Monday, October 01, 2007

Ron Paul’s Fund-Raising Takes Off

From the WSJ

"Rep. Ron Paul is bucking trends in the political money race.

While both Democrats and Republicans in the presidential race are finding it more difficult to pass the hat as their big donors hit federal giving limits, the trajectory for the Texas Republican keeps climbing.

The antiwar libertarian raised more than $3 million in the third quarter, up from $2.4 million in the second quarter and $641,000 in the first three months of the year.

For the three months ended Sept. 30, Paul out-raised old Washington hands including Democrats Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, who took in $1.5 million, and Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, who raised just under $2 million.

For the year, Paul has collected around $6 million. He remains stuck in national polls at around 5% or less — about the same level of support as another Republican dark horse, Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor."

Last quarter he out fund raised John McCain this quarter he beat Biden (with tiny bit of help from me). Now only three questions remain Who will he out raise next quarter? Will he translate web/fund raising successes into actual votes during the primaries? and Will he run as an independent or third party candidate when the GOP fails to give him the nod? I certainly don't know, but it'll be interesting to find out.