Ron Paul Tea Party 2007
  • GovernorGovernor December 2007
    I just wanted to shoot a reminder out to all of you Ron Paul supporters out there: the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party and the grassroots-planned Ron Paul 24 hour fund raising event begins in 40 minutes. As the Iowa primary is right around the corner, his campaign needs all the support it can muster, so if you are to ever support the man, please start now. America needs you, fellow patriots.
  • GovernorGovernor December 2007
    So far today, more than 3.2 million dollars has been donated to his campaign! We are well on our way to beating the last similar fund raising event in November, and it seems likely we'll beat the all-time record of daily campaign fund raising events.

    Please continue the momentum -- donate now and support a new hope for America.
  • JeddHamptonJeddHampton December 2007
  • GovernorGovernor December 2007
    We have just over an hour to go with this day long, revolutionary fundraising event, and Ron Paul has already raised nearly 6 million dollars! We're well on our to supporting both the biggest campaign fundraising event in history and a new hope for America. Will you be a part of it?
  • CheezzypoofCheezzypoof December 2007
    QUOTE (Governor @ Dec 16 2007, 10:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    We have just over an hour to go with this day long, revolutionary fundraising event, and Ron Paul has already raised nearly 6 million dollars! We're well on our to supporting both the biggest campaign fundraising event in history and a new hope for America. Will you be a part of it?

    You should make pamphlets or something
  • EvestayEvestay December 2007
    quite an impressive day of donations, where does paul have the biggest chance of getting top 3 in a primary?
  • GovernorGovernor December 2007
    He is in first place in Alaska by a pretty good margin; that is an early february caucus.

    It looks like he is in third place in Iowa at the moment, and he's not really the type of candidate who loses momentum, so I don't forsee that changing for the worse unless Guiliani somehow starts gaining ground again.

    All in all though, it is really a race up for grabs. Huckabee shot up in the polls so much recently because the christian-right loves him, but he really does have some pretty radical ideas about the government especially in the realm of church and state, and it seems a million pretty big scandals are popping up for him daily. He could maintain his lead in most states (which I really think would lead to a democratic shoo-in November), or the already disenfranchised christian-right may fold in on support for him.
  • GovernorGovernor December 2007
    We did it folks!

    Nearly 6.5 million dollars was raised today making it the single greatest day-long campaign fundraising event in history. With 18 million dollars raised so far in the fourth quarter (with 14 days remaining), Ron Paul is heading into these first crucial primary elections with the support he needs. Thanks to everyone who donated today or in the past, you truly have done America a service.

    If you missed the chance to donate, you still can! The event is over, but he is no less the savior of the constitution! Head on over to his site and give him your support:
  • JeddHamptonJeddHampton December 2007

    Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul made history Sunday by raising $6 million in online contributions in 24 hours, breaking the record for the most money raised by a national candidate in a single day, and potentially putting Paul on track to surpass the fourth quarter fund raising of all of his competitors in both parties.

    "I just think it's extraordinary," says Anthony J. Corrado, a campaign finance expert and professor of government at Colby College in Maine. "In my view, I expect that Ron Paul will raise more money than any other candidate this quarter. At this point, his main competition will be (Mitt) Romney's checkbook."

    The effort was organized entirely by volunteers online.

    The figure catapults Paul's presidential campaign over its $12 million fourth quarter fund raising goal to $18 million. Jesse Benton, Paul's campaign spokesman, says that the money will be spent buying more television advertising in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire. The cash will also pay for advertising in Florida and California, and hire hundreds of people to canvas and organize supporters on the ground in Iowa. "We need to keep going, we have limited time," Benton says.

    The $6 million number beats the 2004 record set by Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, who raised $5.7 million after he gave his nomination speech. The fund raising is all the more impressive because Paul is relatively unknown among rank-and-file Republicans, trailing in offline polls, while Kerry's record was set after he became the official Democratic nominee.

    Paul's grassroots fund-raising boost now gives him a leg up and pulls him out of the ranks of lower-tier candidates by giving him the ability to spread his message across more traditional media, says Corrado.

    "What he has done is establish himself as a major candidate, and he's no longer a fringe voice," says Corrado.

    The record fundraising boost, as well as an associated blimp advertising project, has in addition earned the candidate attention at a time when the media is focusing on newspaper editorial endorsements. Republican rival John McCain this week-end won endorsements from the Des Moines Register as well as the Boston Globe.

    The mass-donation day was spearheaded by Paul supporter and Florida music promoter Trevor Lyman, who also organized a November 5th drive that brought in $4.3 million in 24 hours. Both efforts underscore the increasingly powerful role of the internet as an organizational force and communications medium for grassroots political supporters.

    The Paul campaign reports that more than 58,000 people contributed on Sunday, December 16th, which was the 234th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.

    Of those 58,000 people, almost 25,000 were first-time donors, the campaign says. The 58,000 makes up a base of individuals of 118,000 people who contributed to the Paul campaign in the fourth quarter.

    The median donation was $50, Benton says.

    "One of the most important things Ron Paul does, which I think is a service to all of us, is to bring back on the table a lot of ideas that the MSM and most candidates treat as off the table," says Zephyr Teachout, a visiting assistant law professor at Duke University who directed internet organizing for Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign.

    Corrado says that Paul's message has spread virally through people e-mailing their friends, and that message defies traditional party boundaries. He predicts that Paul will have more days like this as the election goes on, because the funding will force the media and the public to pay more attention to Paul's message.

    "It's a message of fiscal conservatism combined with his opposition to the war that has allowed him to traverse the middle ground between the two parties," Corrado says.
  • PheylanPheylan December 2007
    Just out of curiosity, what does he spend it on? I haven't seen any type of campaigning on TV or radio. Everything I've seen has been essentially 2nd hand stuff online, and the occasional poster.
  • GovernorGovernor December 2007
    At the moment, he's been spending a ton on radio and TV advertisements in Iowa and New Hampshire. If you lived in either of those states, I'm sure you would notice a ton.

    With this latest push, he will put some money in California as well.
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