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Ron Paul Update

As many of you have heard by now, Ron Paul's supporters contributed $4.3 MILLION to the campaign on Tuesday, November 5th - an unprecedented fundraising event that was conceived and coordinated by volunteers unaffiliated with the campaign. This figure set the all-time, single-day record for contributions made to a Republican candidate prior to a national convention.

Over 37,000 individuals contributed, with an average donation of $103.

On November 5th, the campaign received donations at a rate of $3000 per minute.

For VIDEO of mainstream media coverage of the day's events, visit the Portland group's new Web site, OregoniansForRonPaul.com (see the post entitled "November 5th - A Day for the History Books!")

A Message from Ron Paul
http://ronpaul2008.typepad.com/ron_paul_2008/2007/11/message-from-ro.html
"I say 'you raised,' because this historic event was created, organized, and run by volunteers. This is the spirit that has protected American freedom in our past; this is the spirit that is doing so again."

"As you and I know, there is hope for America -- in liberty and peace, and the prosperity they bring. There is hope for America -- in a sound dollar, the rule of law, and the Constitution. There is hope for America -- in a people's revolution that brings us all together, of whatever race and age and background."

Dr. Ron Paul Tightens the Screws by Rick Fisk
http://www.lewrockwell.com/fisk/fisk28.html
"It was the largest single-day haul on-line in the history of politics. For those who are discounting the value and strength of Dr. Paul’s grassroots support, this should kill their arguments dead. They may have a chance to salvage their careers. They can start by admitting that only real people with real money can buy an Internet connection or a cell phone."

"Hear that sound? It's fear. The screws are being tightened against the limbs of the status quo. Who needs gunpowder when you have the Internet, the Constitution and forty thousand credit cards?"

"Reading some of these old-media produced stories can be frustrating. The old media had a chance to tell the story correctly, but generally couldn't bring themselves to do it. The caption in the NY Times story below Dr. Paul's scowling picture stated: "Representative Ron Paul’s use of Guy Fawkes Day to encourage donations to his presidential campaign netted millions. Ugh. Ron Paul had nothing to do with the event."

"Ron Paul's two biggest hurdles now are name recognition and skepticism. The skepticism is normal. A significant number of people have been waiting to see if Ron Paul really has a chance. Well....I think we've seen that myth blown apart today by a money bomb. The name recognition will commence to increase but don’t expect that the old media will be reporting any poll number jumps. It may just be that the Paul campaign mirrors Kerry’s who polled at 4% nationally before winning New Hampshire and Iowa."

CNN quantifies how the mainstream media ignores Ron Paul
http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/016716.html

The Media's Plan to Ambush Ron Paul by Mike Whitney
http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig8/whitney1.html
"Paul has also promised to restore the rule of law – to repeal the Patriot Act and the Military Commissions Act; to reinstate Posse Comitatus, due process, habeas corpus, and the 'presumption of innocence.' He’ll make sure that US prisoners – whether they be American citizens or foreign nationals – are treated in way that complies with our treaty obligations, the Geneva Conventions, the Bill of Rights, and the basic tenets of human decency."

"We expect the media to abandon its failed strategy of simply ignoring Paul and take the more aggressive approach of attacking him outright. Now that Paul has established himself as a credible threat to the warmongering, autocratic corporate elites, he will have to be discredited through a coordinated media-blitz which will target his voting record, his character, and any other personal foible which may incite public scorn."

"Whatever the plan may be, we should know by now that the media will continue to act as the chief adversary of the American people and the cause of liberty. But don’t expect the Paul supporters to throw in the towel like the weak-kneed Dean throng. These guys are stubborn and resolute. And they won’t budge on matters of principle. They’re not taken in by the media’s cheesy smear-campaigns and they won’t jump off the bandwagon at the first sign of trouble. The Paul crowd has some heavy artillery of their own, too – and they’re wheeling it into place right now. Their ranks are gradually swelling, the money is pouring in, and they are not going to give up their country without a fight."

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