Wow, he won’t be going away anytime soon: Ron Paul raises $13m in 4Q

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Ron Paul’s campaign raised $13 million in the last three months of the year, according to Politico’s Morning Score. The impressive figure comes after he took in $8 million during the third quarter. The cash flow will allow the Texas congressman to compete through later primaries and caucuses. Because he has the most loyal donor base – the cause of liberty primarily motivates them, not access or perks – he should be able to continue raising substantial sums in the wake of his third-place finish in Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses.

Only Mitt Romney will be able to post a higher number. Sources told us just before Christmas it will be $20+ million.

Rick Santorum raised just over $1 million in the 24 hours after his eight-vote loss in the caucuses. He told voters at a rally in Rockingham, N.H., last night that 50 percent of all the money he’s raised to date came in over the course of the day. Money will continue to flow as long as he has momentum, but he’s playing catch up and needs to build a bundler network.

Newt Gingrich has said he raised about $10 million during the 90-day period, but he still has debt on the books and donations almost certainly dried up as he collapsed in the last two weeks. Rick Perry reportedly still has around $3.5 million in cash on hand in his campaign account, but fundraising from those without Texas ties will continue to get harder as the governor’s path to victory becomes steeper.

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