U.S. Congressman Ron Paul, R-Texas, has one message for the national media in protest to their lack of coverage of his campaign: Bring it.
On Wednesday, Paul, a three-time presidential candidate, launched a new money bomb fundraising drive for his current GOP campaign, called Black This Out. The drive has already been a success, bringing in more than $2.3 million from small individual donors from around the country, and cash is reportedly still flowing in.
In an e-mail to supporters, Paul asked them to donate to his campaign, The State Column reported.
None of our hard work matters unless I can raise the resources to break through the media blackout and take my message of liberty straight to the voters, Paul wrote. Unlike my establishment opponents, I can't hit up Wall Street bankster fat cats for big checks. Nor would I want to.
Campaign A Response to Media Undercoverage
The Black This Out money bomb is in direct reference to his lack of coverage in the national media while on the campaign trail. A new study released by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism confirmed that despite Paul's showing in the top tier of national polls, he is still receiving the least coverage of all the Republican candidates.
Referring to that poll, Paul wrote: Despite polls consistently showing me within striking distance of first place over the past few months ... a recent study confirmed the national media's all-out blackout of my campaign.
Real Clear Politic's aggregate poll currently has Paul at eight percent. But from May 2 to Oct. 9, Paul appeared as the primary newsmaker in only two percent of all election stories, according to the study. The figures were compiled from a list of 52 of the top mainstream news sources, encompassing newspapers, cable news, and broadcast television.
Moreover, a study by the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs shows that Paul has also been given the least amount of speaking time at the Republican debates thus far. Of the last three GOP debates, Paul was allotted 18 minutes and 47 seconds, the least amount of time.
On Monday, Paul announced his Restore America plan, which calls for $1 trillion in spending cuts in his first year in office, the elimination of five cabinet departments and a fully balanced budget by the third year in his presidency.