Supporters of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) continue to demonstrate that their candidate’s campaign is for real by putting their money where their mouths are. The Paul campaign was able to defy the traditional logic that the third quarter is a slow time of the year, by posting a 114% gain in donations. The campaign was quick to point out that Rudy Giuliani suffered a 40% decrease in contributions. Mitt Romney dipped by 29%, and John McCain dropped by 55%.

Even though Romney and Giuliani suffered a decline, they along with Fred Thompson still raised more money than Paul’s $5 million. However the Paul campaign has a lot to be happy about. “Dr. Paul’s message is freedom, peace and prosperity,” said Paul campaign chairman Kent Snyder.  “As these fundraising numbers show, more Americans each day are embracing Dr. Paul’s message.”

What has been rather discouraging is the lack of seriousness with which the media has treated this news. I am not a supporter of any candidate, including Ron Paul, but I believe that his campaign should be treated the same way as all the others. Because the Paul message is about personal liberty, the campaign tends to attract some conspiracy theorists and others of that type, the media dismisses any news relating to Paul.  

The campaign itself has made it clear that they are running on a traditional small government conservative platform, but this hasn’t stopped many from labeling the Paul camp crazy. The candidate can’t do anything about the type of people that support the campaign, or the beliefs that some of those people may hold. Ron Paul is simply a small government conservative, and even though the system is rigged against his type of small campaign, he deserves to at least have his message heard.

Paul press release 

Jason Easley is the politics editor at His column The Political Universe appears on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Jason is also the host of TPU Radio, which can be heard at every Sunday morning at 11 AM ET.

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