The libertarian presidential candidate's supporters pull off a record-breaking fundraiser.

By Alex Koppelman

Published December 17, 2007 8:40PM (EST)

Ron Paul, the libertarian Republican from Texas who's leading a quixotic campaign for the presidency, has been having a good few days. First, his supporters got the Ron Paul blimp -- yes, you read that right; no, we don't get it either -- fully funded and up in the air. (You can track its progress in real-time via Google Maps here.) Then, on Monday, he picked up the endorsement of his first major pundit, Atlantic Monthly blogger (and former Salon columnist) Andrew Sullivan.

Oh, and one other little thing: His supporters held a day of fundraising on Sunday that set a new record for total money raised in a 24-hour period. All told, Paul's campaign pulled in more than $6 million during what it dubbed a "Money Bomb." And despite being mired at an average of just over 4 percent in national polling numbers, the campaign's fourth-quarter fundraising total continues to climb. It has pulled in more than $18.25 million as of this post, impressing even Marc Ambinder.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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