So right off the bat, let me just disclose the following: I am a proud Ron Paul supporter. I’ve been aware of Dr. Paul since the turn of the century. I’ve been reading “Texas Straight Talk,” his weekly correspondence, for going on a decade, and have been known, from time to time, to actually call the number that has his weekly, pre-recorded message in order to actually hear the man, in his own words, speak those wonderful words of truth and freedom.
I was involved with the grassroots effort of his 2008 run and donated to that campaign and his congressional campaign as well. Now, four years later, I am currently serving as my county’s coordinator for the Georgia for Ron Paul grassroots group and have made multiple donations to the RP2012 campaign.
Simply put—I’m a fan.
For many out there, the Ron Paul Revolution is all but dead. A minor historical footnote. How wrong these people are. For you see, this thing is still growing. It really is. Despite a virtual, media blackout and more dirty tricks by the GOP establishment than you can shake a stick at, this beautiful, organic phenomenon is still growing.
Let’s start with delegates. FOX News and many other outlets are grossly under-reporting Dr. Paul’s delegate count at around 50; however, CNN, as it has been during this entire cycle, has a more accurate count of 71. But they’re all wrong. We won’t know for sure until all of the district and state conventions wrap up, but Dr. Paul could very well be looking at a count in the several hundreds. It is most likely that the Paul campaign will have a strong majority of delegates in the following states: Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, and several others. Hell, if it goes to a contested convention with multiple ballots, there will be Ron Paul delegates waiting in the wings in the Georgia Delegation. And there are several contests left where Paul could pick up more delegates.
Aaron Biterman is the Founder of LibertySlate 2010, which exists to empower voters with information about candidates for Congress who share our commitment to constitutionally limited government and preserving individual liberty in our country. Learn more about LibertySlate 2010 at LibertySlate.com.
It is clear that the “leadership” of the Republican Party has abandoned the principles that made our country great and made our citizens free and independent: Constitutionally limited government, individual liberty, and free-market capitalism.
In 2005, I could sense that the Republican Party was about done with George W. Bush. I decided to get involved in the Republican Party through the Republican Liberty Caucus and work to change hearts and minds in a party that was collapsing before my eyes.
A year later, I developed the concept of LibertySlate. I decided that recruiting and supporting candidates who shared my vision for smaller government and were able to wage primary campaigns against incumbent Republicans was a worthy goal. But 2006 was a tough year and I didn’t find enough candidates to participate in the LibertySlate. Republicans lost sorely in the 2006 cycle, but the few Republicans who had voted correctly were able to hold on to their seats.
In 2007 and 2008, I was extremely active in the Ron Paul for President efforts and was helping the Republican Liberty Caucus keep up with the rapid movement growth that resulted from the Paul campaign. The RLC endorsed over 220 candidates in 2008. Unfortunately, despite that LibertySlate still existed as a concept in my mind, we weren’t able to get it launched in time to have a significant impact in Republican primaries.
LibertySlate 2010 Launched
This was mentioned during the weekly GOP Presidential Power Rankings yesterday, but Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) raised over $1.8 million in a birthday money bomb over the weekend (I only mention it again because the totals are finally in):
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) raised $1.8 million in 24 hours between Saturday and Sunday, a major online “money bomb” timed to coincide with his 76th birthday. This is the fourth time Paul has raised more than $1 million in a day this campaign cycle, and a signal that he will have the money to compete as long as he wishes for the Republican presidential nomination.
The big haul came despite a cyberattack during the same time period that shut down Paul’s website for a few hours.
Paul had more than $4 million in the bank at the end of June, and besides this raised another $600,000 in a day for fundraising for the Iowa straw poll, in which he finished a close second behind Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). Paul spent about a half million dollars on the straw poll.
With the aforementioned Gallup poll showing Paul doing better against President Barack Obama than Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), including with carrying independent voters (something she hasn’t done), it’s hard to say that he shouldn’t be getting more coverage in the media.
According to his campaign website, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) raised over $1.1 million in the June 5th money bomb. An impressive showing for what I believe is Paul’s second million dollar fundraising event of his campaign.
Paul’s team decided to took a shot at Mitt Romney, who is generally seen as the frontrunner of the Republican field, as the theme of the money bomb; the “rEVOLution vs. RomneyCare.” Paul’s staff noted Romney’s fundraising success since he was able to secure $10 million in commitments during a “call-a-thon.”
Whatever, they’re doing on the fundraising side, they’re doing it right. Let’s just hope that that successful translates into votes.
On Monday, Rep. Ron Paul’s new LibertyPAC raised a significant amount of money during a Presidents’ Day money bomb as he begins today lay the groundwork for an inevitable presidential campaign announcment:
The revolution is alive and well.
Ron Paul raised more than $700,000 for his PAC in 24 hours during a President’s Day money bomb.
Paul pioneered the online fundraising technique during his 2008 presidential run, and yesterday’s impressive haul shows he still has a significant base of support.
LibertyPAC promoted the money bomb with a web video posted on Paul’s Facebook page which leads supporters to believe the Texas congressman is leaning toward another run for president.
“If we show him enough support, he will announce his official candidacy for 2012,” reads the text that appears halfway through the two-minute video.
Paul’s fundraising ability isn’t in question. His ability to put people around him to run an effective campaign is.
As of 10:30pm (EST), Brown’s campaign raised $1,050,156.36.
Republicans continue to be motivated by prospects in Massachusetts. As of the time I hit publish, Scott Brown’s campaign for United States Senate had raised over $930k during today’s money bomb (he’ll like clear $1 million by midnight).
I’ve taken note over the last couple of days the emphasis that Brown’s campaign is placing on economic issues, over the traditional social issues that Republicans typically push. I know that he is a social conservative, but he knows that he can’t win on that in Massachusetts. Even Sean Hannity tried to back him into a corner on social issues, he stayed on message. It was impressive.
Scott Brown needs to win this, I remain skeptical if he can, but he has a shot. With that said, the road needs to be cleared for him. I don’t believe in casting a vote based on fear, but if Brown wins and serves in the Senate long enough to cast a vote against ObamaCare…it’s worth it. Joe Kennedy really should take that into consideration.