Ron Paul's Son Raises $433K for Senate Run

Political newcomer borrows dad's tactics in online fundraising
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2009 12:35 PM CDT
Republican Rand Paul speaks at the 129th annual Fancy Farm Picnic Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009 in Fancy Farm, KY.   (AP Photo/ Daniel R. Patmore)
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(Newser) – Rand Paul borrowed a page from his dad’s playbook this week, raking in $433,509 in online donations in just 24 hours, reports CQ Politics. That’s may not approach the $6 million “money bomb” Ron Paul managed for his presidential run—or the $1 million Rand had hoped for—but it’s a pretty good start for a candidate who’s been in politics all of three weeks.

“This is a pretty amazing feat,” Paul said. “It shows we are in the running.” Paul is vying to replace resigning Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning, and already polls put him in second in the primary, trailing the GOP establishment candidate by 11 points. His politics are just like his dad’s. In a Daily Beast interview, he worries about “world government,” thinks the Fed should be eliminated, and says his driving issue is the national debt.