Having drawn media attention for amassing $5.2 million in fundraising during the third quarter (nearly matching rival John McCain’s $5.5 million during the same quarter), the Ron Paul campaign quickly raised the ante and challenged its supporters to raise $12 million during the fourth quarter. It was a particularly ambitious plan, given that even high profile candidates Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, and John Edwards had failed to net that much money during the third quarter (see Q3 fundraising totals).
Yet, Ron Paul’s loyal supporters answered the call–putting together a grassroots effort to help their candidate meet this lofty goal. Help in this endeavor came from a most unlikely source—Trevor Lyman, a musician and internet entrepreneur who had never voted in a presidential election and had not even met Congressman Ron Paul. Lyman spearheaded the This November 5th internet fundraising campaign that netted the maverick congressman an impressive $4.3 million on November 5th. Lyman has also spurred today’s internet fundraising campaign, which takes place on the 234th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.
As of 7:00 PM EST, Ron Paul has managed to rake in an impressive $4.4 million, eclipsing his own $4.3 million one day internet fundraising record set on November 5th. Having begun the day with a fourth quarter fundraising total $11.5 million, the Ron Paul campaign now has $15.9 million.