ABC News' Jason Volack (@jason_volack) reports:
Republican Presidential Candidate Ron Paul announced early this morning on his official campaign 2012 Facebook page that he has raised $4.5 million in the 2nd fiscal quarter of 2011 which ended at midnight Thursday.
The post read: “We have raised $4.5 Million in the 2nd fiscal quarter of 2011! We are making history once again. Never in our lifetimes have we seen such a grassroots movement for individual liberty, sound money and non-interventionism. It's time to END THE FED!”
The congressman has had success amassing big cash through “money bombs” on his campaign site. Just this past week, the campaign had set a goal of raising $5 million ahead of Friday’s deadline.
Paul’s second-quarter results outpace his presidential fundraising efforts four years ago. Paul raised $2.4 million in the second quarter of 2007.
Paul is currently in the middle of a swing through New Hampshire. On Friday the Congressman is scheduled to visit the towns of Conway, Wolfeboro, Gilford, and Laconia.
Earlier this week Paul was in Iowa where his campaign just recently spent $31,000 for a prime piece of real estate outside the Hilton Coliseum where the August 13 Ames Straw Poll will be held.
The campaigns are not required to disclose their campaign filings publicly until July 15. The filings will show how much the candidates are spending, borrowing or lending to themselves.
UPDATE: After this item posted, a Ron Paul campaign spokesman contacted ABC to clarify that the Facebook RonPaul12 is not actually affiliated with the campaign and that the fundraising figure it cited was wrong. The Paul campaign expects to report it raised more than $4.5 million in the second fiscal quarter of 2011.