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Thursday, March 27, 2008
Where Did Ron Paul’s Money Go?
If I was a Ron Paul donor, I’d be feeling pretty ripped off these days. Plenty of guys (and they were mostly guys) were wandering around forums bragging about how they were scrimping and saving in order to ship money off to help fund the “Revolution.” While, as I’ve said before, I despise Paul and most of what he stands for, one can’t help but feel a degree of admiration for such ardent enthusiasm. Of course, when you scrimp and save to win, it’s empowering. When you do it to lose every single primary and caucus that you compete in, it’s got to be disheartening.
Some of the people who donated to the Paul campaign are surely wondering what happened to all of that money. Frankly, I’ve been wondering the same thing - $30 Million is a lot of money to blow through without visible effect. Sure, Mitt Romney blew through far more than that – but I saw plenty of evidence of where that money went. I don’t recall a single flashy ad campaign from Paul – certainly none that could have cost even a fraction of that amount.
After a discussion on this the other night, I decided to go and do some digging in Ron Paul’s finance reports. I didn’t expect to find anything too shocking. I figured that, well, the same thing probably happened to Paul as happened to Howard Dean in 2004 – he wasn’t prepared to run a national campaign and, when he did, expenses spiralled out of control, with plenty of unscrupulous consultants cashing in at the expense of a candidate in way over his head and, beyond that, with plenty of money being wasted on essentially improvising a Presidential campaign.
Certainly, there appears to be some of that. A lot of Ron Paul’s advertising dollars went to what seem to be second-tier companies with shoddy websites (something I’ve learned, over the years, is the be suspicious of any company which claims to be a modern firm but which has a website which appears to be at least ten years old).
For example, one wonders what exactly Paul’s donors got for the $120,000 paid to MPrinting Graphics, a firm controlled by Paul’s Congressional campaign manager which doesn’t even appear to have a website, for television advertising production in the week after Super Tuesday. I’m not suggesting that anything illegal or immoral occurred here, of course. One just wonders what ads those paid for and what experience that firm had in the field.
Indeed, paying $162,051 in the space of six days to a business controlled by your Congressional campaign manager in the week after Super Tuesday creates, at the very least, an appearance of impropriety. Especially when one recalls that, between Super Tuesday and the March Texas Primary, there was speculation that Paul was in trouble in his home district.
Nothing illegal about hiring your friends, of course, but one has to wonder how the people who donated money that they needed themselves to Ron Paul because they believed so strongly in the cause feel about their money being spent in such a fashion.
Even more interesting is the $994,339 that the Paul campaign spent – roughly 3.5% of all the money that the Paul campaign spent – at a firm known as “Campaign Marketing Strategies Inc.” based in Alexandria, Virginia. The firm has no website. It appears to have no phone number. I can find no description of what it does. The address provided by the campaign – and in what records of the company I could find – it for what appears to be a private home.
A Campaign Marketing Strategies Inc. was registered in Virginia on July 17th of last year. According to Virginia records, the firm’s registered agent is one “Chris Cupit.” I have no idea if this is the same Chris Cupit who was tied to the 2002 New Hampshire phone jamming scandal – and who was seemingly connected with the Constitution Party's 2004 candidate - but it seems possible.
The money is generically listed as being for “telecommunications” with no further elaboration. The other large expenses made under this heading appear to have been for robo-calling. Though, in the other examples I examined, the companies all had the basics of business – you know, things like offices, phone numbers, web sites, and so forth.
So, what was that $1 Million for? I don’t know. I couldn’t call up Campaign Marketing Strategies Inc. to ask what they do, since they don’t have an office, a web site, an e-mail address, or a phone number.
Now, let’s be very clear – I’m no t suggesting, hinting, or even implying that Ron Paul ran off with the money or that he blew it as a patron of the Emperor’s Club VIP or whatever else. I’m quite convinced that’s not the case. What I’m suggesting is, from a libertarian viewpoint, probably worse: I’m suggesting that he squandered it.
Caveat emptor, as the Romans used to say.
Paul’s personal history – marketing ghost-written ultra-right newsletters whose contents he disavowed as soon as they became inconvenient – ought to have been taken as a sign by his supporters. First, that he’s not a man above attempting to enrich himself through populist opportunism. Second, that someone whose entire life up until this point was strictly small-time might not be up to the challenge of effectively managing tens of millions of dollars.
Where did the money go? It evaporated. Some of it went to his friends. The rest of it – most of it probably – went to smooth-talking consultants who bamboozled him as effectively as Lyle Lanley did when he sold the people of Springfield a used Monorail.
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"You know, opinion tempered by the facts.
Posted by: Marc Scott Emery"
You mean your opinion and facts tempered by a cloud of "weed" smoke, and like all outdated hippies fueled by your rabid anti Americanism?
One can read you're hate filled screed at any gathering of what is considered the leftist mindset.
Why don't you do us all a favor and leave any serious blogging or "opinions", to those who are at least coherent.
Posted by: deepblue | 2008-03-27 11:17:48 PM
I will not even touch you even remotely thinking that the money was squandered as you obviously don't know about Dr. Paul, or how he manages his finances.
However, what I can say is that I did donate as much as I possibly could and it was worth EVERY PENNY.
The true revolution has just begun. The presidential race was a great springboard to wake the American people up (which was looong overdue), and get them asking questions again.
Yes indeed. Worth. Every. Single. Economically- Depressed. Red. Cent.
Posted by: Travis | 2008-03-27 11:26:39 PM
What you should be wondering is where Rudy Guiliani spent his $60.9 million, without getting even one single delegate.
Posted by: Dan S. | 2008-03-27 11:28:03 PM
You're hired, Marc. Welcome to the Western Standard. I'm your #1 fan.
As for Adam, we're lucky to have him. The Western Standard is trying to cover news that is relevant to both libertarians and conservatives, the two groups who I believe make up the freedom movement. (That’s as fusionist as I can get, Kalim.) Adam very ably and without apology represents neo-conservatives on this site – and neo-conservatives are the vast majority of our 60,000 known online readers. We've got other bloggers who come at things from a socially conservative perspective. I value them all.
As I see it, libertarians will give us political freedom, and conservatives (conservative values and conservative institutions) will create a culture that allows us to maintain and enjoy that freedom responsibly.
We need each other. We need you to remind us that marijuana users should be free to live as they please. We need Ezra to fight for free speech. We need Pierre to defend gun rights. And we need Adam to remind us that there are people in the world who do not share our love of freedom and reason.
Welcome aboard, my friend.
Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2008-03-27 11:39:16 PM
Who could not doubt the internationalist leanings of the writer of this electronic fishwrap! Low grade agit-prop, that it is, however. I say, "who cares what the national Ron Paul outfit does with the funds? I do my bit in the county I live in." I am a nationalist...I could give a hang about other places on the globe, other than those parts within due metes and bounds, And called The united States of America. Lets pay back the foreigners first, and then keep the product and wealth of America for Americans. Do remember, it aint over, even after September 4th. See you in St Paul !
Posted by: ew keane | 2008-03-28 12:08:49 AM
Ron Paul's ideas and intelligence are more accurate than anyone else running for president right now.
Posted by: Brandon | 2008-03-28 12:11:32 AM
No, I'm pissed at the Main Stream, Corporate Controlled Media that actively suppressed and marginalized the most qualified candidate that this country has seen in decades. I'm pissed that the vast majority of Americans cannot add 2+2. I'm pissed that we are witnessing the End of America. I'm pissed that we spend money we don't even have to fund a bogus war on terror. We know who the real terrorists are. They are sitting in the White House and Langley right now. I hate you CIA, for not doing the will of the American People.
Posted by: COINTELPRO | 2008-03-28 1:36:34 AM
You Ronulans are a bitter arrogant lot.
You go on about the stellar integrity of Ron Paul yet you display neither integrity nor grace yourselves.
You wouldn't recognize integrity if it bit you on the lip.
If Ron Paul was so great and the rest of us missed his excellence, it was only because of how offputting it has been to have frenetic mindless swarms of you descending on every blogsite that mentions his name like locusts, freeping the polls, and generally making a nuisance of yourselves with your canned phraseology and paranoid conspiracy theories, while contributing nothing to the communities of each blog that you've abused the hospitality at.
Don't blame the CIA, the MSM, the Bilderbergers, the critical reviews, look at what you have done and are doing.
Posted by: Speller | 2008-03-28 2:21:58 AM
I feel ripped off by the press who report on their candidates and not all candidates. I feel ripped off by a government who breaks all the rules and laws while expecting the people to follow them. I feel ripped off by the Supreme Court who appointed our president. I feel ripped off by the Democratic and Republican parties who do not represent the people but special interests. I feel ripped off knowing that the US has become a terrorist state is financing another terrorist state (Israel) with tax payer money when americans are starving, homeless and soon to be out of work.
Clinton, Obama and McCain have more campaign finance. Waste more campaign finance and have no solutions other than hot air, lets spend some more and lets have some more war.
I don't blame the "CIA, the MSM, the Bilderbergers, the critical reviews" I blame us, the american people for being ignorant, lazy and forgetful.
US$ was 1-1 with the Euro now it is 1-1.58. Milk is costing $ 4.50 a gallon. There is less than 50% equity in american's homes. Europe took over as the worlds biggest economy. Worldwide hatred at american and US citizens is at an all time high. Women are being made to take off nipple rings for TSA, tazered because they .....
When you take a lobster and put it in cold water and slowly turn up the temp they are not going to notice that the water is ready to boil them. Americans are the lobsters. Slowly boiled and we don't notice. Little by little they take away peoples rites and no one cares.
"Back..Back..Back in the USSR........."
Posted by: Jamie David | 2008-03-28 3:16:39 AM
After your first sentence, you should have stopped writing your article and gone back to drinking your kool aid.
You obviously are not a Ron Paul supporter, therefore you should let the people who donated to him feel ripped off, that is if those people choose to feel that way. The premise for the article is a stupid segway into the typically uninformed writers who bash Congressman Paul because they really dont have a clue.
Those that support him have a pretty good grasp on his positions,how those positions would be beneficial to our country,and the realities of our sorry state of politics along with the MSM complicity.
Posted by: Stuart | 2008-03-28 3:25:34 AM
The more I see and read of Ron Paul's followers (Paulians as I refer to them) the more I think its a cult. The inane responses in this thread do really show them up for the drones they are. They believe that political discourse is well served by abuse and nasty attacks...how pathetic.
Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge | 2008-03-28 3:52:45 AM
You are a coward and a liar.
Posted by: Brad | 2008-03-28 6:07:50 AM
Wow, what a way to nit pick and ignore the fact that Ron Paul's campaign is in the black, even without major media coverage. Giuliani, who was favored by the media, had a campaign heavy in debt and didn't even pay his campaign managers during the last month that he ran.
You obviously missed the LA Times' more unbiased review of his finances:
"Not only does Paul talk the conservative talk, it seems he walks the conservative walk. He reported having raised $34.65 million since he launched his (get ready, Paulunteers) long-shot White House bid last year. Paul reported spending about $29 million as of Feb. 29. And he reported having an impressive $5.57 million cash left in the bank.
Now, get this: The Ron Paul presidential campaign reported no debts. Not a dollar. Not even a penny. What has this country come to when half the members of Congress run for president and fully one of them campaigns within his means? This conservative revolution will not be run on funny money like the Federal Reserve system they want to abolish."
Posted by: George Dewey | 2008-03-28 6:51:46 AM
LOTS of 'concern' over Dr Ron & his $.
Most by people & orgs that did not donate the $.
Reason to fear = the smear prop.
Good old neocon John McCain & RNC/DNC.
gravel kucinich paul nader
cynthia mckinney too
dare speak truth
Posted by: GravelKucinichPaulNader | 2008-03-28 7:11:10 AM
Fool. You need to go back to flippin' burgers, 'cause being a journalist ain't your thing. Other than that, it's already been said here eloquently. Last time I checked, Ron was still running.
Posted by: Earthmother | 2008-03-28 8:45:09 AM
Terrible article, poorly written, spelled spiraled with two L's. Look at all this negative feedback. If I were your manager I would have a sit down with you and question your ability to write and not screw up not only the facts but what people think as well. F+ Plus for effort.
Posted by: Aaron | 2008-03-28 8:49:17 AM
My wife and I are about poor as dirt, relatively speaking. Yeah, we sacrificed pizza night and a few other niceties and donated to the R3volution. Of course, you'd be upset. That's because you never sat down and considered what's at stake or the value of what's been and continues to be achieved by our actions. Next time you go to the store, consider that every Federal Reserve Note you spend buys about four cents' worth of goods. Consider that the Fed's induced inflation has robbed the individuals in this country of the fruits of their labor. Consider what's spent on the military industrial complex to support hundreds of unnecessary bases overseas. Consider the Socialism and Fascism offered by the rest in the political class. I have a six year old son who will have to live in the world we create today. Regardless of whether that world is better or worse, I want to be able to look him in the eye and tell him I did my part. Next time you sit at your keyboard, remember the old adage, "It is better to remain silent and appear the fool, than it is to speak and remove all doubt."
Posted by: Bryan Morton | 2008-03-28 9:24:31 AM
I agree horrible article. Obviously written with an ax to grind. But hey at least you give another forum so that countless people can tell you that Ron Paul isn't finished, he hasn't squandered the money and that maybe you should not write about what you do not understand. Mostly guys? I guess you haven't been to the rallys...
Hey...thanks for motivating me more as well. If you are representative of the type of minds we are up against than I feel increased confidence.
Well I am off to find more "issue" rather than "canidate" articles to leave comments on. I hope to see more Ron Paul comments on those as well. Of course we won't be saying ROn Paul as much but will instead argue the platform. Hope to see you there.
Posted by: MJ | 2008-03-28 9:34:07 AM
What is the purpose of this article? Do you want to report on something really good? why don't you report on how Romney endorsed McCain after spending millions of dollars trying to convince people that McCain is a liberal? This would be a good article to write about. Romney is part of McCain's campaign now! LOL!!! Romney is an idiot and a freakin' hypocryte! Romney proved to people that after spending millions of dollars on trying to convince people McCain is a liberal that Romney's a liberal also.
The Revolution is moving on! I support libery so therefore I support Ron Paul!
Posted by: Puerto | 2008-03-28 9:38:58 AM
No shit. Well, why do you care anyway, if you don't support him?
Posted by: Riz | 2008-03-28 9:42:19 AM
Ron Paul used the money to raise awareness about the mounting loss of freedom in our country, the looming economic collapse in America, and the disastrous foreign policies of our nation. In the last three elections, libertarian candidates earned about 0.33% of the vote. Ron Paul multiplied those results by about 16. Many supporters are staying for the long haul: working for freedom within the political system. Several Ron Paul candidates are running for Congress. God bless America, and God bless Ron Paul.
Posted by: 1440 minutes | 2008-03-28 9:43:12 AM
As soon as you wrote that you "dispise Paul and everything he stands for", I knew what an ignorant, unamerican ( not just because of your last name ) individual you had to be.
Ron Paul, the only patriotic conservative on either side, was the only real candidate and our revolution is just beginning.
money changers beware!
i USED TO GET MAD, NOW I JUST LAUGH AT THESE ARTICLES AS DO THE REAL RON PAUL SUPPORTERS
Posted by: david a. dudenhoefer | 2008-03-28 9:57:15 AM
Given the number and sheer size of the states which comprise the US, $35-million dollars for a US-wide campaign is an expensive undertaking. One may compare this to an allowance of $1-million per year for a US Senator, for example, to simply send out post to his/her constituents. In addition to the funds raised, it also requires a massive commitment by a candidate's supporters to actually get out and raise electorate support at homes and anywhere else where such action is needed.
Of that personal commitment, only 10% of the requested numbers came forward to sign up as precinct captains. And contributions were reported at an average of $100.0 Hardly an amount of money to get too worked up about, given that America prides itself on being the world's wealthiest nation.
Ron Paul failed to make the impact expected, simply because enough pounding the pavement was not done in comparison to his competitors' efforts. Clinton was literally having some of her supporters drive voters to the polls to vote. Which is an interesting comment in itself with regard to how much Americans care about who gets to be President.
Posted by: Charles Smyth | 2008-03-28 9:57:18 AM
Posted by: Scott | 2008-03-28 10:11:47 AM
ah, ha ha ha! Looks like no one sympathizes with your hatred of Ron Paul and your blatant SMEAR attempt.
As for your despising everything he stands for, which one of his beliefs and principles would that be? Liberty, civil rights, freedom, equality, small transparent accountable government, speaking the truth instead of pandering and lying, peace and trading instead of continuous war, a prosperous economy, no Federal Reserve, no Patriot Act, no criminal IRS?
Gee, you must really hate life. Stay inside your cave in Canada. We don't need your kind here, you creep.
Ron Paul or Bust! 2008
Posted by: blakmira | 2008-03-28 11:05:31 AM
Listen Mr. 'If I was a Ron Paul doner...' which you obviously were not because you 'oppose everything for which he stands for' Let me say this. WOW your article must have been the most unintelligent articles I have ever had the displeasure of wasting my time resding. You obviously don't agree with Dr. Paul's ideals of less government control, less interfierance in foriegn countries, you must want money to just be paper with past President's faces on it, you must LOVE the idea of having your every move tracked by a national id card, and you must enjoy knowing that if Ron Paul is not elected that any of the three other candidates are going to do absolutly nothing abut the financial mess George Bush has put us in, they seem to have a dead set intention to mak ethings ten times worse for America.
Let me get back to your entire misrepresentation of where Ron Paul's donations have gone. I have to insist that before you put your lack of knowlage of anything political you know what you are talking about first. If you writing this pathetic excuse for an editorial piece is not evidence enough of how many intelligent patriots agree with Dr. Paul's ideas for America, you are seriously blind to the cold hard facts that the donations that Dr. Paul has recieved have indeed been going directly into gaining the votes of the people who do not believe that the media wants you to belive. (You seem to be doing exactly wha they want you to do... oppose anything outside the mainstream. The media wants you to be braindead and repeat everything that MSNBC, CNN, or your local evening news tells you. Good job. You are officially a sheep) Dr. Paul's moeny goes into a grassroots effort to win over people county by county state by state. You will see. At the National Convention, there will be no more excuses to discredit Ron Paul, to ignore his followers, or to even pretend like his followers are all just furverish minded supporters only concerned with going against the grain.
Whatever the actual outcome of this election, I (as a Ron Paul supporter) truly belive the moeny and time he has spent bringing this Revolution to light, will not have been in vain. This revolution is not just about who becomes President. It is about reminding people that there are still a great deal of people who believe in that America used to stand for and what America should continue to stand for.
Posted by: D | 2008-03-28 11:08:44 AM
Since you didn't donate,why the hell do you care?We who DO care for Freedom & it's messasge,know & SEE where it's going..Hell,we're seeing UNPAID people spreading the message,now THATS what I'M talking about...Hope this isn't your day job...
Posted by: Crystal | 2008-03-28 11:35:42 AM
I contributed $100 to Mitt many months ago because I thought he was the only person running who could change/fix Washington. Then I found out about Dr. Paul. Mitt continued to tell un-truths (I am a life-long hunter; I marched with Dr. King, etc., etc.). I did not have any disposable income but I contributed to Dr. Paul's campaign anyway because I discovered that his principals, integrity, and wisdom are of such high caliber that he is the best person for the job. My 9-year old son is going to get stuck with the mess my father's and my generation are handing him. We will enter into a depression when the financial markets implode but the groundwork for a revolution is in place because of Dr. Paul’s courage. It is going to get ugly but a younger prettier face will pick up the torch lit by Mises and carried by Paul, and lead us to freedom once again.
Can you imagine what Washington, Madison, Jefferson and other founding father’s would say if they saw what happened to country that they established?
Posted by: Stephen D. | 2008-03-28 11:39:03 AM
Although I too am a Ron Paul Supporter who has donated, I don't see anyone on the responses here actually addressing what Adam Yoshida has posted.
I am concerned that the money was squandered or conned or nepotized. For any of the organizations that were given multi-thousand dollar payments NOT to have a website or phone number is very strange.
I don't believe Ron himself is a part of any such nafariousness, but I can easily see his handlers and consultants seeing megabucks just sitting there needing to be spent (but not being spent properly), viewing it as ripe for the picking.
This was a remote investigation by a person who just picked up most of the info via online research. Anything deeper I am sure will show some other irregularities.
Posted by: Gary Treistman | 2008-03-28 11:54:42 AM
Ron Paul is a guy that reuses his teabags. I have my doubts that he has stolen money from his supporters. If he were inclined that way, wouldn't he have started doing it years ago?
Posted by: Tom | 2008-03-28 12:52:38 PM
Dumb. Just dumb.
Posted by: Tim | 2008-03-28 2:20:53 PM
So what you're saying is that we should only give money to the candidates pushed by the MSM? That's beyond stupid. It's irresponsible and immoral. But socialism doesn't require responsibility beyond subordination, does it? And morality among socialists is obtuse and dictated by the changing wind of bureaucrats.
Stay in Canada chump. The fight for freedom never ends and requires a more stalwart effort than a socialist could ever understand.
Posted by: Carl | 2008-03-28 2:45:24 PM
What a crock! I'm a Canuck and I donated over $500.00 to Ron Paul by getting the American's whom normally come up and rent my cabin to donate to the campaign. I don't feel ripped off at all. In fact, I've befriended dozens and dozens of people whom I would never have met otherwise. Money well spent as far as I'm concerned.
Posted by: Lance | 2008-03-28 2:57:24 PM
Ron Paul knows what he's doing! May God Bless Him & Keep Him Safe.
Posted by: Sharon | 2008-03-28 5:05:46 PM
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Proof that there is only one candidate that can heal and manage America's ills. However, Ron Paul himself will be in grave danger. It is a known fact that all those who were elected before who stood on sound policies and for peace, integrity have been taken care of in negative ways.
Posted by: Sharon | 2008-03-28 5:16:49 PM
Typical Yoshida / Neo Con crap.
Suck it up! The word is out....Awareness and Freedom are on the rise whether the socialists like it or not. Bless You Ron Paul for helping get the word out "worldwide".
Posted by: JC | 2008-03-28 5:57:58 PM
To mr Adam T. Yoshida
Posted by: OZZY | 2008-03-28 6:05:34 PM
I donated about $600, which was money that I could have used for other things, sure. I can earn that money back soon enough, but I won't soon get another chance to support a message like the one Ron Paul tried to put before the American people. I'm proud of every dime of it. The signers of the Declaration of Independence pledged "our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor." Many of those who signed gave exactly that. Six-hundred bucks is nothing in comparison.
Posted by: Dave | 2008-03-28 6:21:48 PM
You said it your not a Ron Paul supporter so you must be dumb so of course you don't know what happens to money in this situation and I will not explain it because you will not understand. Read a book and pray for America because it will be gone shortly.
Posted by: Sean Tirkot | 2008-03-28 7:07:44 PM
Listen Up Americans for Ron Paul. They must be scared, very scared or they would not bother with therse aricles. This article screams FEAR and it should becuase we are not going away.
Donate today for the March on Washington in June 2008.
We ARE AWAKE and never will close our eyes again even if he does not win , we have the knowledge, the truth and that scares them. We have already WON ........Keep it up fellow Americans for a renewed USA VOTE FOR RON PAUL.
Posted by: Dennis | 2008-03-28 10:22:33 PM
Grab a brain, a--hole. I would compare you with pond scum, except that would not be fair to pond scum.
Posted by: Rocky | 2008-03-29 1:17:06 AM
You DESPISE Ron Paul and most of what he stands for?? You must be a politician then, because you certainly can't be a regular American citizen. Basically what you're saying is that you despise personal liberty and the Constitution, and that you support illegal wars and government control. You're an ass of the worst kind. It's ignorant, lying, pieces of dirt like you that need to move to some other country and stop dragging this one down.
You need to seriously do some research (not with your little Holly Hobbie notebook) and figure out what Ron Paul does stand for. I can't imagine that you despise lower taxes and an unregulated internet. But then again, there are incredibly stupid people like you in our country, unfortunately, and this is proof.
Posted by: Rachel | 2008-03-29 2:49:45 AM
My, you must be embarrassed at the 100% negative feedback you've received. Save yourself a little bit of dignity and delete this piece of crap untrue article before ignorant fools such as yourself believe it's true. It's disgraceful to America to purposely put doubts into unwitting people's heads with your lies. DELETE IT.
Posted by: Laura | 2008-03-29 2:55:54 AM
This article is a passive-aggressive load of horse manure. If you believe these things are true (which you obviously don't), write like you do. Don't constantly say "well I'm not saying this.." and then say it anyway!! Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing, but sometimes I wonder how great it is when it lets people like this moron influence the minds of others with no proof, no intelligent arguments, and no correct spelling. Go graduate high school, do some grown-up research, and then tell me you "despise Ron Paul." a.k.a. "despise freedom, liberty, and America as it should be."
Posted by: Jeffrey | 2008-03-29 3:00:37 AM
How about the billions we keep giving to middle eastern countries? Why aren't you worried about that money?
Or the trillions we spend on Iraq? Where is the outrage in that money? Or the billions that the government just magically manages to lose without a trace? What about that money?
That money which I do not even have a choice but to give to. Where is the outrage in what it's being spent on?
And you think I'm worried about if Ron Paul spent my $2300 well?
Don't know why people keep reposting this same exact blog post. It's funny, they say the election is over for Ron Paul, yet the ridiculously ignorant attacks keep coming.
Posted by: badmedia | 2008-03-29 3:13:27 AM
I donated every dollar I was legally allowed...and I would do it again.
Trolling for McCain has turned you into a brain washed, goose stepping, neo con, nutcase, Adam. You nazi neo con globalist types should be put in the same category as the terrorists...you have the same goal....The death of freedom.
To hell with you.
Posted by: JC | 2008-03-29 11:12:09 AM
probably saving the money for when its needed most right near to the end of this fight for leadership.
He would not be to smart to just waste it now when they will need it later.. what ever he will do I am sure they have a plan and are the right people to do the right thing with it!
Posted by: steve | 2008-03-29 12:23:17 PM
Adam T. Yoshida exposed himself when he wrote, "I despise Paul and most of what he stands for..."
Poor little, weak-minded Adam hates freedom and self-ownership.
Poor little, weak-minded Adam wants to indenture himself to the Power Wealthy.
Poor little, weak-minded, effeminate Adam can measure himself only by how many more State-granted privileges he has against other lessers like himself.
Adam must be told what to do and where to do it at all times. Adam does not care who owns him as long as he can trade a few scraps of paper for a few trinkets.
Adam suffers from a disease. His brain has become fried through conditioning and attitude influence, all designed to bring him to his current being -- unquestioned beliefs of submission.
Adam feels safe as he walks in step with the millions about him following the same script burned into their heads through Public Education of schooling and laugh-track TV sitcoms.
Posted by: FTT Teller | 2008-03-29 1:29:35 PM
...Following up from my previous comments...
I will have to unfornately say...f'ck you. You live in a socialist country that's mostly covered in ice. I know you wish you stayed in American but you don't....so...STFU
Let people like me and others who ACTUALLY gave money criticize Ron Paul...only we have purchased that right...you unfornately have not.
Posted by: Jessie Jones | 2008-03-29 1:30:30 PM
Ron Paul supporters are such silly little cultists. And they're delusional -- they actually think Ron Paul stands for individual liberty, and not for the racist, neo-confederate policies that made him such a big hit with David Duke and Stormfront.
Maybe Ron Paul will use the money you sent him to publish another newsletter full of tirades against "teh evil brown people" who are stealing American jobs.
Too bad the weird little man with the racist friends is never going to be president, no?
Posted by: Alkar the Bard | 2008-03-29 3:18:28 PM
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