11-05-2007, 10:34 AM
I emailed Jonathan Martin at the Politico to fill him in about this... he runs the blog on the Politico site that focuses on the GOP.
I did hear back from him - he wanted to know where to see results so far and who started this whole thing. (Pointed him to ronpaulgraphs.com and said it was grassroots)
Hopefully, we'll get a mention in his blog:
11-05-2007, 10:38 AM
November 05, 2007
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Ron Paul's "Money Bomb"
Proving again his ability to raise significant cash online, Ron Paul has raised nearly $2 million since Midnight via his website.
In what is being called a "money bomb," Paul's fervent backers spread the word that today they'd blast their candidate with internet contributions, setting up a website, "This November 5th," to push the plan. An aide said they had nothing to do with the effort.
"Supporters have spontaneously organized what I can only refer to as a one-day attack of donations," said Paul spokeswoman Kate Rick. "We started at midnight with $2.77 million raised for the quarter, and have, as of 9:36 am, climbed up to over $4.1."
As of 12:27, Paul had raised $4.73 million total.
While claiming not to be responsible for the "bombing," Paul's camp has certainly not lessened enthusiasm with a set of red numbers on their website that spin upward to show his total raised with every refresh click. Another site not formally affiliated with the campaign has set up a graph showing Paul's ascending contributions since Midnight.
One Paul supporter said the campaign had sent out no emails about the matter, but that it had sprouted organically on one of the many pro-Paul sites not affilliated with the campaign.
"The idea came up at www.ronpaulforums.com about 3-4 weeks ago to have a "money bomb" today," said this backer. "The idea was to get 100,000 people to donate $100 (for $10 million). That was a little aggressive, of course."
Still, that Paul can bring in nearly $2 million in about 12 hours attests to both his intense online support and the great fundraising possibilties that exist on the web.
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