Brian Doherty on Rand Paul and Campaign Bucks


Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is likely to run for president. That's not exactly news, but the libertarian-leaning senator got some major earned media out of that fact last week, a front page story in The New York Times. It treated him seriously enough as a potential candidate to zoom in on the vital question of money: can this on-the-rise outsider with some heterodox opinions raise enough to win a presidential race?

The story introduces you to a handful of big, big money potential donors—none of whom are yet on the record as saying they'll bring out that big, big money via SuperPACs or other uncoordinated spending to help Paul.

Reason Senior Editor Brian Doherty explores the world of Paul campaign money, both Ron and Rand, and concludes that even if GOP establishment big money is scared to death of Rand Paul, it's wrong to count him out.