Buying of the President

Published — April 7, 2015 Updated — February 3, 2016 at 11:22 am ET

12 things to know about Rand Paul

Senator’s presidential campaign funding hopes largely planted in grassroots


Update, Feb. 3, 2016: Rand Paul has decided to end his presidential bid.

It’s all but official: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will today announce he’s running for president.

On the 2016 campaign trail, Paul, an ophthalmologist and son of the libertarian-leaning former GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul, is hoping to tap into the grassroots energy that helped catapult him onto the national stage in the first place.

Cash is a key to Paul’s success in what’s certain to be a crowded Republican primary field. Here’s more about the financial history of this outsider-turned-insider who wants his next home to be the White House.

Sources: Center for Public Integrity reporting, as well as The American Conservative, Center for Responsive Politics, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Federal Election Commission,, and YouTube.

Image sources: Cheryl Senter/AP, Jose Luis Magana/AP, and Gage Skidmore/Flickr.

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