Ron Paul Is Still Raising Big Money, But Just Who Is Giving?

Sep 22, 2011 5:00am

Presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul is still raising big amounts of cash online.

Just this past week, the campaign raised more than $1 million through the use of “moneybombs” or one-day cash grabs.

The Sept. 17 moneybomb corresponded with the 224th anniversary of the creation of the United States Constitution.

Paul’s fundraising frenzies helped him pull in about $4.5 million as of June 30.

Among his GOP colleagues, only Mitt Romney raised more than Paul, R-Texas.

The Paul campaign said that most of the money from the latest Constitution Day moneybomb came from small donors contributing less than $200.

According to The Center for Responsive Politics, a non-partisan non-profit research group dedicated to tracking money in U.S. politics, small-dollar donations made up about half of Paul’s total donations for the period.

In fact, those $200-or-less donations added up to $2.26 million – the largest total amount among his GOP colleagues.

CRP broke down the numbers further and found that of the top 10 biggest individual contributions; three were associated with a branch of the military.

In fact, Paul’s non-interventionist philosophy helped him raise $32,089 among those who identify their employer as the U.S. military, the biggest total among his GOP colleagues.

Outside of the military, some of Paul’s biggest donations came from the financial and communications sectors.

Employees of Google, Entergy Corporation, and Lockheed Martin are some of the top companies whose employees have backed Paul. Paul currently sits on several financial services and foreign affairs committees.

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