Ron Paul is all over the news today for raising $4.2 million yesterday. No small feat, and especially surprising for a “non-front-runner” like Dr. Paul.
What I have not seen much mention of is the way this whole fund-raising push came about. It was all some dude with a website that got it going. The idea for the Remember the 5th of November campaign was totally the initiative of a supporter that was unconnected the the official Ron Paul campaign. Now that is truly amazing.
It is true that Mitt Romney has more money for campaigning. It is also true that last quarter he used $8 million of his own money. Problem for Mitt is that he still only gets one vote. These massive donations for Ron Paul are coming from thousands of voters (almost 72,000 since October 1st.)
The average donation per person was about $100. I don’t know anybody that would spend $100 for a campaign that they were not planning to vote for. For that matter, most of these people will probably tell their friends and family about being a part of the 5th of November campaign.
In terms of grassroots, this might be the greatest support any presidential candidate has seen so early in a race.
The era of the individual is here. If one man can do this all on his own (perhaps being the catalyst to change the course of an entire country) there is no limit to the power of the individual in today’s internet dominated world.