Ron Paul 'Tea Party' Nets $6M

No blimp, but otherwise a steaming success
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2007 6:52 AM CST
Republican presidential hopeful, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, responds during the Des Moines Register Republican Presidential Debate in Johnston, Iowa, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – In an event dubbed "Boston TeaParty07," supporters of quirky GOP candidate Ron Paul rallied in the Boston snow yesterday while donations from across the nation dropped a record-breaking one-day "money bomb" of $6 million into the campaign. Most of the funds were donated over the Internet. To Paul's backers, the fundraising blitz demonstrated that he's a ''viable candidate," the Boston Globe reports.

Despite the cash haul, not all was as hoped for. The Ron Paul Blimp, originally scheduled to fly over Boston, was instead in South Carolina, and a plan to dump tea in Boston Harbor was modified to tossing banners reading "tyranny" and "no taxation without representation" into boxes in front of a picture of the harbor.