Ron Paul Raises $6 Million in 24-Hour Effort

This from MyWay:

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul’s supporters raised over $6 million Sunday to boost the 10-term Texas congressman’s campaign for the White House.

Called a “Money Bomb,” the goal was to raise as much money as possible on the Internet in one day. The campaign’s previous fundraiser brought in $4.2 million.

At midnight EST, donations were over $6 million, according to the campaign Web site. Those donations are processed credit card receipts, said Paul campaign spokesman Jesse Benton. Benton said the median donation is about $50 in the fundraiser, which was the idea of Paul supporters who are not officially connected to the campaign.

Trevor Lyman, a Paul supporter who is traveling the country following the Ron Paul blimp, said the date of the fundraiser coincides with the 234th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.

The Ron Paul blimp is an aerial billboard emblazoned on one side with “Who is Ron Paul? Google Ron Paul.” The other side reads “Ron Paul Revolution.” The blimp, another grass-roots effort, was in Chester, S.C., on Sunday, and organizers hope to get it to New Hampshire before the Jan. 8 primary there.

It’s a shame all this money will basically go to waste. I’m not saying that for any other reason than the fact that Ron Paul will not win any caucus, primary, or election in general. However, with this mount of money, he could choose to wage a third-party candidacy. He’s stated that he doesn’t plan on doing so but clearly he’s got huge fund raising ability.

No other candidate has come even close to matching the donating vigor of Ron Paul supporters.