The GOP's most ignored candidate, Ron Paul, may be slow in the polls, but he's quietly building the Big 'Mo as reflecting in his latest fundraising figures.
While both Democrats and Republicans in the presidential race are finding it more difficult to pass the hat as their big donors hit federal giving limits, the trajectory for the Texas Republican keeps climbing. The antiwar libertarian raised more than $3 million in the third quarter, up from $2.4 million in the second quarter and $641,000 in the first three months of the year.
For the three months ended Sept. 30, Paul out-raised old Washington hands including Democrats Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, who took in $1.5 million, and Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, who raised just under $2 million.
Paul may have started out as a sort of joke candidate but his growing support among the masses is no laughing matter and the rest of the field on both sides may find the last laugh is on them. At a time when no major candidate is willing to commit to ending the occupation of Iraq, Paul's anti-war stance looks like a more attractive selling point every day.