Ron Paul's running the 2012 Republican nomination race to win it (or at least collect lots of delegates); his campaign has a strong national strategy that goes beyond just Iowa and New Hampshire.
This strategy, however, takes a lot of money to run ideally - apparently more than what Paul's campaign has.
We don't have plans for a $10 million, $20 million program [in Florida], Paul told CNN reporter Dana Bash.
Florida is an early and big primary state; candidates wanting to win their party's nomination would ideally spend a lot of money there.
We don't have that money in the bank and we can't go to Wall Street and get this money, the Congressman explained.
Indeed, Paul is the one candidate Wall Street (major banks and investment firms in New York) is not giving money to.
At the end of 2011, Paul raised over $25 million. No major Wall Street firm*, however, gave him more than $6,000 at the end of the third quarter, according to OpenSecrets.org.
This may be surprising because Wall Street is generally a big spender on the political campaigns of both Democrats and Republicans.
In 2008, Barack Obama received the second most contributions from Goldman Sachs, Democratic rival Hillary Clinton received the third most contributions from JPMorgan Chase and Republican rival John McCain received the most contributions from Merrill Lynch.
In 2012, Romney is the big Wall Street candidate with Goldman Sachs as his top donor. Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich managed to scrape some money from Wall Street.
Paul, contrastingly, cannot seem to get anything from them; his top three contributors are the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy.
One possible explanation for Wall Street's stinginess towards him is his staunch stance against the Federal Reserve, which lent $7.77 trillion to troubled banks from 2008 to 2009 and kept interest ultra-low to give Wall Street a highly-profitable risk-free carry trade in 2009.
Another possible reason is that Paul was strongly against the $700 billion TARP bailout for Wall Street in 2008.
In the 2012 presidential race, no viable candidate (President Obama included) holds similar views as him on these issues.
Still, Paul, despite no money from Wall Street, likely raised the second most money in 2011 after Romney largely because of his strong grassroots network of devoted supporters.
*Organizations do not directly give to political candidates, but individual associated with them do (often in an organized manner).