Paul Sets GOP One-Day Fundraising Record

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is getting an extraordinary outpouring of Internet support.

The Texas congressman with a Libertarian tilt took in more than $4.2 million in nearly 24 hours Monday.

He entered heady fundraising territory with a surge of Web-based giving tied to the commemoration of Guy Fawkes Day.

Fawkes was a British mercenary who failed in his attempt to kill King James I in 1605. He also was the model for the protagonist in the movie "V for Vendetta."

Paul backers motivated donors on the Internet with mashed-up clips of the film on YouTube.

Paul's total deposed Mitt Romney as the single-day fundraising record holder in the Republican presidential field.

When it comes to sums amassed in one day, Paul now ranks only behind Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama. Clinton raised nearly $6.2 million on June 30.


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