The day after Ron Paul shattered fundraising records by raising $4.3 million in 24 hours -- $4 million of it online, more money online than any other Republican has ever raised -- the candidate told ABC News he was pleasantly surprised by the historic financial boost.
"To me it's pretty remarkable and pleasantly surprising," the Texas Republican told ABC News' Sam Donaldson and ABC News' Political Director David Chalian on "Politics Live" airing daily on ABC News' 24-hour digital network.
"Now we'll have the money to advertise in a major sort of way in South Carolina, in Nevada, as well to beef up our organization in Iowa," he said.
With minimal help from Paul's campaign, his supporters helped to raise the money through a Web site called ThisNovember5th.com — a reference to the day the British commemorate the thwarted bombing of the Parliament by anti-Protestant rebel Guy Fawkes.
Many fans of Paul know of the day primarily because of the movie "V for Vendetta" — in which a terrorist modeled after Fawkes battles a draconian government that has taken over Britain.
"It was a mystery and something I'm learning about," said Paul, who said he hasn't seen the movie.
"They just used this as a way to symbolize one individual trying to stand up to the abuses of the state. [Of] course the movie ended a lot better than did the history," Paul said, careful to note that the organizers of this fundraiser and his campaign advocate changing the government peacefully.
"Everybody that's coming together is sick and tired of big government and they don't trust the major parties and the leadership of the major parties right now," he said.
With more money in the bank now than several Republican rivals including Arizona Sen. John McCain, Paul said the campaign will use the money to buy radio and television advertising in key primary states.
"Just in the last week or two we've spent about a million and a half buying television and radio and we're going into New Hampshire, which is a really ripe state for us because there are a lot of independents," he said.
The fundraising bombshell put Paul headlines in publications that have typically ignored the Texas congressman and libertarian Republican — also putting Paul on the radar of potential supporters and rivals.
"I have been thinking about Ron Paul. I know that he is a Republican, but I was thinking more towards a constitutional thinker and getting more towards, back to our constitutional rights," Tom Caoranic of Medina, Ohio, told ABC News' Kate Snow on the campaign trail one year before the election in November.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, also campaigning for the Republican nod, stopped by the Carolina Hope Christian Adoption agency in Greenville, S.C., today and did not exactly extend congratulations to Paul and his online army.
"Let's see," Romney said when asked about the fundraising haul, "he's getting close to what I raised in our first day. So, I'm delighted that he's been able to raise what he needs to raise to go forward. It's only two thirds as much, a little less than that than we raised in our first day."
Romney said he received $6.4 million in donations and pledges the first day of his campaign, but campaign finance reports make it difficult to ascertain exactly how much of that amount actually ended up in his campaign coffers.