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Ron Paul Tops McCain in Cash on Hand

ABC News' George Stephanopoulos Reports: Though often regarded as a longshot candidate for president, Republican Ron Paul tells ABC News that he has an impressive $2.4 million in cash on hand after raising an equal amount during the second quarter, putting him ahead of one-time Republican frontrunner John McCain, who reported this week he has only $2 million in the bank.

In an exclusive interview taped Friday and airing Sunday on "This Week," Paul said his campaign is on a better trajectory than McCain's.

"I think some of the candidates are on the down-slope, and we're on the up-slope," said Paul.

Paul's cash on hand puts him in third place in the Republican field in that important metric, although he is well behind leader Rudy Giuliani, who has $18 million in the bank, and Mitt Romney, with $12 million.

Paul, who polls show with support in the low single digits, said his surprisingly strong fundraising is the best measure of his support.

"I think people have underestimated the number of people in this country who are interested in a freedom message," says the Republican congressman from Texas, who has strong libertarian leanings.

To watch Paul's full interview, tune in to "This Week" on Sunday (check local listings).

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We got a link to this story now on Drudge.

What are the 425 RP Meetup Groups spending???

I also posted this here:

There is a **HUGE** amount of support out there that can be easily quantified monetarily with a little cooperation from all the Ron Paul Meetup groups.

**EVERY** Ron Paul Meetup group absolutely **NEEDS** to keep good track of their spending on promoting Ron Paul for President in 2008.

Even though the Ron Paul campaign cannot include those amounts in their fundraising totals, it will speak volumes as to the amount of independent support Ron Paul is getting on the ground.

Volunteers from the Ron Paul campaign (or anyone for that matter!) **MUST** roll up those amounts reported from the Meetup groups as a seperate number!!! These numbers could be reported by state, by region, and nationally.

I wish I had the time to do this myself.


Money in the Bank

This is our campaign, not Ron Paul's campaign. We have chosen him, and he's running to catch up.

Let's not get into the comparative money game. That is a distraction. To the very end Ron Paul will be behind the puppet candidates. Let's just not do it their way.

Yes, you need some money. No, you don't have to sell out and be packaged to win. Money buys votes. Our votes cannot be bought, and neither can our candidate.

If you want to understand this campaign, read about the Seabiscuit, America's legendary race horse from the 1930's.

The following is by Grantland Rice.

"The drama and melodrama of this match race, held before a record crowd keyed to the highest tension I have ever seen in sport, set an all time mark.

You must get the picture from the start to absorb the thrill of this perfect autumn day over a perfect track. As the two thoroughbreds paraded to the post there was no emotional outburst. The big crowd was too full of tension, the type of tension that locks the human throat.

You looked at the odds flashed upon the mutual board -- War Admiral, one to four, Seabiscuit two to one. Even those backing War Admiral, the great majority of the crowd, felt their pity for the son of Hard Tack and Swing On [Seabiscuit], who had come along the hard way and had churned up the dust of almost every track from the Great Lakes to the Gulf, from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

After two false starts, they were off. But it wasn't the fast-flying War Admiral who took the lead. It was Seabiscuit, taking the whip from Woolf, who got the jump. It was Seabiscuit who had a full-length lead as they passed the first furlong. The Admiral's supporters were dazed as the 'Biscuit not only held this lead but increased it to two lengths before they passed the first quarter.

The 'Biscuit' was moving along as smoothly as a southern breeze.
And then the first roar of the big crowd swept over Maryland. The Admiral was moving up. Stride by stride, Man o' War's favorite offspring was closing up the open gap. You could hear the roar from thousands of throats "Here he comes, here he comes!"

And the Admiral was under full steam. He cut away a length. He cut away another length as they came to the half-mile post--and now they were running head and head. The Admiral looked Seabiscuit in the eye at the three-quarters but Seabiscuit never got the look. He was too busy running with his shorter, faster stride.

For almost a half mile they ran as one horse, painted against the green, red and orange foliage of a Maryland countryside. They were neck and neck--head and head--nose and nose.

The great Admiral had thrown his challenge. You could see that he expected Seabiscuit to quit and curl up. But, Seabiscuit has never been that brand of horse. I had seen him before in two $100,000 races at Santa Anita, boxed out, knocked to his knees, taking the worst of all the racing luck --
almost everything except facing a firing squad or a machine-gun nest -- and yet, through all this barrage of trouble Seabiscuit was always there, challenging at the wire. I saw him run the fastest half-mile ever run at Santa Anita last March, when he had to do it in his pursuit of Stagehand.

So, when War Admiral moved up on even terms and 40,000 throats poured out their tribute to the Admiral, I still knew that the 'Biscuit would be alongside at the finish. The 'Biscuit had come up the hard way. That happens to be the only way worth while. The Admiral had known only the softer years -- the softer type of competition. He had never before met a combination of a grizzly bear and a running fool.

Head and head they came to the mile. There wasn't a short conceded putt between them. It was a question now of the horse that had the heart.
Seabiscuit had lost his two-length margin. His velvet had been shot away. He was on his own where all races are won - down the stretch. He had come to the great kingdom of all sport -- the kingdom of the heart.

The Admiral had shown his reserve speed. From two lengths away he was now on even terms. But as they passed the mile post with three-sixteenths left-- the vital test -- the stretch that always tells the story -- where 40,000 looked for the fleet War Admiral to move away - there was another story.
Seabiscuit was still hanging on. Seabiscuit hadn't quit. With barely more than a final furlong left, the hard-way son of Hard Tack must have said to the Admiral -- "Now, lets start running. Let's see who is the better horse."

Foot by foot and yard by yard, Woolf and Seabiscuit started moving away. Charlie Kurtzinger gave the Admiral the whip. But you could see from the stands that the Admiral suddenly knew he had nothing left in heart or feet to match this crazy five-year-old who all his life had known only the uphill, knockdown devil-take-the-loser route, any track -- distance -- any weight -- any time. And who the hell are you?

War Admiral had no answer. Down the final furlong the great-hearted 'Biscuit put on extra speed. He moved on by. Then he opened a small gap. Forty thousand expected the Admiral to move up, close the gap again.
But the Admiral was through. He had run against too many plow horses and platers in his soft easy life. He had never tackled a Seabiscuit before.

He had never met a horse who could look him in the eye down the stretch and say to him, in horse language, "Now let's start traveling, kid. How do you feel? I feel great. This is down my alley."

Yard by yard Seabiscuit moved on ahead. Then it was length by length. Seabiscuit left the Admiral so far behind that it wasn't even a contest down the stretch. War Admiral might just have well be chasing a will-o-the-wisp in a midnight swamp. He might just as well have been a fat poodle chasing a meat wagon. He had been outrun and outgamed -- he had been run off the track by a battered five-year-old who had more speed and heart.

The race, they say, isn't to the swift. But it is always to the swift and the game. It so happened that Seabiscuit had these two important qualities in deep abundance. War Admiral could match neither flying feet not fighting heart. Man o' War's brilliant son hung on with all he had until it came to the big showdown -- to the point when the hard-way thoroughbred, the horse from the wrong side of the track, began really to run."

Ron Paul is our Seabiscuit, 2008.

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Who Suggested Buying Votes?

FreeOregon, there is a big difference between buying votes a la Bloomberg or Corzine and empowered freedom-loving individuals across the nation taking their message of support for Ron Paul to the streets, ball games, civic functions, etc. and ad infinitum on their own dime. I see all those dimes adding up to what no other candidate in the race other than Ron Paul, can lay claim to: the collective power of like-minded individuals working independently towards the same goal of electing RP for President in 2008.

The money metric is only one part of the race, when compared to actual issues, true enough, but the simple dollar amount that the Ron Paul campaign generates on its own does not tell the whole story. You are correct, simply comparing dollar values among the declared candidates is one dimensional, but rolling up dollar values from the RP meetup groups is quite another thing altogether. Couple that rollup with the RP $2.4 million dollars generated and you get a much bigger field of view on the total dollar amount being spent by all individuals (directed by the RP campaign or not) who are in support of Ron Paul for President.

This is not a task beneath Ron Paul supporters, to attempt to quantify total dollars pledged and spent in his bid for election across the official campaign staff and the meetup groups. It is simply another way to get the message out to inspire others, a way that to date, as far as I am aware, has never been done before. And so far from what I have seen, the Ron Paul campaign has been all about doing things differently than before (or at least doing what hasn't been done in a VERY long time in politics, i.e., speaking the truth!).


Bang for the Buck

The point is to focus on "bang for the bucks" we have, wherever they are.

This is our campaign. We've picked Ron. Candidates who sell out will raise unlimited funds from the lobbyists and their client entities, and these in turn will be funneling newly printed dollars from the Federal Reserve into the campaigns of their puppets.

The idea that bucks raised equates with popularity is an illusion.

In the contest for effective use of money we are way ahead.

So far we are #1 in "bang," and I think we can do even better.

We'll get the bucks we need by demonstrating we know how to get the "bang" we want.



2.4 million in the bank is

2.4 million in the bank is good but a whole lot more is needed. DIG DEEP in Q3, time is of the essence. It's getting time that we will have to pay the big bucks to get time slot advertising in the Main Stream Media.

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs.
Thomas Jefferson

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds”
-Sam Adams

Monthly Contributions

I've committed to monthly contributions to Paul Campaign, until he takes the general election and WH.
Yes, I believe Q3 and Q4 this year 2007, is going to be where we have to pony up the bucks for "Ms.Liberty's sake", and the future of our nation by giving to Ron Paul's war chest to take out these elitist law breaking socialist scum.

With the frugalness of Paul, he is bound to go lots further with his monetary support than any of the supposed two "top tier" candidates left, now that Paul's funds are surpassing McCain's.

Plus we cannot forget all the "divine-roots", "grassroots" and "netroots" support he's been getting for free.

Ron Paul - President of the States 2008