From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
On the heels of a St. Anselm College poll showing Ron Paul in fourth place with 7 percent in New Hampshire, the candidate is starting to spend some of those millions he's raised with radio ads and an upcoming TV ad. But Paul is also stepping up efforts in direct mail. The campaign put together a 12-page biographical pamphlet being mailed out in New Hampshire.
The New Hampshire Presidential Watch blog reports, "The mailing comes at the same time that Ron Paul will spend $1 million on five New Hampshire television commercials."
Paul has also spent $430,000 on a new radio ad, which will run in New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina and Nevada. The 60-second ad, an appeal to New Hampshire independents, mentions Paul's name 11 times and focuses on conservative principles of spending, foreign policy and taxes and mentions "flip-flopping" Republicans and Bill Clinton.
The campaign had an online fund-raising push to try and pay for the ad. This from a Paul blog post on Tuesday and its Fundraising Director Jonathan Bydlak: "You raised $403,059.21 during the last three days for broadcasting our new radio ad in New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina and Nevada. Thank you! This set an impressive pace, and keeps us well on our way to our fourth quarter goal of $12,000,000!"
$12 million? This quarter? Now that would be something. Bet Huckabee wishes he could tap into some of that?