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12-17-2007, 03:55 PM

12-17-2007, 03:56 PM
thanks. :)

12-17-2007, 03:56 PM
Isn't this wrong ?

>Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney raised $6.5 million in a single day in January, according to his campaign.

Why did they even put that in the article, i thought the record was held by kerry ?

12-17-2007, 03:57 PM
uh oh..

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney raised $6.5 million in a single day in January, according to his campaign.

12-17-2007, 04:00 PM
>A press release from the Romney campaign said 400 volunteers placed 15,000 calls to potential Romney contributors.

Odd. very odd

Dan D.
12-17-2007, 04:22 PM
Romney got 6.5 million in PLEDGES. Not donations.

12-17-2007, 04:32 PM
It was on the front of page on Bloomberg 10 minutes ago, now it's been removed.
Nice, almost fair and balanced.

12-17-2007, 04:46 PM
Got a response from the editor of the article, told me they rotate

12-17-2007, 04:48 PM
We did not want to be in the position of deciding whether a signed pledge is the
same as a contribution, or whether if a check is received on one day but
processed the next counts toward a one-day fundraising total, so we mentioned
Romney's fundraising, attributed to the campaign, in the bottom of a story
focusing on Ron Paul. We specifically did not state Romney's fundraising totals
as fact, just that it was a number given by the campaign.
----- Original Message -----
At: 12/17 17:40:03

Hi Jonathan,

As a Ron Paul supporter I would like to thank you for the informative article
that you have written. I would however like to point out a piece of information
that I don't believe is accurately explained.

Your article says that Mitt Romney raised $6.5 million in a single day in
January. My research concludes that Mitt Romney's campaign did say this, but in
addition to this statement it was stated that the the total amount was a
combination of actual donations and signed pledges.

"Romney spokesman Kevin Madden said the $6.5 million total is a combination of
"actual contributions and signed pledges."

Thank you.

12-17-2007, 04:49 PM
$6.5 million by Romney? I asked the reporter to check their facts:


Hello Jonathan,

Thank you for the article covering Dr. Paul and the grassroots fund raising drive. One item you may want to double check your information on is RE: Mitt Romney and his claim of raising $6.5 mil in one day.

According to the watch group OpenSecrets.org, Romney has never raised $6.5 million in one week let alone one day:


Perhaps this $6.5 mil is pledges? Dr. Paul has actual receipts in a 24 hours period exceeding $6 million, which is in a different league altogether than pledges.

Thank you for your coverage. I am looking forward to future diligent reporting.

Goldwater Conservative
12-17-2007, 04:52 PM
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney raised $6.5 million in a single day in January, according to his campaign.

If we had raised $10 million, they still would have found some forgotten day that "beat" us.

12-17-2007, 04:54 PM
Maybe we should do a pledge bomb and everyone pledge 1 million dollors so we can have the one day pledge record!!! /end sarcasm

12-17-2007, 05:02 PM
and an immediate reply :)


I've heard from a lot of Ron Paul supporters on this. It's quite common for a
fundraising event to raise X amount of money, with some checks received early
and some later, but all tied to the event. That's what the Romney camp says. But
Romney didn't get a headline on Bloomberg when he said raised $6.5 million in
one day. Paul did when he actually COLLECTED $6 million one day.



Maybe the Ron Paul grassroots camp should say that Dr. Paul raised $100 mil, cured cancer and made it rain chocolate in one day.

We said it happened, so it must be real. God forbid a reporter actually does some investigative reporting :/

12-17-2007, 05:20 PM
And my reply :)


Hi Jonathan,

Thank you for the quick reply stating your reasoning behind the statement regarding Romney. I can appreciate your point for contributions and pledges tied to a singular event being included in a sum reported total, and your distinction of Dr. Paul getting a headline for an actual collected sum. It could be argued that it is a minor nuance that some American readers may not take notice of.

The point I find a bit unnerving is that you as an investigative reporter would include a total just because a politician says it is so. We as Americans need you and the rest of the media to keep politicians honest by double checking facts. I hope you are able to find the resources and time to do this more extensively in the future against all politician's claims, including Dr. Paul.

Freedom of the press is an awesome power that carries a weighty responsibility that affects all Americans. Freedom of the press is one of our defining freedoms in America, and I thank you for your future diligence with this awesome power.

The exponential growing base of Dr. Paul supporters is keeping a close watch :)

Warm regards from one fellow American to another!

12-17-2007, 05:24 PM
I sent him an email too. Hopefully he will clarify his statements in the article and correct them for it is very misleading and unfair to our hard work.

12-17-2007, 05:40 PM
Maybe we should do a pledge bomb and everyone pledge 1 million dollors so we can have the one day pledge record!!! /end sarcasm

Sadly, that's not a bad idea.:D

12-17-2007, 06:02 PM
Thanks for your article on Ron Paul.

Unfortunately the unqualified comparison with Mitt Romney's $6.5
million pledges versus Ron Paul's actual collected money (instant
credit card transactions) gives a very misleading impression. Using
the word "raised" for both Mitt's figure and Ron's figure equates them
in the mind of the reader, when in fact Paul has accomplished
something Romney has not.

I'm sure you'll agree getting folks to pledge is a completely
different thing than actually separating them from their hard-earned
money! ;-) In fact even in Ron Paul's fundraiser yesterday there was a
discrepancy between the previous pledges and the actual take. The
actual money collected and now in the hands of the Ron Paul campaign
is the $6+million figure.

I know as a journalist the last thing you want to do is mislead your
readers, so I wanted to let you know. I am confident you can make a
clarification to your otherwise excellent piece.

Matthew Trent

Thomas Paine
12-17-2007, 07:46 PM
Once again we witness Flip Romney distorting the facts to suit his need.