Paul breaks sin­gle-day on­line fundrais­ing record with $4 mil­lion-plus haul

The Washington Times Weekly - - National - By Stephen Di­nan

Ron Paul on Nov. 5 shat­tered the sin­gle-day record for on­line pres­i­den­tial cam­paign fundrais­ing, rais­ing more than $4 mil­lion and leav­ing him well-po­si­tioned to meet his $12 mil­lion goal for the last three months of 2007.

The push de­vel­oped from Mr. Paul’s grass-roots sup­port­ers, who called for a “mass do­na­tion day.” Donors fol­lowed, with more than 35,000 con­tribut­ing by 10 p.m., giv­ing Mr. Paul a huge fi­nan­cial boost as he looks to ex­pand his de­voted In­ter­net fol­low­ing to tra­di­tional vot­ers.

With the Texas Repub­li­can at­tract­ing a die-hard fol­low­ing but polling in sin­gle dig­its in na­tional sur­veys, the cam­paign said the $12 mil­lion will pay for the ads it needs to boost Mr. Paul’s name iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and win over tra­di­tional vot­ers in Iowa, New Hamp­shire, Ne­vada and South Carolina.

“I’ve al­ways said that we’ll spend $1 for ev­ery $5 the op­po­nent raises. For us, it’s go­ing to take the $12 mil­lion to be vic­to­ri­ous in those states, and mainly that’s ra­dio and television, there’s no se­cret there,” said Kent Sny­der, the cam­paign chair­man.

Mr. Paul started the day with $2.77 mil­lion raised for the quar­ter, which be­gan Oct. 1. As of mid­night he had raised $7.11 mil­lion, cross­ing the $4.3 mil­lion mark for the day, ac­cord­ing to the run­ning tote board on his cam­paign Web site.

Demo­crat Howard Dean pi­o­neered tote­board-style In­ter­net fundrais­ing in 2004, al­though the on­line one-day record be­longed to Demo­cratic Sen. John Kerry, who raised $2.7 mil­lion two days af­ter the 2004 Su­per Tues­day pri­maries.

Sen. John McCain held the Repub­li­can record with $1 mil­lion raised af­ter the 2000 New Hamp­shire pri­mary.

Mr. Kerry’s suc­cess came af­ter he had all but sewn up the Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion, while Mr. McCain’s big day came af­ter his New Hamp­shire win.

Mr. Paul’s new record came about be­cause his sup­port­ers wanted it. Mr. Sny­der said all the cam­paign did was make the de­ci­sion to get out of the way.

“Cen­tral plan­ning doesn’t work, and there’s no way th­ese sorts of things can be done by cen­tral com­mand,” he said. “Lit­er­ally months ago, I de­cided the worst mis­take we could make as a cam­paign is to get in the way and con­trol the ini­tia­tive peo­ple are tak­ing.”

Mr. Paul’s $5.3 mil­lion thirdquar­ter take, his lean cam­paign and his $5.4 mil­lion cash on hand as of Sept. 30 al­ready had boosted his prospects.

On the other side of the ledger is for­mer Arkansas Repub­li­can Gov. Mike Huck­abee, whose polling out­strips his fundrais­ing.

Al­though he has bro­ken into dou­ble dig­its in na­tional polling and in some early-vot­ing states, his best fundrais­ing quar­ter so far is $1 mil­lion.

And Mr. Huck­abee’s goal for all of Novem­ber is $2.1 mil­lion. On his Web site on Nov. 5, he re­por ted a to­tal of $119,034.18 raised to­ward that goal.

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