The breakdown of military contributions to Presidential Candidates:
This is from Q2 2007 fundraising for the Republicans AND Democrats. The majority of the money went to Republicans as is expected, but the winner is Ron Paul.
Ron Paul was #1 in contributions from military personnel.
The sum of the money contributed to pro-war candidates exceed the amount going to anti-war candidates but because Ron Paul is the lone anti-war Republican, he comes out the winner. This is precisely the reason why Ron Paul can not be discounted in the primaries. By being the only voice in opposition to the war, he does not need a majority but rather more votes than everybody else. With more voters siding against the war, Ron Paul has got to be looking like a more attractive candidate.
Source: Federal Election Commission (Q2).
Update 7-19-2007 from:
Fundraising Poll: McCain Gets 38% of Small Donors, Ron Paul at 14%
(Submitted to USAElectionPolls.com with a Ron Paul slant by blogger Alex. USAElectionPolls.com added in the blurbs about McCain and posted it.)
In response to Small Donors Love Ron Paul. Many consider fundraising to be one kind of voluntary straw poll. If we were to count the total number of donors a candidate receives as a "vote", we have our fundraising poll.
Let's make an assumption for the average size of the small contribution pool, we can estimate the number of small contributors.
Regardless of our average small contribution estimate, we can get a good picture of where the small contribution "votes" go. I find:
In other words, 1 in 7 Republican small-size contributors gives to Ron Paul impressively larger than Ron Paul's poll numbers. Much has been said about John McCain's poor fundraising but he received 38% of the small donors based on our approximations. In a statement, he charged the other candidates for pandering to the large donors. He is partially right in that he was the candidate to receive the most contributions from small donors.
This article has been brought to you by Alex and edited by David Terr.