While Politico is calling today's "money bomb" for Ron Paul a "dud", it's important to remember that this is all relative. Yes, the $500,000+ that has come in so far (with about 1 1/2 hours left in the day) is well below the $4.3 million raised on November 5, but it's still a significant sum of cash when you consider two thing: 1) this particular money bomb got a late start on promotion--it was thrown in as an "extra" between the November 5 event, and the upcoming December 16th "Tea Party" event; 2) the AVERAGE donation size today, to this writing, has been $79/person, with about 6400 people having donated so far.
While, sure, it would be great fun to have multiple million dollar money bombs, the reality is that this one didn't have the time or the buildup that others have had, and to be frank, a "Rudy's Reading List" money bomb doesn't sound nearly as much fun as either the November 5th ("Remember, Remember") or the Tea Party "bomb." Boosting the campaign coffers by half a million is significant, especially considering that it was booste by relatively small donors. And they came through, once again. It would be virtually impossible for Paul's fundraising goal of $12 million for the quarter not to be met; indeed, if I were going to bet, my bet would be on a quarter that exceeds $15 million. I suspect that the Tea Party day will be a big one, and if it gets anywhere close to November 5th's numbers, and if money keeps trickling in at its usual rate, this will be a good quarter for the Paul campaign heading into those early primary states that I talked about in some detail the other day.