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Paul raises $1 million in 'money bomb'

Ron Paul's presidential campaign used the occasion of Constitution Day for a 24-hour money bomb that raised more than $1 million from over 18,000 donors, according to the campaign.

Following Paul’s win at the California GOP straw poll on Saturday, where the presidential hopeful grabbed 45% of the vote, the campaign sent fundraising emails urging supporters to continue to donate and use the victory as “more proof of what polls have been saying for months” -- that Paul is “a top tier contender to WIN the Republican nomination for President,” and the Republican to “defeat President Obama.”

In a statement about the money bomb, Ron Paul 2012 Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton said:

“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. 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.”

According to the campaign, this marks the fifth time during the 2012 election cycle that Paul has raised over $1 million dollars for a single fundraising event.

The third fundraising quarter of 2011 ends on Sept. 30.