Sunday, November 25, 2007

A Ron Paul blimp?

Yes, apparently...

I've often said that the most interesting thing about the Paul campaign for President is the grassroots nature of it. Without central direction from the campaign, various RP supporters are busy advertising for him, and raising some serious money (like 4.3 million on November 5th).

There are two separate big money-raising days planned. The first is "" on November 30th. If they again manage to raise a couple million, imagine what the news stories will say! (Rudy's reading list refers to the Paul campaign's giving Giuliani a list of books to read about "blowback" after the first debate).

The second big money-raising day is set for December 16th, the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.

My predictions? The November 30th day will net between 1.5 and 2 million, while the Dec. 16th fundraiser will yield about 5 million. I'll repeat these predictions when the days roll around.

Overall, I believe the Paul campaign will get about 15 million for the quarter. Which is going to be huge.

The blimp will also be huge. Will they do it? Will this be yet another thing to marvel at from the Ron Paul supporters? I no longer doubt my fellow Paulians, Paulbots, Paultards, or whatever new monicker you want to give them (us...)

PS. Obama's big Los Angeles area organizer has turned his coat. Guess whose colours he's sporting now?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ron Paul is the saviour that America needs now.

12:07 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Althougth I find Ron Paul a bit too libertarian, he would be my first choice for President. Despite his "extreme" views I also think he has the most growth potential of all the presidential candidates. His views on the federal reserve will gain mainstream traction if the US economy really starts to tank. And frustration will grow with Hillary along with the Republicans if things turn for the worse in Iraq.

12:18 a.m.  
Anonymous Canadaman005 said...

I don't think we'll get $1 Million on the 30th, let alone $2 Mill. But I'm pretty confident that we will raise between $6 and $10 Million on the 16th. Total for the quarter will exceed $16 Million and I've been predicting that since the second week of the quarter.

2:43 a.m.  
Blogger Janet said...

It's so sad that this kind of grassroots campaign couldn't happen in Canada because of all our donation and spending limits.

1:59 p.m.  
Anonymous Lore_Weaver said...

Janet, these people donating are only asked to donate $100. Get 10,000 people to donate $100 and you've got $1 Million.

We can do that in Canada, we just don't have someone as charismatic as Paul to incite such a fund raising fury.

Besides, CPC members get hit up for money every three months over the phone, are fed some spiel about how we're going to be facing an election this week, and asked to support the party.

This engenders donation fatigue, and these same people could not be counted on for a 1 day donation frenzy.

The idea CAN work in CANADA, just not right now, not yet... soon...

Maybe I'll do it ;)

2:46 p.m.  
Blogger Janet said...

I suppose the fund raising initiatives could be matched to some extent, but you couldn't do some of the actions that would happen during a campaign because of third-party limits.

For instance, blimp would be nearly twice the national spending limit (they say they need to raise $350K, the national spending limit right now is $175,800) for a third party during a campaign even if they jumped through all of Elections Canada's hoops, and costs too much for any smart candidate to do it as part of their campaign.

Fair enough, though - I guess it'd be better to say that it's sad that grassroots campaigns like this are either very strongly discouraged or impossible (depending on whether you're talking about a fundraising or advertising campaign) in Canada.e

4:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the kind words. Everyone really appreciates it. Delta! Bravo! Air Force Ron is GO! GO! GO!

4:46 a.m.  

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