At midnight EST, donations were over $6 million, according to the campaign Web site. Those donations were processed credit-card receipts, said Paul campaign spokesman Jesse Benton. Benton said the median donation was about $50 in the fundraiser, which was the idea of Paul supporters who are not officially connected to the campaign.
Why is he doing it? What does he expect to gain? What agenda does he advocate? What strings, in other words, come with this money?
Conscience. Strings of principle, of ethics and of conscience - strings that Ron Paul is more than happy to be bound by.
"I know my tax dollars are being used to kill people," Lyman said. "It makes me feel horrible."
It's hard to argue with motivations like that - and it's hard to argue that such motivations are "naive" or "unrealistic" in light of more than ten millions raised on the strengths of Ron Paul's principles alone, without direct or implied bribes.
Ron Paul doesn't advocate single payer health care and he's opposed to social security in principle (I differ with him there, by the by). But there are few personally selfish reasons to vote for him. They don't call him "Dr. No" for nothin'.