The following is from the Nov. 30, 2007, edition of USA Today. SMU Political Science Professor Cal Jillson provided expert commentary for this story.
By Fredreka Schouten
WASHINGTON — Ron Paul joked during Wednesday's Republican debate that so much money is pouring into his campaign from the Internet that he's "struggling to figure out how to spend" it all.
The Texas congressman can thank Trevor Lyman for a chunk of that cash.
Lyman, a Miami Beach online music promoter, is guiding an Internet fundraising drive that he says could well push Paul past his $12 million fourth-quarter fundraising goal by the weekend — a full month ahead of schedule. . .
Despite his long-shot status, Paul has demonstrated the "efficiency of the Internet to help a fairly broad but thin strata of supporters to find their particular candidate," said Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
If Paul were to wage a third-party bid, his conservative views could strip votes from the GOP nominee and alter the course of what it is expected to be a close race, Jillson said. "This could be a rough equivalent of what Ralph Nader did to the Democrats."
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