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.
Since 2009, Rand Paul has raised $14 million for his campaign war chest. More than 40 percent of that amount has come from small-dollar donors.SHARE THIS:
Flashback: Rand Paul conjured a Capitol building with robotic arms to represent government overreach in a 2010 campaign ad.SHARE THIS:
What does Rand Paul think of campaign finance reform? In 2009, he called the McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act “a blatant violation of the First Amendment.”SHARE THIS:
Among Rand Paul’s allies? Top GOP fundraiser Cathy Bailey, who served as U.S. ambassador to Latvia under George W. Bush.SHARE THIS:
Among those who backed Rand Paul’s 2010 Senate bid: Ron Paul and Sarah Palin. Among those who didn’t: Most incumbent senators.SHARE THIS:
In 2013 and 2014, Rand Paul’s leadership PAC doled out $70,000 to politicians in Iowa and New Hampshire.SHARE THIS:
Rand Paul once called lobbyists a “distinctly criminal class” whose “sole goal was to rip you off.”SHARE THIS:
Among the companies whose lobbyists have donated to Rand Paul since he was elected: Amgen, Google and Koch Industries.SHARE THIS:
In 2009, Rand Paul proposed that government contractors be barred from lobbying and making campaign contributions.SHARE THIS:
How much is Rand Paul worth? Between $683,000 and $1.97 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.SHARE THIS:
Rand Paul has paid Jesse Benton, his niece’s husband, more than $170,000 for political consulting, according to watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.SHARE THIS:
During his 2010 U.S. Senate campaign, Rand Paul pledged to reject money from senators who voted for the TARP bank bailout.SHARE THIS:
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, NNDB.com, Pageonekentucky.com and YouTube.
Image sources: Cheryl Senter/AP, Jose Luis Magana/AP, stumpsource.org/Flickr and Gage Skidmore/Flickr.
The Center for Public Integrity’s money-in-politics resources about 2016 hopefuls:
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