Ken Vogel talks to Trevor Lyman, ad hoc mastermind of Ron Paul moneybombs, about a new cash surge planned for Friday.
The plan, hatched just days ago… is to get Paul's campaign past its $12 million fourth-quarter goal a full month before the quarter ends.
The vehicle is a website intended to solicit pledged contributions to be delivered online to the Paul campaign on Friday. Lyman is also hoping to score a twofer. The appeal used to attract the money is designed to bring more attention to Paul's noninterventionist foreign policy philosophy, compared with that of his rivals for the GOP presidential nomination.
Via Lew Rockwell, West Virginia State Sen. Vic Sprouse (R) hustles to pour cold water on the hype.
Please. Lyndon LaRouche would haul in millions as well and his candidacy probably had a better chance of winning than Paul, meaning 0.001%.
Risible! But a pretty good smear nonetheless. In his final, 2004 run for the White House (he's going cold turkey this year) LaRouche started raising money in early 2001 and could brag, by April 2003, that he'd outfundraised Joe Lieberman and Howard Dean. The subtle difference is that LaRouche bilked a decades-old money network over a period of two years, whereas Paul has raised more than $9 million in just the last two months. (Sprouse's post is a cornucopia of chuckles, but note his worry about Paul supporters winning West Virginia's at-large delegates.)
I don't know what to make of the Ron Paul Blimp fund drive, though. Paul supporters have driven their message pretty effectively using the newest methods of communication, so why the throwback to such an old one?
Imagine… the mainstream media is mesmerized as the image of the Ron Paul blimp is shown to tens of millions of Americans throughout the day (and throughout the month). Wolf Blizter, stunned and as if in a trance, repeats the words "Amazing, Amazing."
I do approve of this promotional video.