The Incontiguous Brick

November 6, 2007

Some things you just can’t ignore

Filed under: politics,Ron Paul,Wordpress Political Blogs — iknowkeith @ 1:39 pm

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.

thumb_nov_5_total1.pngIt 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.



  1. “The era of the individual is here”…

    Hear! Hear!

    Comment by billymac — November 6, 2007 @ 6:35 pm | Reply

  2. Ummm, actually at the end of the 3rd Quarter, Romney’s campaign had cash on hand of about 9 million, and TOTAL DEBT of 18.5 million, which means he’s running his campaign deep in the red. (And who knows how much he has spent already in 4th quarter, for all we know he has probably loaned himself another 10 or 20 million (or perhaps more, since his fund-raising has been on a steady downward slope.)

    Oh, and Mitt spends money like there’s no tomorrow (first class hotels, charter plane flights, etc).

    By comparison, RP’s campaign had $5.4 million in cash on hand at the end of the 3rd Quarter and ABSOLUTELY NO DEBT. In the 4th Quarter, he has raised $7.6 Million (includes the 4.2M from Nov 5th) — which puts his total at $13 million, minus what he has spent so far in the 4th quarter (which is probably 2-3 Million, mostly on Radio and TV ads).

    And comparatively, Ron’s campaign is pretty darn frugal in making sure they get value for every dollar they spend — he probably gets an ROI of twice what the other candidates do. So, if he is equal to them in cash dollars, he can probably get twice the mileage out of it.

    And none of that includes the difference they have in supporters out in Meetspace, where Ron Paul has more supporters and more groups than ALL of the other candidates combined (Republicans + Democrats):

    Comment by JKHutz — November 6, 2007 @ 7:47 pm | Reply

  3. Wsn’t the original goal $10 million? Nevertheless, that’s an impressive day.

    Comment by ChenZhen — November 6, 2007 @ 11:34 pm | Reply

  4. It’s an impressive day, but money does not directly buy votes. 2% of the vote is pathetic. He’s a circus sideshow.

    Comment by mesablue — November 7, 2007 @ 11:55 am | Reply

  5. Then they tried to say that the money wasn’t real and that spam bots were doing it. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen a spam bot give away free money. 🙂

    Comment by dianarn — November 7, 2007 @ 12:03 pm | Reply

  6. Most of these Ron Paul “supporters” are young voters who have never voted before and statistics show will not show up on Election Day. Look at the mid-term election turnout. There were dozens of candidates who used education as their platform (a good move to inspire support from the young and older voting populations). We had very low voter turnout, anyway.

    Another reason to not get too excited about this early online campaign “success” is that Howard Dean had much better online success in the year leading up to the election. Granted, Dean SHOULD have more success, but even he couldn’t hold on to this “online support” come the primaries.

    Lastly, Ron Paul appeals to apathetic voters because he says flashy statements like “no taxes” and criticizes the Bush Administration. The “no taxes” tactic may work until the population of people who want universal health care (a MUCH LARGER number of people than Paul’s supporters) realize you can’t have it without paying for it. Also, the Republicans who don’t support Bush and are angry over the way are going to split between a non-war Republican and the Democrats, which leaves Ron Paul with…very few votes.

    Comment by Cliff — November 7, 2007 @ 2:56 pm | Reply

  7. Did someone say Hillary era?

    Comment by Thunk Different. — November 7, 2007 @ 3:54 pm | Reply

  8. Oh God, if Hillary gets in there, this country’s going straight to hell in a hand basket. Universal health care never works (I’ve had personal experience with it living in a different country for 14 years) and if you want proof closer to home, just look at how happy the veterans are with their medical services.

    If I gave $100 or even $50 dollars to someone and I’m a poor college student, you better believe I didn’t do it just to throw it all away in the end. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Until then, we better get informed on what’s currently going on with our country, before what happened in Pakistan happens here, and then it won’t matter who’s voting for whom.

    Comment by dianarn — November 8, 2007 @ 9:37 am | Reply

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