Ron Paul Lists Some Colorful Donors
By: Wall Street Journal
Susan Davis reports on presidential fund-raising.
A circus clown, diet guru, exotic dancer, monetary architect and slacker in chief: These are some of the folks that help make Rep. Ron Paulâ€™s presidential campaign the choice of individualistic voters.
Paulâ€™s third-quarter financial disclosure report is sprinkled with supporters whose self-descriptions of their occupations are unusual, to say the least. Wade Talkington of Panama City, Fla., who donated $1,000 to Paul, lists his occupation as â€œtax slave to the Federal Govt.â€ Erik Hovden of Olalla, Wash., is the â€œHead slacker in Chgâ€ at Simpson LLC, and housewife Pamela Schuberg of Moorpark, Calif., a $2,300 donor, lists her employer as â€œour children.â€
Donald Cowles lists himself as self-employed and his occupation as simply â€œCapitalist.â€ On the opposite end, David Cameron of San Jose, Calif., lists his employer as â€œLooking for Workâ€ and his job as â€œUnemployed.â€ Still, Cameron has given a total of $1,900 to the campaign.
Griswold Draz of Wellfleet, Mass., a $500 donor, is a self-described â€œcurmudgeon,â€ and Andrew Maul of Pittsburgh, Pa., is a â€œCitizen Fighting Tyranny.â€ Others are more coy. James Harper of Vancouver, Wash., a $600 donor, offered â€œguess? â€ as his occupation.
Starchild, a San Francisco-based escort and exotic dancer who ended up on Paulâ€™s list as â€œStar Child,â€ contributed $300. Starchild, formerly Chris Fox, is a perennial Libertarian candidate in the Bay Area, having run unsuccessfully for district supervisor, the state assembly and the school board. Self-described monetary architect Bernard Von Nothaus, who has said Paul is the â€œInternetâ€™s favorite presidential candidate,â€ has created a $1 Ron Paul coin and is listed in the disclosure report as giving a $2,300 in-kind contribution of coins.
Raw Food Diet activist Roger Haeske contributed $500, as has Jim Punkre, co-author of â€œThe Fast Food Diet,â€ among other books. In the second quarter, self-described circus clown Eric Blair of Greeneville, Tenn., gave $2,300.
Individual donors are the backbone of Paulâ€™s operation which has relied heavily on grassroots activism and Internet fund-raising. All told in the third quarter, Paul took in $5.3 million in contributions, all but $6,725 of which came from individuals. The campaign has set an ambitious $12 million goal for the fourth quarter, which ends Dec. 31. Since the quarter began, the campaign has raised a little over $1 million â€” which is monitored in real-time on the campaignâ€™s Web site.
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