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bucfish
04-02-2008, 12:08 PM
http://www.nolanchart.com/article3348.html

Read it what do you think?

amy31416
04-02-2008, 12:16 PM
While I was never a fan of the blimp, I think all that infighting amongst supporters is unfortunate and they should have been mature enough to work it out. Without wasting money on mediators.

Roxi
04-02-2008, 12:27 PM
I want to share a story with you.... when i was in NH i worked pretty closely with trevor and hung out with him as well. he is a great guy with a great head on his shoulders, not the kind to support, promote, and spend a crap ton of sweat and money on something that A LOT of people really thought would do something big for this campaign

anyway heres the story

Rand Paul came to the hampton, NH High School to talk to a group of economics students, afterwards the professor asked him to come up to speak to his NJHS students as well. on the way up he said to me "you know what i love most about this whole thing... the creativity... if you guys had gone into our campaign HQ and said "we want to get a blimp" they would have laughed you out of the office....when we heard you guys were thinking about it we kinda laughed and said "can they really get a blimp?" and when i found out we actually HAD the blimp and it was actually going up in the air, i nearly fell over... i couldn't believe it.... a blimp, for my dad, that is what is so awesome about you guys... tell them to keep up the good work.

so the blimp didn't go over that well... as someone who was kinda in the loop with the blimp thing i can say that it was a number of factors that caused that.... one being weather, NH was having one of the roughest/snowiest winters in a while.... the noreaster was causing all kinds of problems (anyone remember the BLIZZARD we drove through to get to the boston tea party?) ALSO when it looked like the weather was going to be ok in NYC and NH, it was pretty short notice, and the blimp only flies like 35 or so MPH so it was almost impossible to get it there in time...

i didn't donate to the blimp, and i thought it was an insane idea that just might work so if you look back your not going to see posts from me heavily supporting the idea. but after what Rand told me i couldn't help but think what an incredible thing i was a part of. no other presidential candidate in HISTORY has ever had a blimp, and all i could do was picture their faces at the breakfast table that morning that the blimp was announced and smile


thx

Roxi
04-02-2008, 12:35 PM
and as for the article the only thing i can verify as fact is that trevor, and katharine did in fact make the blimp happen, i can also say they are both working on an AMAZING project right now, that no one on this forum could comprehend the importance of... (ron paul ambassadors, which Barry Goldwater Jr is endorsing and semi involved in.)


if you want to know if that article is factual just ask katharine memole herself she is on this forum

Mckarnin
04-02-2008, 01:07 PM
and as for the article the only thing i can verify as fact is that trevor, and katharine did in fact make the blimp happen, i can also say they are both working on an AMAZING project right now, that no one on this forum could comprehend the importance of... (ron paul ambassadors, which Barry Goldwater Jr is endorsing and semi involved in.)


if you want to know if that article is factual just ask katharine memole herself she is on this forum\

Thanks Roxic!

I can answer blimp related questions...aka, I am Katharine Memole

Thank you for the encouraging words about Ron Paul Ambassadors! RPA has transitioned to its legal name, "Freedom's Ground" and is located at its under construction site www.FreedomsGround.org (more updates here:http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?t=104186). I am the only member of the Ron Paul Blimp team working on the organization but not the only member of the grassroots or our movement working on it. We have 20 volunteers, including Barry Goldwater Jr on our collaboration site.

Primbs
04-02-2008, 01:28 PM
There are many disagreements inside campaign projects. I am glad they made it work.

I was a fan of the blimp and it was a success. The measure of success for me was to get national TV coverage and media exposure. The Washington Times wrote at least three stories about the blimp. Probably the most of any paper in the country.

Check out the Blimp Earned Media List in the forums.


Rudy spoke about the blimp. I was surprised by that, but happy.

Here is a sample of TV news that started to raise Ron Paul's name ID.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC7A0qwvSFI

asheville4paul
04-02-2008, 01:45 PM
During the blimp project I spent time with Jerry, Trevor, and Elijah. I was privy to some of the infighting and know some of the details of what the internal problems were. The article seem to be pretty factual. I think that all parties are good hard working people. Jerry lost trust with Trevor early on and he initially set up the bank account improperly with only himself having control. This was sorted out early in the blimps journey. Trust was never able to be achieved for the three after that. From what I observed, Jerry is not much of a people person. I don't think he is nuts but he can come off that way. Trevor is much more professional and matter of fact. Jerry can seem to be very disrespectful but its just his personality. I absolutely don't think any of the three were trying to "con" anyone or steal money. They all had the same intention (help Ron Paul) but they had different ideas of how to achieve that. I think the fact that they made it happen (blimp fly) was one of the most incredible things in political history. The odds were stacked against them, they pulled it off.

Katharine on the other hand did so much, for no compensation. She is to be commended. The article was spot on about her. Thank You Katharine

JS4Pat
04-02-2008, 02:08 PM
I dealt with Katharine on the logistics of the Blimp's visit to Northeast Florida. In the brief phone and e-mail conversations with her - I was convinced she was a competent, committed and self-less woman.

Thanks Katharine! I am proud to be in a movement with people like yourself.

Mckarnin
04-02-2008, 03:02 PM
During the blimp project I spent time with Jerry, Trevor, and Elijah. I was privy to some of the infighting and know some of the details of what the internal problems were. The article seem to be pretty factual. I think that all parties are good hard working people. Jerry lost trust with Trevor early on and he initially set up the bank account improperly with only himself having control. This was sorted out early in the blimps journey. Trust was never able to be achieved for the three after that. From what I observed, Jerry is not much of a people person. I don't think he is nuts but he can come off that way. Trevor is much more professional and matter of fact. Jerry can seem to be very disrespectful but its just his personality. I absolutely don't think any of the three were trying to "con" anyone or steal money. They all had the same intention (help Ron Paul) but they had different ideas of how to achieve that. I think the fact that they made it happen (blimp fly) was one of the most incredible things in political history. The odds were stacked against them, they pulled it off.

Katharine on the other hand did so much, for no compensation. She is to be commended. The article was spot on about her. Thank You Katharine

Thank you for your kind words. For the sake of accuracy I should clarify that once we were a month into the blimp tour I did begin to receive payment, $500 a week for the six weeks the blimp was airborne. Per my promise that I made here on the forums I did not begin to take pay until the blimp was airborne and stopped as soon as it started back for North Carolina. I noticed that the author of the article mentioned my not getting part of the money...I think he was referring to the fact that in the settlement of the company I did not receive any share of the profits that were divided up.

Mckarnin
04-02-2008, 03:08 PM
I dealt with Katharine on the logistics of the Blimp's visit to Northeast Florida. In the brief phone and e-mail conversations with her - I was convinced she was a competent, committed and self-less woman.

Thanks Katharine! I am proud to be in a movement with people like yourself.


Thank you John. That's what I miss most about the blimp; the fast-paced interaction with so many different Ron Paul supporters. I should add that I was so humbled by the generosity of those I dealt with in the towns and cities on the Ron Paul Blimp Tour. As you probably know I managed the blimp from my home office in Pittsburgh, PA and I called ahead of the blimp to coordinate rallies with local meetups, media coverage and sometimes accommodations and transportation for Trevor and Elijah. Several times Ron Paul supporters spontaneously offered food, lodging and transport to the guys and were always so enthusiastic about the blimp and asking if they could help find airports or fields. Many people sent me contact information for local media...just a wonderful network of earnest people who support Ron Paul.

K

ItsTime
04-02-2008, 03:08 PM
Sorry the blimp was a failure in ever sense of the word expect to give people large egos than needed. Blimp = very few to zero more votes for Ron Paul. Made the campaign and grassroots look like a side show, funneled $100s thousands of dollars that could have been spent better, funneled 1000s of man hours away from better projects that could get RON PAUL VOTES.

Was it a "novel idea?" Yes. Did it help get Ron Paul more votes? Doubtful.

Mckarnin
04-02-2008, 03:14 PM
Sorry the blimp was a failure in ever sense of the word expect to give people large egos than needed. Blimp = very few to zero more votes for Ron Paul. Made the campaign and grassroots look like a side show, funneled $100s thousands of dollars that could have been spent better, funneled 1000s of man hours away from better projects that could get RON PAUL VOTES.

Was it a "novel idea?" Yes. Did it help get Ron Paul more votes? Doubtful.

I have no way of proving anything about votes either way but the blimp did get amazing levels of media coverage which really was something that Ron Paul was lacking. Much more than $600,000 worth. This link is to an old thread that I made showing our coverage over 8 days in GA and SC: http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?t=94039&highlight=uncensored+blimp
Again, I know this doesn't speak to votes but this coverage was largely in SC in the days right before the primary.

ItsTime
04-02-2008, 03:23 PM
Every blimp story was negative media coverage. It made the grassroots and official campaign look like a side show. It reinforced the ideas that MSM has put into the voters mind that Ron Paul and his supporters were out there and that there was no way Ron Paul could win. No matter how "positive" the story was.


I have no way of proving anything about votes either way but the blimp did get amazing levels of media coverage which really was something that Ron Paul was lacking. Much more than $600,000 worth. This link is to an old thread that I made showing our coverage over 8 days in GA and SC: http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?t=94039&highlight=uncensored+blimp
Again, I know this doesn't speak to votes but this coverage was largely in SC in the days right before the primary.

asheville4paul
04-02-2008, 03:23 PM
ItsTime

The blimp was not a failure, the folks who funded it did so of their own accord. Ron Paul raised plenty of money (still has 5 million) . Unfortunately the people of this country like their big government. Ron could have raised 150 million and still lost. The blimp haters around here are rabid and misinformed. Ron Paul had a difficult time getting valuable msm coverage and the blimp helped that. The amount of msm coverage was well worth the cost of the blimp imo.

menoname
04-02-2008, 03:27 PM
The question is, would you do it again for another candidate?

Mckarnin
04-02-2008, 03:57 PM
The question is, would you do it again for another candidate?

I think it is the kind of grand event that can only be pulled off once per election...the first candidate seems cool and the rest would seem like copycats.

Primbs
04-02-2008, 06:17 PM
Considering the Ron Paul campaign took off partly because of all the people putting up signs and large billboards, the blimp was just a floating billboard. It is not a side show.

There was a roller skating elephant that was used by Republican campaigns many years ago. That is a side show. http://www.jeffwernerphoto.com/index.php#mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=16&p=2&a=0&at=0

Not every thing in a campaign equates into votes. A headquarters doesn't get votes, but helps in the process. The blimp will not get votes, but helps create awareness for Ron Paul, so voters will know his name and then google Ron Paul to learn more about his issues.

kaleidoscope eyes
04-02-2008, 07:02 PM
Considering the Ron Paul campaign took off partly because of all the people putting up signs and large billboards, the blimp was just a floating billboard. It is not a side show.

There was a roller skating elephant that was used by Republican campaigns many years ago. That is a side show.

Not every thing in a campaign equates into votes. A headquarters doesn't get votes, but helps in the process. The blimp will not get votes, but helps create awareness for Ron Paul, so voters will know his name and then google Ron Paul to learn more about his issues.

+100

I don't care what anyone says, I think all of you involved did something amazing, where would this world be today if the innovaters of the past had listened to those who told them they were bananas and to just forget about their crazy ideas. Isn't that what Ron Paul is all about?

Creativity, Imagination, and damn Hard Work should always be rewarded.
So, thanks! Too bad the Blimp was also an easy target for the haters, oh well, you'll always have that, no matter what you do.

Keep on keepin' on!;)

Primbs
04-04-2008, 07:12 AM
Ron Paul's own words on the blimp. "Yes it is fantastic, we have probably gotten millions of dollars worth of advertising from that."
"The Blimp is one of the eye catching events probably in the history of this country campaigning for a presidential candidate."

http://www.wmur.com/video/14996064/index.html


From Texas Liberty

Media total for 1/27/08
---- Media Reports ----
443 total media reports
Of those,
23 were TV
237 were non-TV major media
183 were blogs or internet mentions

---- Sources ----
206 total separate media sources
Of those,
14 were TV
135 were non-TV major media
57 were blogs or internet sources

---- Estimated Value ----
Using an estimated average major media value of $2500
and an estimated blog mention value of $100,
and an estimated cost of:
$20000 for a 30 second prime-time FOX TV ad ($3500 non-prime-time)
$30000 for a 30 second prime-time CNN TV ad ($6500 non-prime-time)
$2400 for a 30 second general prime-time TV ad ($600 non-prime-time)
(reference: NY Times, see http://tinyurl.com/2zb9lx)
Estimated TV media value: $219526
(CNN: $122633, Fox: $13333, other: $83560)
[CNN airtime secs: 0 primetime, 566 non-prime-time]
[FOX airtime secs: 20 primetime, 0 non-prime-time]
[Other airtime secs: 656 primetime, 1554 non-prime-time]
Estimated non-TV major media value: $592500
Estimated blog media value: $18300
Estimated total media value: $830326

Here is the list break out.

I am not sure it is complete. It is tough work to round up all the stories about the blimp.

http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?t=89114&highlight=blimp+earned+media

Here's segment 1, TV media:

TV
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Grassroots Supporters Going the Extra Mile (TV)
Live 5 News - 1/13/2008
http://www.live5news.com/news/state/13739657.html

Who is Ron Paul? Read His Blimp (TV)
WTOC - 1/10/2008
http://www.wtoctv.com/Global/SearchR...ss&qu=ron+paul

Gov. Mark Sanford and the Ron Paul Blimp (TV)
Media General Washington Bureau - 1/10/2008
http://www.mgwashington.com/index.ph...aul-blimp/229/

Candidate Takes Campaign Message Skyward
NBC San Diego - 1/2/2008
http://video.nbcsandiego.com/player/?id=200541

Central Florida News 13 Covers Blimp Over Citrus Bowl
Central Florida News 13 - 1/1/2008
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seK4XIDDowY

Ron Paul blimp visits Jax
Jacksonville.com - 12/28/2007
http://www.brightcove.tv/title.jsp?title=1359304352

The Ron Paul Blimp
Slate V - 12/26/2007
http://www.slatev.com/player.html?id=1357341099

Ron Paul Blimp Turns Heads on Route 29 (TV news report)
WCAV - 12/24/2007
http://www.charlottesvillenewsplex.t...12807952.html#

Birdie Senate Chase 12-18-2007
CNN - 12/18/2007
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/off...bird.loose.cnn

Ron Paul's Air Force (1 of 2)
CNN - 12/17/2007
http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ga-cwedk504

Debate Mutiny and Ron Paul Blimp
CNN - 12/17/2007
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/off....at.debate.cnn

Ron Paul's Air Force (2 of 2)
CNN - 12/17/2007
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYoZ4iVavwI

John and Abbi discuss Ron Paul's "Remarkable" Tea Party Haul and mention the Ron Paul Blimp
CNN - 12/17/2007
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytfwbpdf_JQ

Ron Paul: $6 million haul and blimp on CNN (12/17/07)
CNN - 12/17/2007
http://youtube.com/watch?v=8L0JJynqw8Q

CNN reporter in snowy boston discusses the Tea Party, Money Bomb, and Ron Paul Blimp
CNN - 12/16/2007
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytfwbpdf_JQ

Ron Paul Blimp On Special Report
FOX - 12/15/2007
http://youtube.com/watch?v=0Ldvq9pN-MA

CNN Ron Paul Blimp Blurb
CNN - 12/14/2007
http://youtube.com/watch?v=bp8QmJhEvXE

Ron Paul Blimp discussed in the Situation Room (first major media mention)
CNN - 12/07/2007
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Y6WtEQfyM0

Tucker Carlson discusses the Ron Paul Blimp
MSNBC - 12/07/2007
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIFsq0KEeHc

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Segment 2: Major print media, part 1
Major media
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Early voting: Mustering support falls on armies of volunteers
The Tennessean - 01/14/2008
http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs....3015/1001/NEWS

Grassroot Supporters Going the Extra Mile
Live 5 News - 01/13/2008
http://www.live5news.com/news/state/13739657.html

Republican Ron Paul flies high above debate
Reuters - 01/11/2008
http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/200...-above-debate/

Republican debate raises a ruckus in South Carolina
Post-Bulletin - 01/11/2008
http://www.postbulletin.com/newsmana...p?a=322970&z=2

All eyes on GOP in Myrtle Beach
South Carolina Now - 01/11/2008
http://www.scnow.com/midatlantic/scp...1-10-0010.html

The Morning After: A GOP debate in review
Swampland - 01/11/2008
http://www.time-blog.com/swampland/2...op_debate.html

Backers give Paul plenty of air time
Myrtle Beach Sun News - 01/11/2008
http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/new...ry/310675.html

6 GOP hopefuls trade ideas, barbs in SC
Brazosport Facts (subscription) - 01/11/2008
http://thefacts.com/story.lasso?ewcd=03118dd8ebfafc3c

Gov. Mark Sanford and the Ron Paul Blimp
Media General Washington Bureau - 01/11/2008
http://www.mgwashington.com/index.ph...aul-blimp/229/

Ron Paul Vows to Take Campaign to NH
The Associated Press - 01/10/2008
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h...9HizwD8TURE6G0

COVER- High hopes: Locals pump up Barack, Hillary, Mitt, and more ...
The Hook - 01/10/2008
http://www.readthehook.com/stories/2...rez-B.rtf.aspx

4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
The Hook - 01/10/2008
http://www.readthehook.com/stories/2...702-B.rtf.aspx

Who Is Ron Paul? Read His Blimp
WTOC - 01/10/2008
http://www.wtoctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=7601674

Ron Paul's Bloody Victory
Village Voice - 01/09/2008
http://www.villagevoice.com/news/080...n,78817,2.html

Paul's stubborn consistency on Iraq deserves respect
Seattle Times - 01/09/2008
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...91_rams09.html

Who's minding the blimp?
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 01/09/2008
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_546479.html

Supporters use nontraditional methods to promote candidates
Gainesville Sun - 01/08/2008
http://www.gainesville.com/article/2...0323/1002/NEWS

Wacko idea? Ron Paul blimp takes politics to new heights
The Virginian-Pilot - 01/07/2008
http://hamptonroads.com/2008/01/wack...cs-new-heights

Bid Now on the Ron Paul RV!
Radar Online - 01/07/2008
http://www.radaronline.com/exclusive...click-away.php

I knew it was fiction because it came from the fiction section
The Virginian-Pilot - 01/07/2008
http://hamptonroads.com/2008/01/i-kn...iction-section

Ron Paul blimp takes campaign to 'next level'
Savannah Morning News - 01/06/2008
http://savannahnow.com/node/425829

Ron Paul Calls Iowa 'Just The Beginning'
KCCI.com - 01/04/2008
http://www.kcci.com/politics/14978226/detail.html

Paul to take campaign to New Hampshire
Brocktown News - 01/04/2008
http://www.localnewsleader.com/brock...news&id=233855

Supporters Mull Over Internet Candidate Ron Paul's Fifth Place in ...
Wired News - 01/04/2008
http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/200...ters-mull.html

Rep. Ron Paul vows to take GOP campaign to New Hampshire
KPTM-TV - 01/04/2008
http://www.kptm.com/Global/story.asp...&nav=menu606_2

O2 Secure Wireless, Inc. Soars With the "Ron Paul Blimp"
FOX News - 01/03/2008
http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/i...422866_12.html

Candidate Takes Campaign Message Skyward
NBC Sandiego.com - 01/03/2008
http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/14965469/detail.html

What’s Been Missing? Late Night!
New York Times Blogs - 01/03/2008
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2...ng-late-night/

The Ron Paul Iowa Conspiracy
National Ledger - 1/02/2008
http://www.nationalledger.com/artman...72618022.shtml

Ron Paul Blimp To Reach 70000 Voters At Capital One Bowl
Central Florida News 13 - 01/01/2008
http://www.cfnews13.com/Politics/Flo..._one_bowl.html

Ron Paul Country?
The Ledger - 12/31/2007
http://blogs.theledger.com/default.asp?item=724897

Flying billboard takes Paul campaign to the sky
Houston Chronicle - 12/30/2007
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5410952.html

How to separate the wheat from the chaff with these candidates?
Asheville Citizen-Times - 12/30/2007
http://citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.d...007/COLUMNISTS

Global warming ... or just a lot of hot air?
St. Petersburg Times - 12/30/2007
http://www.sptimes.com/2007/12/30/St...g__or_ju.shtml

Paul shaping up as spoiler in GOP race
Brocktown News - 12/29/2007
http://www.localnewsleader.com/brock...news&id=225555

Ron Paul Signs Appear On Freeway
Raleigh Chronicle - 12/29/2007
http://www.raleigh2.com/link.asp?sme...yword=&sidate=

Why Ron Paul's message resonates
Central Maine Morning Sentinel - 12/28/2007
http://morningsentinel.mainetoday.co...s/4583600.html

Jacksonville Journal
Florida Times-Union - 12/28/2007
http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-onlin...29546919.shtml

Candidate's Blimp Floats to Jacksonville
WOKV - 12/28/2007
http://wokv.com/news/local/122707_blimp.html

Amherst blimp maker gives Ron Paul campaign a lift
Amherst Bulletin - 12/27/2007
http://www.amherstbulletin.com/story/id/73892/

Can Ron Paul go mainstream?
Baltimore Sun - 12/27/2007
http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news...ainstream.html

Paul reportedly sets one-day money record
Keokuk Gate City Daily - 12/26/2007
http://www.dailygate.com/articles/20...26/news/07.txt

It's a Wonderful Party part 2
AOL News Newsbloggers - 12/26/2007
http://news.aol.com/political-machin...-party-part-2/

Ron Paul: The Next Abraham Lincoln?
PW-Philadelphia Weekly - 12/26/2007
http://willdo.philadelphiaweekly.com...ul_the_ne.html

We Regret These Errors.
TheStranger.com - 12/26/2007
http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/Content?oid=469945

Here we go again, not ignoring Ron Paul
Los Angeles Times - 12/24/2007
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/wash...paulrules.html

Paul shaping up as spoiler in GOP race
Westfall Weekly News - 12/24/2007
http://www.newsone.ca/westfallweekly...news&id=107803

Ron Paul Blimp Turns Heads on Route 29 (web news report)
WCAV - 12/24/2007
http://www.charlottesvillenewsplex.t...12807952.html#

Ron Paul: From Dr. No to campaign sensation
Allentown Morning Call - 12/24/2007
http://www.mcall.com/news/local/all-...-newsobits-hed

Paul backers vote selves onto island
Lancaster Newspapers - 12/23/2007
http://local.lancasteronline.com/4/214144

LITTWIN: Tancredo's impact: GOP race, country more mean-spirited
Rocky Mountain News - 12/22/2007
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/new...-country-more/

Ron Paul Blimp Flies the Baltimore Skies to Tout the 'Revolution'
NewsHour - 12/22/2007
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/vote2008...the_balti.html

Amherst airship maker helps Ron Paul blimp get off ground
Daily Hampshire Gazette (subscription) - 12/22/2007
http://www.dailyhampshiregazette.com...fm?id_no=73196

They dropped the money bomb
Concord Monitor - 12/22/2007
http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/p...WS01/712220317

Paul Shaping Up As Spoiler in GOP Race
Newsday - 12/22/2007
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/po...,4583380.story

SALISBURY: Ron Paul Blimp graces Delmarva skies
Delmarva Daily Times - 12/22/2007
http://www.delmarvanow.com/apps/pbcs.../71221022/1002

As Primaries Begin, the FEC Will Shut Down
Washington Post - 12/22/2007
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...l?hpid=topnews

Blimpin’ Ain’t Easy
Slate - 12/21/2007
http://www.slate.com/id/2180796

SNEAK PEEK: The Gifts That Keep on Giving
ABC News - 12/21/2007
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/TheNo...4035687&page=1

Blimp My Ride
Radar Online - 12/21/2007
http://www.radaronline.com/exclusive...mp-my-ride.php

New Media, New Voters: Mixed Messages to Small Donors
Century Foundation - 12/21/2007
http://www.tcf.org/list.asp?type=NC&pubid=1764

Wag the Blog Redux: Making Sense of Ron Paul's Money
Washington Post - 12/21/2007
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/thefi...d=sec-politics

One last campaign hurrah
Boston Globe - 12/20/2007
http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ed...ampaign_hurrah

Paul Shaping Up As Spoiler in GOP Race
The Associated Press - 12/20/2007
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h...rqu5QD8TLCO3G1

HUCKABEE BROKE, ROMNEY BORROWS, GIULIANI DUCKS TERRORIST TIES
American Chronicle - 12/19/2007
http://www.americanchronicle.com/art...rticleID=46438

Will Ron Paul Play Spoiler?
CBS News - 12/19/2007
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/...n3630936.shtml

Brewers have no choice but to stick with Gagne
Sawyer County Record - 12/19/2007
http://www.haywardwis.com/record/ind...tory_id=235242

Ron Paul, a Republican outsider, sets fund-raising record
International Herald Tribune - 12/18/2007
http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/12/18/america/camp.php

Ron Paul supporters take campaign message to the streets
Arkansas Democrat Gazette - 12/18/2007
http://www.nwanews.com/adg/News/211009/

Bainbridge Against Paul
Atlantic Online - 12/18/2007
http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.co...idge-agai.html

Tea Party 2007: Ron Paul Sets a New Campaign Fund-Raising Record
Associated Content - 12/18/2007
http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...ets_a_new.html

You Dropped a Bomb on Me!
AOL News Newsbloggers - 12/18/2007
http://news.aol.com/political-machin...-a-bomb-on-me/

Paul says funding windfall gives campaign hope
Action 3 News - 12/18/2007
http://www.action3news.com/Global/st...&nav=menu550_2

HH Huebert: Ron Paul campaign really taking off
OCRegister - 12/18/2007
http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/pa...6-new-campaign

Ron Paul Raises $6 Million in a 24-Hour Period
NPR - 12/18/2007
http://www.npr.org/blogs/news/2007/1...lion_in_a.html

Paul: Funding Windfall Gives Campaign Hope
KXAN-TV - 12/18/2007
http://www.kxan.com/Global/story.asp?S=7511742&nav=0s3d

Ron Paul is the $6 million man
Milwaukee Small Business Times - 12/18/2007
http://www.biztimes.com/blogs/milwau...-6-million-man

Ron Paul Tops $6 Million In One Day
Guardian Unlimited - 12/18/2007
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlates...160421,00.html

Kerrey supports Clinton
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - 12/18/2007
http://www.journalgazette.net/apps/p...04/1005/NEWS10

Ron Paul Tops $6 Million in One Day
The Associated Press - 12/18/2007
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i...smIgwD8TJHMHO1

Ron Paul Supporters Raise $6 Million In One Day For Republican ...
MTV.com - 12/18/2007
http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/157...217/id_0.jhtml

Ron Paul Beats Own Fundraising Record
Washington Post - 12/17/2007
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-t...l?hpid=topnews

Ron Paul Surpasses Fund Raising Record Held by John Kerry
HNN Huntingtonnews.net - 12/17/2007
http://www.huntingtonnews.net/local/...alronpaul.html

Ron Paul Raises $6 Million in One Day, Revolution in High Gear
NewsLI - 12/17/2007
http://www.newsli.com/2007/12/17/ron...-in-high-gear/

Ron Paul blimp spotted
WIS - 12/17/2007
http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=7508109

Lieberman: Michael Bloomberg for Veep?
Radar Online - 12/17/2007
http://www.radaronline.com/exclusive...ck-solomon.php

Trevor Lyman, the stealth king of political fundraising
DetNews.com - 12/17/2007
http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll...CS01/712170428

Paul says funding windfall gives campaign hope
WCCO - 12/17/2007
http://wcco.com/iowawire/22.0.html?t...-Interview.xml

Paul Nets More than $6 Million
KCRG - 12/17/2007
http://www.kcrg.com/explorepolitics/...im&id=12561231

Bite Size News
Bostonist - 12/17/2007
http://bostonist.com/2007/12/17/bite_size_news_39.php

Presidential Hopeful Ron Paul Raises $6 Million in 24-Hour 'Money ...
ABC News - 12/17/2007
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=4008510

Paul tops $5 million in Web haul
Fort Worth Star Telegram - 12/17/2007
http://www.star-telegram.com/nationa...ry/364056.html

Jane's Addiction Not Yet Booked at Paulapalooza
Radar Online - 12/17/2007
http://www.radaronline.com/exclusive...ulapalooza.php

Jane's Addiction Not Yet Booked at Paulapalooza
Radar Online - 12/17/2007
http://www.radaronline.com/exclusive...ulapalooza.php

How Should Ron Paul Spend All That Cash?
National Review Online - 12/17/2007
http://campaignspot.nationalreview.c...NiMjk1ODg0Njc=

Ron Paul Fundraiser
WCBD-TV - 12/17/2007
http://www.wcbd.com/midatlantic/cbd/...2-16-0009.html

'Money Bomb' Drops On Paul's Campaign
WNBC - 12/17/2007
http://www.wnbc.com/politics/14871768/detail.html

Ron Paul Raises $6 Million Overnight Via the Web
Switched - 12/17/2007
http://www.switched.com/2007/12/17/r...t-via-the-web/

Paul Raises Millions in 24-Hour Effort
The Associated Press - 12/17/2007
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h...Li6awD8TITHPG0

Paul Raises Millions in 24-Hour Effort
Baltimore Sun - 12/16/2007
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nat...,1438932.story

Ron Paul's tea party for dollars
Boston Globe - 12/16/2007
http://www.boston.com/news/politics/...uls_tea_p.html

Ron Paul rakes in the cash in rising presidential bid
Rockford Register Star - 12/16/2007
http://www.rrstar.com/news/columnists/x1720562327

Rochester Group Helps To Bid For Record
KTTC - 12/16/2007
http://www.kttc.com/News/index.php?ID=21240

Boston Tea Party Today
Bostonist - 12/16/2007
http://bostonist.com/2007/12/16/boston_tea_part.php

Paul supporters plan Tea Party re-enactment before Steelers game
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader - 12/16/2007
http://www.timesleader.com/news/ap?articleID=288651

Austin is a stronghold for Ron Paul campaign
Austin American-Statesman - 12/16/2007
http://www.statesman.com/news/conten...16ronpaul.html

The Libertarian Surprise: Ron Paul
Washington Post - 12/16/2007
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...121501314.html

The man behind Paul's fundraising curtain
Los Angeles Times - 12/16/2007
http://www.latimes.com/news/politics...la-home-center

Paul campaign balloons as cash keeps rolling in
Houston Chronicle - 12/15/2007
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5380871.html

The mystery man behind Ron Paul's millions
Los Angeles Times - 12/15/2007
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/wash...aulphenom.html

The mystery man behind Ron Paul's millions
Los Angeles Times - 12/15/2007
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/wash...aulphenom.html

Ron Pauls offbeat campaign generates high enthusiasm, low poll numbers
Kansas City Star - 12/15/2007
http://www.kansascity.com/153/story/404421.html

CAMPAIGN BRIEFS
Fort Worth Star Telegram - 12/15/2007
http://www.star-telegram.com/electio...ry/361586.html

Ron Paul Set to Honor Tea Party
KCRG - 12/15/2007
http://www.kcrg.com/explorepolitics/...im&id=12517906

Big Blimpin': The Ron Paul Blimp Launches but Cancels Boston Stop
Bostonist - 12/14/2007
http://bostonist.com/2007/12/14/big_blimpin_the.php

Supporters of Ron Paul launch blimp in NC
Boston Herald - 12/14/2007
http://www.bostonherald.com/news/200...icleid=1050783

New Ron Paul ad: More than just hot air
Spartanburg Herald Journal (subscription) - 12/14/2007
http://campaign2008.goupstate.com/de...sp?item=290080

Ron And The Giant Blimp
CBS News - 12/14/2007
http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2007/12...y3619242.shtml

Paul campaign blimp update
Boston Globe - 12/14/2007
http://www.boston.com/news/politics/...ampaign_b.html

Ron Paul Blimp Flies
Wired News - 12/14/2007
http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/200...ul-blim-1.html

The Doctor is Calling in New Hampshire
The New American - 12/14/2007
http://thenewamerican.com/node/6635

48 Hours of Freedom
Boston Magazine - 12/14/2007
http://www.bostonmagazine.com/blogs/...of-freedom-14/

Supporters of presidential hopeful Ron Paul launch blimp in NC
Boston Globe - 12/14/2007
http://www.boston.com/news/local/new...ch_blimp_in_nc

Ron Paul Blimp Flying Over Raleigh
Raleigh Chronicle - 12/14/2007
http://www.raleigh2.com/link.asp?sme...yword=&sidate=

Ron Paul supporters launch blimp in NC
White Rock Reviewer - 12/14/2007
http://www.onelocalnews.com/whiteroc...news&id=104320

Supporters/Media Await Congressman Ron Paul Status With Bated Breath
NewsLI - 12/14/2007
http://www.newsli.com/2007/12/14/sup...-bated-breath/

The Blimp Is Up
New York Times - 12/14/2007
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2...e-blimp-is-up/

RealClearPolitics
Politics Nation - 12/14/2007
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/pol..._oh_shift.html

Paul Supporters Launch A Blimp
KWTX - 12/14/2007
http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/12511096.html

Imagining a Ron Paul Presidency
National Review Online - 12/14/2007
http://campaignspot.nationalreview.c...EyNDRiNjY5NjI=

A blimp flies for Ron Paul
Baltimore Sun - 12/13/2007
http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news..._ron_paul.html

Ron Paul blimp trip to Boston delayed
Boston Globe - 12/13/2007
http://www.boston.com/news/politics/...aul_blimp.html

Ron Paul Surpasses Fred Thompson as the New Straw Poll Leader Says ...
Emediawire (press release) - 12/13/2007
http://www.emediawire.com/releases/2.../emw569487.htm

Paul's pals move to NH to cast votes
The Hill - 12/12/2007
http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/...007-12-12.html

Paul's pals move to NH to cast votes
The Hill - 12/12/2007
http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/...007-12-12.html

Paul offers healthcare prescription
Boston Globe - 12/12/2007
http://www.boston.com/news/politics/...ffers_hea.html

MUGGER: PAULITICS AS USUAL
New York Press - 12/12/2007
http://www.nypress.com/contentswitch.cfm?cid=19844

Huckabee under fire
MSNBC - 12/12/2007
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17024743/

First Take: The Final Republican Debate
Atlantic Online - 12/12/2007
http://marcambinder.theatlantic.com/..._republica.php

Boston Tea Party to be Commemorated by Ron Paul Supporters
Dawson Times - 12/12/2007
http://www.dawsontimes.com/news30534...-paul-su.shtml

Tis Better To Give
National Journal - 12/12/2007
http://hotlineblog.nationaljournal.c...tter_to_g.html

Mainstream media alert: Ron Paul news assault starts
Los Angeles Times - 12/11/2007
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/wash...ream-medi.html

Michael Smolens chat transcript
San Diego Union Tribune - 12/11/2007
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/p...ranscript.html

Ron Paul Supporters Hack Campaign Finance Law to Send Blimp Aloft
Wired News - 12/11/2007
http://www.wired.com/politics/law/ne.../12/paul_blimp

Ron Paul Campaign Looks To Energize Donors With Tea Party
KXAN-TV - 12/11/2007
http://www.kxan.com/Global/story.asp?S=7483261

Ron Paul blimp coming to Manassas
Manassas Journal Messenger - 12/11/2007
http://www.manassasjm.com/servlet/Sa...53817591&path=

Cheese pizza powers the Ron Paul revolution
Baltimore Sun - 12/11/2007
http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news...he_ron_pa.html

A Paul on Paul Supporters: 'Crazy in a Good Way'
Washington Post - 12/11/2007
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-t...rs_craz_1.html

How Ron Paul Can Ruin Fred Thompson
The Plank on TNR.com - 12/11/2007
http://blogs.tnr.com/tnr/blogs/the_s...-thompson.aspx

The Ron Paul revolution: It has just begun to fight
Chicago Tribune - 12/11/2007
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/n...,4510646.story

Ron Paul blimp coming to Manassas
Potomac News - 12/11/2007
http://www.potomacnews.com/servlet/S...53817591&path=

The Buzz: Blimp touts Ron Paul campaign
Kansas City Star - 12/11/2007
http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation/story/398245.html

The Ron Paul Wake Up Call
National Ledger - 12/11/2007
http://www.nationalledger.com/artman...72617654.shtml

The Ron Paul Wake Up Call
National Ledger - 12/11/2007
http://www.nationalledger.com/artman...72617654.shtml

John Stossel Takes on Ron Paul
KCRG - 12/11/2007
http://www.kcrg.com/explorepolitics/...im&id=12374686

Ron Paul revolution: It has just begun to fight
Chicago Tribune - 12/11/2007
http://www.chicagotribune.com/servic...?coll=chi_mezz

The Ron Paul revolution: It has just begun to fight
Chicago Tribune - 12/11/2007
http://www.chicagotribune.com/servic...i_breaking_500

Ron Paul, a Write-In Candidate
Washington Post - 12/11/2007
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-t...candidate.html

Ron Paul blimp coming to Manassas
Inside NoVA - 12/11/2007
http://www.insidenova.com/servlet/Sa...=1173353817591

A Paul on Paul Supporters: 'Crazy in a Good Way'
Washington Post - 12/11/2007
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-t...l?hpid=topnews

Boston Daily
Boston Magazine - 12/10/2007
http://www.bostonmagazine.com/blogs/...pauls-airship/

Ron Paul Gets His Own Blimp
Associated Content - 12/10/2007
http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...own_blimp.html

Paul grass roots take to the skies
Washington Times - 12/10/2007
http://www.washingtontimes.com/artic...112100033/1002

Boston Daily
Boston Magazine - 12/10/2007
http://www.bostonmagazine.com/blogs/...ng-the-web-66/

The Daily 2008
Yahoo! News - 12/10/2007
http://news.yahoo.com/s/realclearpol..._daily_2008142

Kenny G Novelty Voiceover Mixes Never Sleep
Washington City Paper - 12/10/2007
http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/b...s-never-sleep/

On The HUSTINGS
New York Sun - 12/10/2007
http://www.nysun.com/article/67789

First thoughts: All tied up
MSNBC - 12/10/2007
http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archi...10/507731.aspx

Lobbyist to lead reform coalition
News & Observer - 12/10/2007
http://www.newsobserver.com/politics/story/820254.html

Big Blimpin': Ron Paul Blimp Coming to Boston
Bostonist - 12/10/2007
http://bostonist.com/2007/12/10/big_blimpin_ron.php

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a -- blimp!
Washington Times - 12/10/2007
http://video1.washingtontimes.com/di...e_its_a_b.html

Look, up in the sky!
Concord Monitor - 12/09/2007
http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/p...WS01/712090414

Campaign Takeout
New York Daily News - 12/09/2007
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/poli...n_takeout.html

Paul’s Supporters Take to the Air
New York Times Blogs - 12/08/2007
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2...ke-to-the-air/

Ron Paul supporters to launch blimp from eastern NC
Winston-Salem Journal - 12/08/2007
http://www.journalnow.com/servlet/Sa...=1037645509099

A long-shot bid draws dollars, fierce loyalty
Charlotte Observer - 12/08/2007
http://www.charlotte.com/breaking_ne...ry/396296.html

Ron Paul supporters to launch blimp from eastern NC
WCAX - 12/08/2007
http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=7469108&nav=4QcS

News Minute: Here is the latest New Hampshire news from The ...
WCAX - 12/08/2007
http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp...5&nav=4QcSb5Hx

Ron Paul Supporters To Launch Blimp From Eastern North Carolina
WCSH-TV - 12/08/2007
http://www.wcsh6.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=76172

Paul's campaign blimp will be coming to Boston
Boston Globe - 12/08/2007
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/ar...ming_to_boston

Ron Paul Supporters To Launch Blimp From Eastern NC
WITN TV - 12/08/2007
http://www.witntv.com/home/headlines/12275951.html

Paul supporters look for lift to keep blimp on the move
Fort Worth Star Telegram - 12/08/2007
http://www.star-telegram.com/electio...ry/348796.html

Ron Paul Blimp Headed for New Hampshire
Associated Content - 12/08/2007
http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...hampshire.html

Long-shot bid draws fierce loyalty
Charlotte Observer - 12/08/2007
http://www.charlotte.com/694/story/396296.html

Ron Paul Takes Ads To New Heights
Washington Post - 12/08/2007
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...120702497.html

Mckarnin
04-04-2008, 11:48 AM
Thanks Primbs! That list still makes me excited. :D

Katharine



Ron Paul's own words on the blimp. "Yes it is fantastic, we have probably gotten millions of dollars worth of advertising from that."
"The Blimp is one of the eye catching events probably in the history of this country campaigning for a presidential candidate."

http://www.wmur.com/video/14996064/index.html


From Texas Liberty

Media total for 1/27/08
---- Media Reports ----
443 total media reports
Of those,
23 were TV
237 were non-TV major media
183 were blogs or internet mentions

---- Sources ----
206 total separate media sources
Of those,
14 were TV
135 were non-TV major media
57 were blogs or internet sources

---- Estimated Value ----
Using an estimated average major media value of $2500
and an estimated blog mention value of $100,
and an estimated cost of:
$20000 for a 30 second prime-time FOX TV ad ($3500 non-prime-time)
$30000 for a 30 second prime-time CNN TV ad ($6500 non-prime-time)
$2400 for a 30 second general prime-time TV ad ($600 non-prime-time)
(reference: NY Times, see http://tinyurl.com/2zb9lx)
Estimated TV media value: $219526
(CNN: $122633, Fox: $13333, other: $83560)
[CNN airtime secs: 0 primetime, 566 non-prime-time]
[FOX airtime secs: 20 primetime, 0 non-prime-time]
[Other airtime secs: 656 primetime, 1554 non-prime-time]
Estimated non-TV major media value: $592500
Estimated blog media value: $18300
Estimated total media value: $830326

Here is the list break out.

I am not sure it is complete. It is tough work to round up all the stories about the blimp.

http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?t=89114&highlight=blimp+earned+media

Here's segment 1, TV media:

TV
--------------------------
Grassroots Supporters Going the Extra Mile (TV)
Live 5 News - 1/13/2008
http://www.live5news.com/news/state/13739657.html

Who is Ron Paul? Read His Blimp (TV)
WTOC - 1/10/2008
http://www.wtoctv.com/Global/SearchR...ss&qu=ron+paul

Gov. Mark Sanford and the Ron Paul Blimp (TV)
Media General Washington Bureau - 1/10/2008
http://www.mgwashington.com/index.ph...aul-blimp/229/

Candidate Takes Campaign Message Skyward
NBC San Diego - 1/2/2008
http://video.nbcsandiego.com/player/?id=200541

Central Florida News 13 Covers Blimp Over Citrus Bowl
Central Florida News 13 - 1/1/2008
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seK4XIDDowY

Ron Paul blimp visits Jax
Jacksonville.com - 12/28/2007
http://www.brightcove.tv/title.jsp?title=1359304352

The Ron Paul Blimp
Slate V - 12/26/2007
http://www.slatev.com/player.html?id=1357341099

Ron Paul Blimp Turns Heads on Route 29 (TV news report)
WCAV - 12/24/2007
http://www.charlottesvillenewsplex.t...12807952.html#

Birdie Senate Chase 12-18-2007
CNN - 12/18/2007
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/off...bird.loose.cnn

Ron Paul's Air Force (1 of 2)
CNN - 12/17/2007
http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ga-cwedk504

Debate Mutiny and Ron Paul Blimp
CNN - 12/17/2007
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/off....at.debate.cnn

Ron Paul's Air Force (2 of 2)
CNN - 12/17/2007
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYoZ4iVavwI

John and Abbi discuss Ron Paul's "Remarkable" Tea Party Haul and mention the Ron Paul Blimp
CNN - 12/17/2007
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytfwbpdf_JQ

Ron Paul: $6 million haul and blimp on CNN (12/17/07)
CNN - 12/17/2007
http://youtube.com/watch?v=8L0JJynqw8Q

CNN reporter in snowy boston discusses the Tea Party, Money Bomb, and Ron Paul Blimp
CNN - 12/16/2007
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytfwbpdf_JQ

Ron Paul Blimp On Special Report
FOX - 12/15/2007
http://youtube.com/watch?v=0Ldvq9pN-MA

CNN Ron Paul Blimp Blurb
CNN - 12/14/2007
http://youtube.com/watch?v=bp8QmJhEvXE

Ron Paul Blimp discussed in the Situation Room (first major media mention)
CNN - 12/07/2007
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Y6WtEQfyM0

Tucker Carlson discusses the Ron Paul Blimp
MSNBC - 12/07/2007
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIFsq0KEeHc

-------------------------------------------------------------------------

Segment 2: Major print media, part 1
Major media
--------------------------
Early voting: Mustering support falls on armies of volunteers
The Tennessean - 01/14/2008
http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs....3015/1001/NEWS

Grassroot Supporters Going the Extra Mile
Live 5 News - 01/13/2008
http://www.live5news.com/news/state/13739657.html

Republican Ron Paul flies high above debate
Reuters - 01/11/2008
http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/200...-above-debate/

Republican debate raises a ruckus in South Carolina
Post-Bulletin - 01/11/2008
http://www.postbulletin.com/newsmana...p?a=322970&z=2

All eyes on GOP in Myrtle Beach
South Carolina Now - 01/11/2008
http://www.scnow.com/midatlantic/scp...1-10-0010.html

The Morning After: A GOP debate in review
Swampland - 01/11/2008
http://www.time-blog.com/swampland/2...op_debate.html

Backers give Paul plenty of air time
Myrtle Beach Sun News - 01/11/2008
http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/new...ry/310675.html

6 GOP hopefuls trade ideas, barbs in SC
Brazosport Facts (subscription) - 01/11/2008
http://thefacts.com/story.lasso?ewcd=03118dd8ebfafc3c

Gov. Mark Sanford and the Ron Paul Blimp
Media General Washington Bureau - 01/11/2008
http://www.mgwashington.com/index.ph...aul-blimp/229/

Ron Paul Vows to Take Campaign to NH
The Associated Press - 01/10/2008
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h...9HizwD8TURE6G0

COVER- High hopes: Locals pump up Barack, Hillary, Mitt, and more ...
The Hook - 01/10/2008
http://www.readthehook.com/stories/2...rez-B.rtf.aspx

4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
The Hook - 01/10/2008
http://www.readthehook.com/stories/2...702-B.rtf.aspx

Who Is Ron Paul? Read His Blimp
WTOC - 01/10/2008
http://www.wtoctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=7601674

Ron Paul's Bloody Victory
Village Voice - 01/09/2008
http://www.villagevoice.com/news/080...n,78817,2.html

Paul's stubborn consistency on Iraq deserves respect
Seattle Times - 01/09/2008
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...91_rams09.html

Who's minding the blimp?
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 01/09/2008
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_546479.html

Supporters use nontraditional methods to promote candidates
Gainesville Sun - 01/08/2008
http://www.gainesville.com/article/2...0323/1002/NEWS

Wacko idea? Ron Paul blimp takes politics to new heights
The Virginian-Pilot - 01/07/2008
http://hamptonroads.com/2008/01/wack...cs-new-heights

Bid Now on the Ron Paul RV!
Radar Online - 01/07/2008
http://www.radaronline.com/exclusive...click-away.php

I knew it was fiction because it came from the fiction section
The Virginian-Pilot - 01/07/2008
http://hamptonroads.com/2008/01/i-kn...iction-section

Ron Paul blimp takes campaign to 'next level'
Savannah Morning News - 01/06/2008
http://savannahnow.com/node/425829

Ron Paul Calls Iowa 'Just The Beginning'
KCCI.com - 01/04/2008
http://www.kcci.com/politics/14978226/detail.html

Paul to take campaign to New Hampshire
Brocktown News - 01/04/2008
http://www.localnewsleader.com/brock...news&id=233855

Supporters Mull Over Internet Candidate Ron Paul's Fifth Place in ...
Wired News - 01/04/2008
http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/200...ters-mull.html

Rep. Ron Paul vows to take GOP campaign to New Hampshire
KPTM-TV - 01/04/2008
http://www.kptm.com/Global/story.asp...&nav=menu606_2

O2 Secure Wireless, Inc. Soars With the "Ron Paul Blimp"
FOX News - 01/03/2008
http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/i...422866_12.html

Candidate Takes Campaign Message Skyward
NBC Sandiego.com - 01/03/2008
http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/14965469/detail.html

Whatís Been Missing? Late Night!
New York Times Blogs - 01/03/2008
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2...ng-late-night/

The Ron Paul Iowa Conspiracy
National Ledger - 1/02/2008
http://www.nationalledger.com/artman...72618022.shtml

Ron Paul Blimp To Reach 70000 Voters At Capital One Bowl
Central Florida News 13 - 01/01/2008
http://www.cfnews13.com/Politics/Flo..._one_bowl.html

Ron Paul Country?
The Ledger - 12/31/2007
http://blogs.theledger.com/default.asp?item=724897

Flying billboard takes Paul campaign to the sky
Houston Chronicle - 12/30/2007
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5410952.html

How to separate the wheat from the chaff with these candidates?
Asheville Citizen-Times - 12/30/2007
http://citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.d...007/COLUMNISTS

Global warming ... or just a lot of hot air?
St. Petersburg Times - 12/30/2007
http://www.sptimes.com/2007/12/30/St...g__or_ju.shtml

Paul shaping up as spoiler in GOP race
Brocktown News - 12/29/2007
http://www.localnewsleader.com/brock...news&id=225555

Ron Paul Signs Appear On Freeway
Raleigh Chronicle - 12/29/2007
http://www.raleigh2.com/link.asp?sme...yword=&sidate=

Why Ron Paul's message resonates
Central Maine Morning Sentinel - 12/28/2007
http://morningsentinel.mainetoday.co...s/4583600.html

Jacksonville Journal
Florida Times-Union - 12/28/2007
http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-onlin...29546919.shtml

Candidate's Blimp Floats to Jacksonville
WOKV - 12/28/2007
http://wokv.com/news/local/122707_blimp.html

Amherst blimp maker gives Ron Paul campaign a lift
Amherst Bulletin - 12/27/2007
http://www.amherstbulletin.com/story/id/73892/

Can Ron Paul go mainstream?
Baltimore Sun - 12/27/2007
http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news...ainstream.html

Paul reportedly sets one-day money record
Keokuk Gate City Daily - 12/26/2007
http://www.dailygate.com/articles/20...26/news/07.txt

It's a Wonderful Party part 2
AOL News Newsbloggers - 12/26/2007
http://news.aol.com/political-machin...-party-part-2/

Ron Paul: The Next Abraham Lincoln?
PW-Philadelphia Weekly - 12/26/2007
http://willdo.philadelphiaweekly.com...ul_the_ne.html

We Regret These Errors.
TheStranger.com - 12/26/2007
http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/Content?oid=469945

Here we go again, not ignoring Ron Paul
Los Angeles Times - 12/24/2007
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/wash...paulrules.html

Paul shaping up as spoiler in GOP race
Westfall Weekly News - 12/24/2007
http://www.newsone.ca/westfallweekly...news&id=107803

Ron Paul Blimp Turns Heads on Route 29 (web news report)
WCAV - 12/24/2007
http://www.charlottesvillenewsplex.t...12807952.html#

Ron Paul: From Dr. No to campaign sensation
Allentown Morning Call - 12/24/2007
http://www.mcall.com/news/local/all-...-newsobits-hed

Paul backers vote selves onto island
Lancaster Newspapers - 12/23/2007
http://local.lancasteronline.com/4/214144

LITTWIN: Tancredo's impact: GOP race, country more mean-spirited
Rocky Mountain News - 12/22/2007
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/new...-country-more/

Ron Paul Blimp Flies the Baltimore Skies to Tout the 'Revolution'
NewsHour - 12/22/2007
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/vote2008...the_balti.html

Amherst airship maker helps Ron Paul blimp get off ground
Daily Hampshire Gazette (subscription) - 12/22/2007
http://www.dailyhampshiregazette.com...fm?id_no=73196

They dropped the money bomb
Concord Monitor - 12/22/2007
http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/p...WS01/712220317

Paul Shaping Up As Spoiler in GOP Race
Newsday - 12/22/2007
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/po...,4583380.story

SALISBURY: Ron Paul Blimp graces Delmarva skies
Delmarva Daily Times - 12/22/2007
http://www.delmarvanow.com/apps/pbcs.../71221022/1002

As Primaries Begin, the FEC Will Shut Down
Washington Post - 12/22/2007
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...l?hpid=topnews

Blimpiní Ainít Easy
Slate - 12/21/2007
http://www.slate.com/id/2180796

SNEAK PEEK: The Gifts That Keep on Giving
ABC News - 12/21/2007
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/TheNo...4035687&page=1

Blimp My Ride
Radar Online - 12/21/2007
http://www.radaronline.com/exclusive...mp-my-ride.php

New Media, New Voters: Mixed Messages to Small Donors
Century Foundation - 12/21/2007
http://www.tcf.org/list.asp?type=NC&pubid=1764

Wag the Blog Redux: Making Sense of Ron Paul's Money
Washington Post - 12/21/2007
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/thefi...d=sec-politics

One last campaign hurrah
Boston Globe - 12/20/2007
http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ed...ampaign_hurrah

Paul Shaping Up As Spoiler in GOP Race
The Associated Press - 12/20/2007
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h...rqu5QD8TLCO3G1

HUCKABEE BROKE, ROMNEY BORROWS, GIULIANI DUCKS TERRORIST TIES
American Chronicle - 12/19/2007
http://www.americanchronicle.com/art...rticleID=46438

Will Ron Paul Play Spoiler?
CBS News - 12/19/2007
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/...n3630936.shtml

Brewers have no choice but to stick with Gagne
Sawyer County Record - 12/19/2007
http://www.haywardwis.com/record/ind...tory_id=235242

Ron Paul, a Republican outsider, sets fund-raising record
International Herald Tribune - 12/18/2007
http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/12/18/america/camp.php

Ron Paul supporters take campaign message to the streets
Arkansas Democrat Gazette - 12/18/2007
http://www.nwanews.com/adg/News/211009/

Bainbridge Against Paul
Atlantic Online - 12/18/2007
http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.co...idge-agai.html

Tea Party 2007: Ron Paul Sets a New Campaign Fund-Raising Record
Associated Content - 12/18/2007
http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...ets_a_new.html

You Dropped a Bomb on Me!
AOL News Newsbloggers - 12/18/2007
http://news.aol.com/political-machin...-a-bomb-on-me/

Paul says funding windfall gives campaign hope
Action 3 News - 12/18/2007
http://www.action3news.com/Global/st...&nav=menu550_2

HH Huebert: Ron Paul campaign really taking off
OCRegister - 12/18/2007
http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/pa...6-new-campaign

Ron Paul Raises $6 Million in a 24-Hour Period
NPR - 12/18/2007
http://www.npr.org/blogs/news/2007/1...lion_in_a.html

Paul: Funding Windfall Gives Campaign Hope
KXAN-TV - 12/18/2007
http://www.kxan.com/Global/story.asp?S=7511742&nav=0s3d

Ron Paul is the $6 million man
Milwaukee Small Business Times - 12/18/2007
http://www.biztimes.com/blogs/milwau...-6-million-man

Ron Paul Tops $6 Million In One Day
Guardian Unlimited - 12/18/2007
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlates...160421,00.html

Kerrey supports Clinton
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - 12/18/2007
http://www.journalgazette.net/apps/p...04/1005/NEWS10

Ron Paul Tops $6 Million in One Day
The Associated Press - 12/18/2007
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i...smIgwD8TJHMHO1

Ron Paul Supporters Raise $6 Million In One Day For Republican ...
MTV.com - 12/18/2007
http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/157...217/id_0.jhtml

Ron Paul Beats Own Fundraising Record
Washington Post - 12/17/2007
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-t...l?hpid=topnews

Ron Paul Surpasses Fund Raising Record Held by John Kerry
HNN Huntingtonnews.net - 12/17/2007
http://www.huntingtonnews.net/local/...alronpaul.html

Ron Paul Raises $6 Million in One Day, Revolution in High Gear
NewsLI - 12/17/2007
http://www.newsli.com/2007/12/17/ron...-in-high-gear/

Ron Paul blimp spotted
WIS - 12/17/2007
http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=7508109

Lieberman: Michael Bloomberg for Veep?
Radar Online - 12/17/2007
http://www.radaronline.com/exclusive...ck-solomon.php

Trevor Lyman, the stealth king of political fundraising
DetNews.com - 12/17/2007
http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll...CS01/712170428

Paul says funding windfall gives campaign hope
WCCO - 12/17/2007
http://wcco.com/iowawire/22.0.html?t...-Interview.xml

Paul Nets More than $6 Million
KCRG - 12/17/2007
http://www.kcrg.com/explorepolitics/...im&id=12561231

Bite Size News
Bostonist - 12/17/2007
http://bostonist.com/2007/12/17/bite_size_news_39.php

Presidential Hopeful Ron Paul Raises $6 Million in 24-Hour 'Money ...
ABC News - 12/17/2007
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=4008510

Paul tops $5 million in Web haul
Fort Worth Star Telegram - 12/17/2007
http://www.star-telegram.com/nationa...ry/364056.html

Jane's Addiction Not Yet Booked at Paulapalooza
Radar Online - 12/17/2007
http://www.radaronline.com/exclusive...ulapalooza.php

Jane's Addiction Not Yet Booked at Paulapalooza
Radar Online - 12/17/2007
http://www.radaronline.com/exclusive...ulapalooza.php

How Should Ron Paul Spend All That Cash?
National Review Online - 12/17/2007
http://campaignspot.nationalreview.c...NiMjk1ODg0Njc=

Ron Paul Fundraiser
WCBD-TV - 12/17/2007
http://www.wcbd.com/midatlantic/cbd/...2-16-0009.html

'Money Bomb' Drops On Paul's Campaign
WNBC - 12/17/2007
http://www.wnbc.com/politics/14871768/detail.html

Ron Paul Raises $6 Million Overnight Via the Web
Switched - 12/17/2007
http://www.switched.com/2007/12/17/r...t-via-the-web/

Paul Raises Millions in 24-Hour Effort
The Associated Press - 12/17/2007
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h...Li6awD8TITHPG0

Paul Raises Millions in 24-Hour Effort
Baltimore Sun - 12/16/2007
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nat...,1438932.story

Ron Paul's tea party for dollars
Boston Globe - 12/16/2007
http://www.boston.com/news/politics/...uls_tea_p.html

Ron Paul rakes in the cash in rising presidential bid
Rockford Register Star - 12/16/2007
http://www.rrstar.com/news/columnists/x1720562327

Rochester Group Helps To Bid For Record
KTTC - 12/16/2007
http://www.kttc.com/News/index.php?ID=21240

Boston Tea Party Today
Bostonist - 12/16/2007
http://bostonist.com/2007/12/16/boston_tea_part.php

Paul supporters plan Tea Party re-enactment before Steelers game
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader - 12/16/2007
http://www.timesleader.com/news/ap?articleID=288651

Austin is a stronghold for Ron Paul campaign
Austin American-Statesman - 12/16/2007
http://www.statesman.com/news/conten...16ronpaul.html

The Libertarian Surprise: Ron Paul
Washington Post - 12/16/2007
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...121501314.html

The man behind Paul's fundraising curtain
Los Angeles Times - 12/16/2007
http://www.latimes.com/news/politics...la-home-center

Paul campaign balloons as cash keeps rolling in
Houston Chronicle - 12/15/2007
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5380871.html

The mystery man behind Ron Paul's millions
Los Angeles Times - 12/15/2007
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/wash...aulphenom.html

The mystery man behind Ron Paul's millions
Los Angeles Times - 12/15/2007
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/wash...aulphenom.html

Ron Pauls offbeat campaign generates high enthusiasm, low poll numbers
Kansas City Star - 12/15/2007
http://www.kansascity.com/153/story/404421.html

CAMPAIGN BRIEFS
Fort Worth Star Telegram - 12/15/2007
http://www.star-telegram.com/electio...ry/361586.html

Ron Paul Set to Honor Tea Party
KCRG - 12/15/2007
http://www.kcrg.com/explorepolitics/...im&id=12517906

Big Blimpin': The Ron Paul Blimp Launches but Cancels Boston Stop
Bostonist - 12/14/2007
http://bostonist.com/2007/12/14/big_blimpin_the.php

Supporters of Ron Paul launch blimp in NC
Boston Herald - 12/14/2007
http://www.bostonherald.com/news/200...icleid=1050783

New Ron Paul ad: More than just hot air
Spartanburg Herald Journal (subscription) - 12/14/2007
http://campaign2008.goupstate.com/de...sp?item=290080

Ron And The Giant Blimp
CBS News - 12/14/2007
http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2007/12...y3619242.shtml

Paul campaign blimp update
Boston Globe - 12/14/2007
http://www.boston.com/news/politics/...ampaign_b.html

Ron Paul Blimp Flies
Wired News - 12/14/2007
http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/200...ul-blim-1.html

The Doctor is Calling in New Hampshire
The New American - 12/14/2007
http://thenewamerican.com/node/6635

48 Hours of Freedom
Boston Magazine - 12/14/2007
http://www.bostonmagazine.com/blogs/...of-freedom-14/

Supporters of presidential hopeful Ron Paul launch blimp in NC
Boston Globe - 12/14/2007
http://www.boston.com/news/local/new...ch_blimp_in_nc

Ron Paul Blimp Flying Over Raleigh
Raleigh Chronicle - 12/14/2007
http://www.raleigh2.com/link.asp?sme...yword=&sidate=

Ron Paul supporters launch blimp in NC
White Rock Reviewer - 12/14/2007
http://www.onelocalnews.com/whiteroc...news&id=104320

Supporters/Media Await Congressman Ron Paul Status With Bated Breath
NewsLI - 12/14/2007
http://www.newsli.com/2007/12/14/sup...-bated-breath/

The Blimp Is Up
New York Times - 12/14/2007
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2...e-blimp-is-up/

RealClearPolitics
Politics Nation - 12/14/2007
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/pol..._oh_shift.html

Paul Supporters Launch A Blimp
KWTX - 12/14/2007
http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/12511096.html

Imagining a Ron Paul Presidency
National Review Online - 12/14/2007
http://campaignspot.nationalreview.c...EyNDRiNjY5NjI=

A blimp flies for Ron Paul
Baltimore Sun - 12/13/2007
http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news..._ron_paul.html

Ron Paul blimp trip to Boston delayed
Boston Globe - 12/13/2007
http://www.boston.com/news/politics/...aul_blimp.html

Ron Paul Surpasses Fred Thompson as the New Straw Poll Leader Says ...
Emediawire (press release) - 12/13/2007
http://www.emediawire.com/releases/2.../emw569487.htm

Paul's pals move to NH to cast votes
The Hill - 12/12/2007
http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/...007-12-12.html

Paul's pals move to NH to cast votes
The Hill - 12/12/2007
http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/...007-12-12.html

Paul offers healthcare prescription
Boston Globe - 12/12/2007
http://www.boston.com/news/politics/...ffers_hea.html

MUGGER: PAULITICS AS USUAL
New York Press - 12/12/2007
http://www.nypress.com/contentswitch.cfm?cid=19844

Huckabee under fire
MSNBC - 12/12/2007
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17024743/

First Take: The Final Republican Debate
Atlantic Online - 12/12/2007
http://marcambinder.theatlantic.com/..._republica.php

Boston Tea Party to be Commemorated by Ron Paul Supporters
Dawson Times - 12/12/2007
http://www.dawsontimes.com/news30534...-paul-su.shtml

Tis Better To Give
National Journal - 12/12/2007
http://hotlineblog.nationaljournal.c...tter_to_g.html

Mainstream media alert: Ron Paul news assault starts
Los Angeles Times - 12/11/2007
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/wash...ream-medi.html

Michael Smolens chat transcript
San Diego Union Tribune - 12/11/2007
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/p...ranscript.html

Ron Paul Supporters Hack Campaign Finance Law to Send Blimp Aloft
Wired News - 12/11/2007
http://www.wired.com/politics/law/ne.../12/paul_blimp

Ron Paul Campaign Looks To Energize Donors With Tea Party
KXAN-TV - 12/11/2007
http://www.kxan.com/Global/story.asp?S=7483261

Ron Paul blimp coming to Manassas
Manassas Journal Messenger - 12/11/2007
http://www.manassasjm.com/servlet/Sa...53817591&path=

Cheese pizza powers the Ron Paul revolution
Baltimore Sun - 12/11/2007
http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news...he_ron_pa.html

A Paul on Paul Supporters: 'Crazy in a Good Way'
Washington Post - 12/11/2007
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-t...rs_craz_1.html

How Ron Paul Can Ruin Fred Thompson
The Plank on TNR.com - 12/11/2007
http://blogs.tnr.com/tnr/blogs/the_s...-thompson.aspx

The Ron Paul revolution: It has just begun to fight
Chicago Tribune - 12/11/2007
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/n...,4510646.story

Ron Paul blimp coming to Manassas
Potomac News - 12/11/2007
http://www.potomacnews.com/servlet/S...53817591&path=

The Buzz: Blimp touts Ron Paul campaign
Kansas City Star - 12/11/2007
http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation/story/398245.html

The Ron Paul Wake Up Call
National Ledger - 12/11/2007
http://www.nationalledger.com/artman...72617654.shtml

The Ron Paul Wake Up Call
National Ledger - 12/11/2007
http://www.nationalledger.com/artman...72617654.shtml

John Stossel Takes on Ron Paul
KCRG - 12/11/2007
http://www.kcrg.com/explorepolitics/...im&id=12374686

Ron Paul revolution: It has just begun to fight
Chicago Tribune - 12/11/2007
http://www.chicagotribune.com/servic...?coll=chi_mezz

The Ron Paul revolution: It has just begun to fight
Chicago Tribune - 12/11/2007
http://www.chicagotribune.com/servic...i_breaking_500

Ron Paul, a Write-In Candidate
Washington Post - 12/11/2007
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-t...candidate.html

Ron Paul blimp coming to Manassas
Inside NoVA - 12/11/2007
http://www.insidenova.com/servlet/Sa...=1173353817591

A Paul on Paul Supporters: 'Crazy in a Good Way'
Washington Post - 12/11/2007
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-t...l?hpid=topnews

Boston Daily
Boston Magazine - 12/10/2007
http://www.bostonmagazine.com/blogs/...pauls-airship/

Ron Paul Gets His Own Blimp
Associated Content - 12/10/2007
http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...own_blimp.html

Paul grass roots take to the skies
Washington Times - 12/10/2007
http://www.washingtontimes.com/artic...112100033/1002

Boston Daily
Boston Magazine - 12/10/2007
http://www.bostonmagazine.com/blogs/...ng-the-web-66/

The Daily 2008
Yahoo! News - 12/10/2007
http://news.yahoo.com/s/realclearpol..._daily_2008142

Kenny G Novelty Voiceover Mixes Never Sleep
Washington City Paper - 12/10/2007
http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/b...s-never-sleep/

On The HUSTINGS
New York Sun - 12/10/2007
http://www.nysun.com/article/67789

First thoughts: All tied up
MSNBC - 12/10/2007
http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archi...10/507731.aspx

Lobbyist to lead reform coalition
News & Observer - 12/10/2007
http://www.newsobserver.com/politics/story/820254.html

Big Blimpin': Ron Paul Blimp Coming to Boston
Bostonist - 12/10/2007
http://bostonist.com/2007/12/10/big_blimpin_ron.php

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a -- blimp!
Washington Times - 12/10/2007
http://video1.washingtontimes.com/di...e_its_a_b.html

Look, up in the sky!
Concord Monitor - 12/09/2007
http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/p...WS01/712090414

Campaign Takeout
New York Daily News - 12/09/2007
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/poli...n_takeout.html

Paulís Supporters Take to the Air
New York Times Blogs - 12/08/2007
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2...ke-to-the-air/

Ron Paul supporters to launch blimp from eastern NC
Winston-Salem Journal - 12/08/2007
http://www.journalnow.com/servlet/Sa...=1037645509099

A long-shot bid draws dollars, fierce loyalty
Charlotte Observer - 12/08/2007
http://www.charlotte.com/breaking_ne...ry/396296.html

Ron Paul supporters to launch blimp from eastern NC
WCAX - 12/08/2007
http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=7469108&nav=4QcS

News Minute: Here is the latest New Hampshire news from The ...
WCAX - 12/08/2007
http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp...5&nav=4QcSb5Hx

Ron Paul Supporters To Launch Blimp From Eastern North Carolina
WCSH-TV - 12/08/2007
http://www.wcsh6.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=76172

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ARealConservative
04-04-2008, 12:43 PM
IMO the blimp was a far better use of funds then subsidizing some retired people to drive an RV around the country constantly fixing the stupid thing.

You want to talk sideshow circus - how about a monkey in a diaper?

OptionsTrader
04-04-2008, 12:46 PM
Cool? Yes.

Useful? Not so much.

Lawyers, media teams, and salaries? It was a distraction more than anything in my opinion.

ARealConservative
04-04-2008, 12:49 PM
Cool? Yes.

Useful? Not so much.

Lawyers, media teams, and salaries? It was a distraction more than anything in my opinion.

I tend to agree.

I will say though, co-workers were way impressed that the blimp made it off the ground. It did nothing to change the fringe perception they already had however.

thuja
04-04-2008, 12:59 PM
I have no way of proving anything about votes either way but the blimp did get amazing levels of media coverage which really was something that Ron Paul was lacking. Much more than $600,000 worth. This link is to an old thread that I made showing our coverage over 8 days in GA and SC: http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?t=94039&highlight=uncensored+blimp
Again, I know this doesn't speak to votes but this coverage was largely in SC in the days right before the primary.

i loved the blimp always! we did get publicity from it, and i wish we still were, or that we would again. a sense of fun and fanfare never hurt. not everything has to be all stodgy and tenacious and grim all the time. this had good spirit.

ItsTime
04-04-2008, 01:06 PM
People are still jumping to the LARGE assumption that air time for the blimp WAS GOOD. It was not. Proof is in the pudding.

bucfish
04-04-2008, 01:09 PM
Like the Blimp or not it was Creative. All the Blimp Haters are just what is wrong. Support those things which you beleive in that Support Ron Paul naysaying such projects is counterproductive and should be ignored.

All in All the Blimp raised awareness! RP had 1% name recognition when he entered this campaign.

ItsTime
04-04-2008, 01:15 PM
There is good name recognition and there is bad, then there is just "oh the blimp guy" The blimp was what was counterproductive. People who come up with insane ideas like flying a blimp in New Hampshire IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER should be ignore. By the time the blimp hit the air Ron Paul had way above 1% name recognition. That was from the hard work by people on the ground. But at least you have your pink sheet break the matrix you can lose money on.



Like the Blimp or not it was Creative. All the Blimp Haters are just what is wrong. Support those things which you beleive in that Support Ron Paul naysaying such projects is counterproductive and should be ignored.

All in All the Blimp raised awareness! RP had 1% name recognition when he entered this campaign.

ARealConservative
04-04-2008, 01:17 PM
People are still jumping to the LARGE assumption that air time for the blimp WAS GOOD. It was not. Proof is in the pudding.

you are making an even worse assumption that this money would of went to the campaign or been used for better pursuits.

You have no reason to suggest that the blimp diverted money that would of been put to better use. In fact, it appears the campaign still has over 5 million dollars.

ItsTime
04-04-2008, 01:19 PM
There were 1000s of other projects that money could have been spent on. But spammers came in and swept that money away.


you are making an even worse assumption that this money would of went to the campaign or been used for better pursuits.

You have no reason to suggest that the blimp diverted money that would of been put to better use. In fact, it appears the campaign still has over 5 million dollars.

Primbs
04-04-2008, 01:24 PM
The media is so large that I couldn't even fit in all the media mentions in one post. Only 300,000 characters are allowed. So there is actually a lot more media we still have to put up.

To put the blimp in perspective in relation to total campaign spending, the campaign raised thirty plus million.
The blimp cost about 300 K to 400 K and captured the excitement of the media and many in the grassroots.

Millions went into campaign mail that got very little publicity. And you never know how many people throw out their mail or even read what the campaign sent out.

I liked the twelve page great looking brochure that was mailed. But pretty doesn't always equal effective. You can have ugly flyers be effective in some campaigns.

Rudy spent millions on mail and didn't get too far in New Hampshire either.

Alot went into radio, the media tended not to replay the ads.

Many Ron Paul supporters did not like the official Ron Paul TV commercials. Most of the Ron Paul commercials didn't get replayed in the media either. Huckabee's controversial commercials got lots of free air time.

The Ron Paul campaign probably spent thousand or millions on salary and housing and airfare for all the workers.

I am not sure an extra three hundred thousand would have made much difference unless it was spent very effectively. Even now, Ron Paul has five million in the bank right now. In addition the grassroots blew past the campaign's money goal of twelve million for the quarter. They got an extra six million at least for the 4th quarter fundraising.

While a campaign can always have more money, that appeared to be less of a problem than other parts of the campaign.

At the time Ron Paul was still unknown. He is still unknown now to many people.
Earned media is considered more valuable and authoratative than paid commercial advertising where people naturally put up their defenses when listening to sales pitches.

The blimp seemed to inspire our volunteers.

So if we have a limited goal of just getting Ron Paul's name mentioned in the news, then the blimp did its job.

ARealConservative
04-04-2008, 01:26 PM
There were 1000s of other projects that money could have been spent on. But spammers came in and swept that money away.

So in a nutshell, you donít approve of the choices individuals made with their money. If only you could be king, right?

ItsTime
04-04-2008, 01:27 PM
When did I say that? I think it was a stupid choice but still their choice. I am really amazed at how many Ron Paul supporters are lemmings.


So in a nutshell, you donít approve of the choices individuals made with their money. If only you could be king, right?

ARealConservative
04-04-2008, 01:32 PM
When did I say that? I think it was a stupid choice but still their choice. I am really amazed at how many Ron Paul supporters are lemmings.

HmmÖ. I said you are making an assumption that those contributing to the blimp would of contributed to another project in absence of the blimp. You replied how there were tons of other projects more useful.


As for the actual lemming Ė you are perpetuating a myth introduced by Disney. Pretty ironic from where Iím sitting.

ItsTime
04-04-2008, 01:35 PM
my god way to stay on subject. myths can become a "figure of speech" I think I am done going down this road.


Hmm…. I said you are making an assumption that those contributing to the blimp would of contributed to another project in absence of the blimp. You replied how there were tons of other projects more useful.


As for the actual lemming – you are perpetuating a myth introduced by Disney. Pretty ironic from where I’m sitting.

Primbs
04-04-2008, 01:41 PM
People are still jumping to the LARGE assumption that air time for the blimp WAS GOOD. It was not. Proof is in the pudding.


Correction. Actually the correct saying is "The proof is in the tasting of the pudding."

How do you measure and quantify that the blimp was not good?

Most of the press was positive or just rather of fact that the campaign supporters are promoting their candidate with a blimp.

Ron Paul liked the idea.

Ron Paul's own words on the blimp. "Yes it is fantastic, we have probably gotten millions of dollars worth of advertising from that."
"The Blimp is one of the eye catching events probably in the history of this country campaigning for a presidential candidate."

If we could have guaranteed the money for the blimp would have been spent in New Hampshire you might have a small point.

But that appears to have not been in the cards.

I think not enough money was spent in New Hampshire. I don't know why because they raised twenty million dollars in October, November and December.

I wish they would have put in ten to fifteen million into New Hampshire.

ARealConservative
04-04-2008, 01:43 PM
my god way to stay on subject. myths can become a "figure of speech" I think I am done going down this road.


Yes, myths can be a figure of speech. Usually because those perpetuating the myth have no idea what they are doing and are just following the heard. You are acting like the mythical lemming you accused others of - Pretty ironic to me.

Iím not even sure why you went down this road in the first place. Maybe you like to cry over spilled milk weeks and weeks after itís been cleaned up.

ItsTime
04-04-2008, 04:07 PM
I meant the road of talking to someone who can not stay on subject. You sound like someone with no logical evidence the blimp was a success so you travel all over the map (another figure of speech). And the reason this issue is not "cleaned up" is because trevor is now trying to con people out of more money in a pink sheet scam with "break the matrix". Every idea he has had has been bad (The only ideas that were his is the blimp, break the matrix.)


Yes, myths can be a figure of speech. Usually because those perpetuating the myth have no idea what they are doing and are just following the heard. You are acting like the mythical lemming you accused others of - Pretty ironic to me.

Iím not even sure why you went down this road in the first place. Maybe you like to cry over spilled milk weeks and weeks after itís been cleaned up.