Paul raises $1 million in Constitution Day 'money bomb'

Rep. Ron Paul's (R-Texas) campaign announced Monday that it had netted more than $1 million in a single-day "money bomb" fundraiser over the weekend.

It was the latest in a series of frenzied single-day fundraisers that Paul has leaned on to propel his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. It is the fifth money bomb in this campaign cycle to bring in more than $1 million in a single event.

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“Our campaign continues to grow in strength and numbers, and the success of these truly grassroots events is a telling example of Dr. Paul’s support,” Paul campaign chairman Jesse Benton said. “Our rising poll numbers and successful fundraising demonstrate that Dr. Paul’s strong message of Constitutionally-limited government, a traditionally Republican non-interventionist foreign policy and a return to sound money is clearly resonating with the American people.”

Paul held the fundraiser symbolically on Constitution Day, a little-known federal holiday on Sept. 17 celebrating the nation's foundational document.

Paul's campaign also scored a victory over the weekend in the California straw poll. The congressman scored 44.9 percent of the vote, with Texas Governor Rick Perry trailing with 29.3 percent of the vote and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney rounding out the top three with 8.8 percent.

Paul spoke in Los Angeles on Sunday, hitting on his familiar libertarian themes couched in constitutional terms.

"I'm running on peace and prosperity and personal liberty, the U.S. Constitution and the American tradition," Paul said. "What is the purpose of government and political action? I think the main purpose of our Constitution and political action should be the preservation of liberty."