Shock: Ron Paul raises $4.2 million in 24 hours

I can’t possibly explain this one, first a video report from CNN:

CNN’s number’s were behind when this aired, they ended up with $4.2 million.

Here’s a news report from AOL News:

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, aided by an extraordinary outpouring of Internet support Monday, hauled in more than $4.2 million in nearly 24 hours.

Paul, the Texas congressman with a libertarian tilt and an out-of-Iraq pitch, entered heady fundraising territory with a surge of Web-based giving tied to the commemoration of Guy Fawkes Day.

Fawkes was a British mercenary who failed in his attempt to kill King James I on Nov. 5, 1605. He also was the model for the protagonist in the movie “V for Vendetta.” Paul backers motivated donors on the Internet with mashed-up clips of the film on the online video site YouTube as well as the Guy Fawkes Day refrain: “Remember, remember the 5th of November.”

Paul’s total deposed Mitt Romney as the single-day fundraising record holder in the Republican presidential field. When it comes to sums amassed in one day, Paul now ranks only behind Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton, who raised nearly $6.2 million on June 30, and Barack Obama.

How does a man who doesn’t even show up in most polls rake in more than $4 million in 24 hours? One wonders if it’s legitimate, but I’m sure it probably is given his viral online support.

The $4.2 million represented online contributions from more than 37,000 donors, fundraising director Jonathan Bydlak said Monday night.

That’s quite impressive, I’m amazing at his ability to raise money. Well, either his ability or his supporter’s generosity. Either way, I’m impressed considering his non-existent rank in the polls, except New Hampshire where RCP has him at 3.6% average.