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    Monday, December 17, 2007


    Money Bomb!

    The Ron Paul campaign needed $12 million in the 4th quarter to go on to the primaries. After yesterday's money bomb in remembrance of the Boston Tea Party, they've exceeded that goal by 50%. That's right, Ron Paul has an $18 million war chest for the primaries, almost entirely raised by individuals rather than corporations and organizations. The little people are doing all they can do, and it turns out they can do quite a bit.

    Smell the sweet air:

    Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, raised an astounding $6 million and change Sunday, his campaign said, almost certainly guaranteeing he'll outraise his rivals for the Republican nomination in the fourth quarter and likely will be able to fund a presence in many of the states that vote Feb. 5.

    ...

    His campaign spokesman Jesse Benton said Sunday's haul put the campaign over $18 million in fundraising since Oct. 1, 50% more than its goal of $12 million.

    ...

    ...he said 24,940 new donors contributed during the Dec. 16 haul.

    It was timed for the 234th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, a day meant to resonant with the Libertarian sensibilities of his supporters.

    The man who engineered it a 37-year-old music promoter named Trevor Lyman has no official ties to the campaign and had no political experience to speak of before he engineered the innovative model for the Nov. 5 fundraising haul.

    He set up a website that solicited pledges for contributions to be made directly to the Paul campaign on that day a technique that became known as a "money bomb," which he used again to such great effect Sunday.


    TG Daily has an excellent article about the shape of the Ron Paul campaign, and the crucial differences between it and the stodgy good ole boys' club strategy that the other campaigns are using.

    The significance of this type of movement, one which would not be possible without the Internet, cannot be over-stated. We are witnessing a changing of the guard for presidential elections. The established, tried-and-true, multi-trillion dollar communication system, the so-called "mainstream media", is up against an active group of young, techno-savvy voters. And whereas the mainstream media previously had not given Ron Paul any kind of real chance for winning, try and tell that to a devout Internet crowd that is literally out there walking the streets for their candidate, fueled by one of the nearly 1,400 Meetup.com groups for Ron Paul, with over 80,000 members, the most by far of any presidential candidate, Republican or Democrat. Huckabee is #2 with nearly 6,000 members in 273 Meetup groups.

    Read that last bit again. Ron Paul has 80,000 supporters in the Meetup.com groups. The second-place guy has less than 10% of that. This is what's known as "grass roots" organizing.

    The times, they are a-changin'.

    Posted by Tom, 12/17/2007 5:58:50 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...