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Ron Paul's 'Black This Out' Campaign Raising Millions

Ron Paul, tired of being ignored by the media and marginalized by the Republican Party, is taking his case to the one group that truly matters: the American people.

So far, it's working. Paul has significant support in nationwide polls, and is near the top in both Iowa and New Hampshire. He either wins or comes within a whisker of winning just about every straw poll the Republicans invent...and gets no attention for it.

In my 25 years of following and covering politics, I have never seen anything like this. The media and the Republican Party are conspiring to keep Ron Paul and his ideas from winning the 2012 nomination for president, and possibly the presidency itself.

His supporters are not taking this mistreatment lightly. Rather than just complain about it, however, Ron Paul's supporters use the slights as an opportunity to raise awareness and, as today will surely show, raise money for the candidate and his cause.

As we will surely see when the numbers are finally reported, today is one of Ron Paul's trademarked "Money Bomb" days. Since Paul does not solicit donations from corporations or lobbyists, his campaign relies on money from ordinary citizens. To maximize the impact of this fundraising, Paul's campaign and supporters organize days where everyone who wants to donate can donate at one time. It's actually an incredibly impressive organizational feat to pull off, and it gives Paul a good chunk of cash to buy ads and run his campaign.

Well, today is one of those days...with a twist. Today's theme is "Black This Out", in honor of the mainstream media and the Republican Party, who have decided to black out Ron Paul from all positive coverage, give him minimal time in debates, and simply refuse to cover his campaign as a serious contender for the nomination.

They even said as much, and more, on their website blackthisout.com.

"We have faced the facts. You are trying to control the outcome of this election and will never cover in fair, reasonable, and journalistic manner, the only candidate that can beat Obama, so we have resolved to counter your efforts. Today's Black This Out money bomb is the metaphorical 'first shot' of the 'second stage' of the Ron Paul Revolution, triggered by YOU. From this day forward, we are going to redouble our efforts toward winning the nomination without you. We will make the necessary sacrifices to continually and steadfastly donate our money and our time, until our candidate has the funds and support to purchase the undistorted coverage that you have denied him. Ron Paul will not go without the funds and volunteers needed to win this race."

Ron Paul supporters will also be holding a rally today in New York City at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. If you live in the area, and you're a fan of Ron Paul or just want to send a message about liberty, swing by the rally and show the mainstream media what they're missing out on when they ignore Ron Paul's campaign.

I know the media likes to pretend it doesn't pick favorites and influence political races, but it does. At the very least, it does not provide equal or fair coverage for the candidates in the race. How else can you explain this report yesterday which shows that Ron Paul — who polls between 8 and 16 percent, depending on the audience — has received only 2 percent of the coverage in this race?

Two percent for a person who came in second place in the most important pre-nomination event of the season, the Iowa Straw Poll. And even that was questionable, as Bachmann appeared to have bribed her way to victory, and then immediately flamed out on the basis of being completely insane.

The Atlantic Wire confirms that there has been an obvious Ron Paul Blackout in this election cycle.

"Ron Paul loyalists have been vindicated. After months of observations that the mainstream media was ignoring the libertarian standard-bearer, a new study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism shows just that: the Texas Congressman, who has consistently polled in the high single digits — Real Clear Politics's aggregate poll currently has him at 8 percent — has received the least overall coverage of any candidate. From May 2 to October 9, Paul appeared as the “primary newsmaker" in only 2% of all election stories," the Wire said.

Interested voters can visit Ron Paul's campaign website at www.ronpaul2012.com to sign up to donate or to volunteer for the campaign. It is noon as I write this, and already his campaign is over $800,000 on the day. As someone who roots for the underdog in just about every fight, I'd love to see Ron Paul hit his fundraising goals and continue to spread his message of liberty across the nation.

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