Ron Paul may have raised more than his GOP opponents last quarter, and as much as Hillary

From Bloomberg:

Presidential candidate Ron Paul raised almost $20 million for his campaign in the last three months, potentially outpacing every one of his Republican rivals and putting his fundraising in league with Hillary Clinton’s.

Paul, a U.S. representative from Texas, raised at least $19.5 million, according to a statement posted on his Web site. His campaign said today that he originally aimed to raise $12 million in the fourth quarter of 2007.

The take puts Paul on par with the top fundraisers in the Democratic Party, who outpaced Republicans last year. The campaign of New York Senator Clinton yesterday said she raised more than $100 million for the year, meaning she brought in at least $20 million in the fourth quarter.

More after the jump…The guy fascinates me. Well, his supporters fascinate me. What exactly is going on here? Is it Republicans fed up with how kooky and message-less their party has become? Is it Independents and Democratics dissatisfied with the current candidates on the left? Is it new voters? Who the heck is giving this guy his money? Paul is at only 9% in Iowa. And he hasn’t broken double-digits in NH either. So who is giving him all this money, and does it translate, or why isn’t it translating, into popular support? And in any case, does it matter? As Joe has noted before, with $20 million Ron Paul can run a lot of ads attacking other Republicans. And just the other day he said he wouldn’t rule out a third-party run. I have to think that Paul is a greater threat to Republican candidates than Democratic candidates. Then again, his no-bones-about-it anti-war message could resonate with some on the left who are disaffected with the Dems.

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