas empire, torture, and genocide. Ron Paul is a fan of this article too. He is concerned that Americans access to articles like this could become more difficult if the internet were ever to be regulated by the same folks who regulate the TV news. He’s even voted against it. On November 5th I gave money to him for those past votes of his. On Veterans day I’ll be paying him again with the hope that in the future, when our soldiers come home from Iraq and elsewhere, that they will find we who stayed at home did not lose grasp of the Civil Liberties which they bleed overseas to defend. You should consider this.

  • gern

    If you don’t favor Ron Paul then you probably don’t drive well, you bathe only when necessary, your children are doing poorly in school, you have very few teeth and people talk behind your back.

  • Craig

    It’s quite ironic, really, that the Paul-bashers have turned out to be the real conspiracy theorists.

    Their first conspiracy theory was that it was just a few dozen (or maybe a few hundred) bloggers in their mothers’ basements, manipulating online polls with their mad hacking skills. See Little Green Football and Pajamas Media. (Remember them?)

    The next conspiracy theory was that it was the Ron Paul campaign (which had 4 paid staff at the time) furiously auto-dialing into a text message poll after the Fox News debate, one which allowed only one vote per phone number. See Sean Hannity.

    A more recent conspiracy theory was that it was a worldwide network of spam bots, making Ron Paul’s online support look stronger than it really is. Apparently these spam bots are quite sophisticated — they can post YouTube videos, write blog entries, carry on conversations in comment threads, even project holographic images of themselves at Ron Paul campaign rallies. See Wired, a source you would think would know better.

    The latest conspiracy theory is that the tens of thousands of Ron Paul supporters are really liberals pretending to be conservatives, financed by Hillary Clinton and George Soros, as if the MoveOn crowd is ready for the Tenth Amendment to be vigorously enforced. See RedState — I bet they’re feeling pretty stupid right about now for banning the only conservative candidate that people are actually getting excited about.

  • jim

    here’s something I said to someone when they were derogatory about Ron Paul’s polling / no chance:
    Scientific? Riiiiight, because every phone poll that calls people does these three things:

    1. Only calls landlines
    2. Only calls the most recent election’s previous Republican primary voters (what, a group of 10,000 or so hardcore warmongers that renominated Bush for his second run?)
    3. Often has “two pages” of candidates and list Paul on the second page, or just not at all.

    Obviously, that poll is accurate… WAKE UP!

    The fact that he hits 5-7% out of that group of extreme hard-core neocon warmongers is the huge surprise!

  • http://debtreductionformula.com/blog Ryan Healy

    I’ve been a fan of Ron Paul since 2003 or so. Bill Bonner of The Daily Reckoning quotes him often. That’s how I found out who Ron was.

    Anyway, Ron is one of the only politicians I’ve ever felt passionate about before. I really hope he wins the nomination. Otherwise, I’ll be voting Libertarian just like I did last election.