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Dear Friends,

I have been putting this off as long as possible (as usual) because I hate asking for money. But the situation is becoming dire. Keeping our beloved Daily Paul on the air and running smoothly is no small endeavor of both time and money.

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These incredible numbers are thanks entirely to our community and our commitment. It is all of us, individually and collectively who make the Daily Paul the powerful force that it is. But at the same time, the 50,000 users, 220,000 posts, 2.2 million comments, and countless daily trolls, spammers, and emails must be managed, not to mention legal issues, accounting issues, technology issues, keeping the software updated, while continually adding new features to the site. All of that - that is my job.

Thankfully I have a small but dedicated team that helps keeps it all going. Even working full time, there is no way I could do it alone.

And yet, keeping the website funded remains elusive. We operate on a razor thin margin. In the 2007/08 cycle, traffic dropped off a cliff after Super Tuesday, and revenue sank with it. If the same thing happens this year, we're in big trouble.

So if you value this website and and this community and the work that we do, please help us continue operations at least through the GOP convention. Here is how you can help:

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Have you noticed how annoyingly aggressive advertising has become on sites around the internet? What we see elsewhere, and what you will never see on the Daily Paul are:

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I am personally highly annoyed by such tactics. But why is online advertising becoming so aggressive? Because it is notoriously difficult to make money via online ads. Yes, the Daily Paul is covered in ads, including Google ads for Mitt Romney and the like. I get complaints about this, but it is all I can do to try to squeeze blood out of this turnip. I'm not happy about it, but at the same time, I doubt a Ron Paul supporter will be converted by a banner ad.

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Why?

Because we can!
And we did!

Cheers

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

: )

Thanks Michael, just subscribed. I was looking around the DP store for a RP window sun shade, did not see one. I think it would be a great tool for when our cars are parked in the elements.

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Very good idea.

I think he needs to open a store. Cups, mugs, hats, shirts, sun shades and so on.

Intelligent and beautiful. You Liberty ladies have it all. :)

Patriot Cell #345,168
I don't respond to emails or pm's.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=qo8CmO...
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution, inevitable.

Off topic..

Anyone take a look at the demo's on Alexa for the site?

Kinda "strange" that it ranks high in the 40 and older group huh?

Patriot Cell #345,168
I don't respond to emails or pm's.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=qo8CmO...
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution, inevitable.

VIVA!! DAILY PAUL

Double post-sorry!

With all due respect, I will no longer be a voting prostitute for Constitution rejecting harlots.

VIVA!! DAILY PAUL

THANK YOU MICHAEL! I'm Sure the Daily Paul will be popular for many years to come, since many have awakened to the vigilence required to preserve the republic. and protect the individual liberty of each and every one of it's citizens.

With all due respect, I will no longer be a voting prostitute for Constitution rejecting harlots.

I haven't had the spare money

I haven't had the spare money but I will in a couple days. I know you're at the goal but I'm sure you wont mind a few more dollars.

glad to be apart of this

glad to be apart of this wonderful site! thank you!

Elated to hear this Michael!

You certainly deserve it.

I LOVE THE DAILY PAUL!

By FAR my favorite site on the Internet.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

Grats and Thank you so very much

Congratulation dailypaul admins. I couldnt be happier that your tireless efforts are rewarded by pure market revenue. Your value and even necessity to the movement is undeniable and I thank each and everyone envolved in the compilation of this site. I'm so happy to be a small part of it.

"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive".
Ron Paul 2012 and Liberty from then on.

Congrats all!

And so happy to be a part

Thank YOU Mike !

It really has been such a worthwhile journey so far. Being a part of this community is a big part of who I am when I'm not online : )

mailed mine in

not much hope it helps

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Woo hoo!

Thank you everyone.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

Well done

And well deserved Sir!,Thank you.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

WOO HOO!

20 G's and counting my friend! Im sending you a $20 via the snail mail..that way I get to write all over the envelope!! END THE FED! SUPPORT OUR TROOPS BRING EM HOME! Dr. RON PAUL FOR POTUS!!! and if there are still a few of you who have yet to write on the backs of our Fiat Moola..DO SO!!! I damn near do it to EVERY BILL I get! In fact I owed a buddy $1200 and there was only 2 $100 bills and 4 $50 bills the rest in small bills EVERYONE had more then one message on them..he thought I was nuts but took the cash anyway and went about spreading the news!;O) Once you start doing this you will be addicted..the "In God We Trust" in between God and We put a small (&) and RON PAUL! Underline WE TRUST. So it says IN GOD & RON PAUL WE TRUST! ITS AWESOME! I cant wait to get back a bill with a Dr. Paul Plug!!! DO THIS TODAY!

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I just received my

I just received my self-inking red stamp: It reads:

END THE FED
VOTE RON PAUL 2012
Peace Liberty Sound $$

I stamp all my bills!

If you walk blindly through life, you will run into a lot of walls.

I'll pitch in too...

I appreciate the site and will put a check in the mail. Not big enough, but everything helps right?

Done...

Rock on "Daily Paul"!!!

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they attack you, then you win!"
GANDHI

"The belief is worthless if the fear of social and physical punishment overrides the belief."

Dinner time bump

for Liberty!

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sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
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Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Chipped in what I could

and matched my own donation over at RonPaul2012. It's not a lot but it's what I could manage. Love your site and how you pull the community together.

Designed and built AuditTheFed.com with Joey33

I chipped in

It's not a lot, but every little bit helps.

Chipped in!

I chipped in $50.00... keep up the great work.

What a great resource for Ron Paul information and discussions.

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Thank you

We're almost there. I appreciate it very much.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts
BMWJIM's picture

Michael, I hope you received that little token

I sent you. It should have gotten there today or tomorrow. It will put you over the top I believe.

Jim

1976-1982 USMC, Having my hands in the soil keeps me from soiling my hands on useless politicians.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Hi Jim

I didn't get it in today's mail, but I will tell you if it comes in tomorrow's.

Very much looking forward to it!

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

4 years five days on the DP

Just send some fiat money to comemmorate.

Ron Paul was right

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WOW!: "There are currently 416 users and 1287 guests online."

There are many people using the Daily Paul.
Give what you can. We're almost there.

Please Donate, We Are So Close to Helping Keep Daily Paul Web-

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Bump!

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If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.