Ron Paul's presidential campaign regularly reports expenses well below the $200 minimum to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), and in at least 160 reports so far in the campaign has reported purchases costing a dollar or less.
Paul's diligence goes beyond the letter of the law and is unusual for a presidential campaign, according to an analysis by the nonprofit investigative news site ProPublica.
Paul's reports show a range of expenses, including bank fees, 22 cents at FedEx, $1.09 for office equipment at the Dollar Tree in Baton Rouge, a $1 toll on the Florida turnpike and $26.72 for catering from a Little Caesars pizza in Colorado on New Year’s Day.
Under FEC rules, campaigns are required to disclose expenditures of more than $200, yet, according to ProPublica, few campaigns track every dollar below that line.
But Paul has campaigned on his desire for increasing government transparency, particularly in financial decisions. According to ProPublica — which found similar results when looking at Endorse Liberty, a super-PAC supporting Paul — the candidate lives out his advocacy in his campaign.