Yesterday was Dr. Ron Paul’s birthday and supporters had organized a birthday money bomb.  A goal was set at 1.5 million dollars in small individual donations in 24 hours.  As the goal was about to be reached, with a few hours to go, the website appears to have been hacked, blocking the ability for supporters to donate to the campaign.

The first announcement came on Ron Paul’s facebook site stating:

The RonPaul2012.com website is under cyber attack. Our team is working to fix this as we speak. So sorry to all who have tried to make donations and could not. We’ll have more info ASAP.

Later his campaign manager John Tate sent the following email:

We thought it was bad when the media tried to ignore us to keep our message under wraps.  But it just got worse.
Earlier this evening, a cyberattack was launched on our website – shutting us down and robbing us of the last few hours of our money bomb.
Boy, the establishment is more desperate than I thought. They don’t even want our message to get out ON OUR OWN WEBSITE now!
We will not be silenced, and our money bomb will not be deterred.

Before the attack, we were VERY close to our $1.5 million goal – now we’re at $1.49 million and counting.We’re still working on restoring full functionality to the online store, but the rest of our website is back up and running.

And because of the time we lost toward reaching our goal, I’m announcing now that we’ll be leaving the ticker up until Noon pacific tomorrow and extending the Ron Paul Birthday Money Bomb!
To further show the establishment that we’re more determined than ever to win this race, we’re also extending the goal to $1.75 million!
Our message will not be stopped. Our Revolution is gaining ground every day.

Thank you for your patience, and I hope you’ll help us reach this new goal for the Ron Paul Birthday Money Bomb!

If this does turn out to be hacking of some sort, I think this is the first instance of anything like this happening.  Sarah Palin had her email account hacked in 2008, but a cyber attack to disrupt fundraising is a whole new level of dirty politics.

I have no idea who is responsible, but before any grand conspiracy theories erupt in the comment section let me say that I am highly doubtful that this is the work of any official campaign, media organization or military industrial complex.  I speculate that is it is most likely some bored guy in a basement somewhere with an ax to grind against Ron Paul, or a supporter of another candidate with no official connection or foreknowledge by any other campaign.

Another possible scenario that has been suggested is that the website crashed as many supporters attempt to use it to donate.  While certainly possible, this is not the first money bomb for Paul and his website service has been able to handle the load in the past.

As of the writing of this article, there is 4 hours until the end of the extension and the current amount raised is 1.6million dollars since midnight yesterday.  I’m sure any presidential candidate would be humbled and grateful
 by that kind of birthday present from his or her supporters.

30 comments
  1. It is good to see the goal was still reached, if anything, it was an annoyance. Cant stop a good thing! 
    R3VOLUTION! 

  2. It’s highly unlikely the website was actually hacked. What is more likely is that the high traffic of Paul supporters reloading the fundraising image is what slowed down service and access to the site. No need to create a conspiracy where there is none.

    1. Highly ignorant comment. The traffic is already ruled out. The previous money bombs had people mass reloading the page as well. It was also considerably larger.

      No one is creating anything, simply using available FACTS to make a logical conclusion, unlike what you stated.

  3. It’s highly unlikely the website was actually hacked. What is more likely is that the high traffic of Paul supporters reloading the fundraising image is what slowed down service and access to the site. No need to create a conspiracy where there is none.

  4. It’s highly unlikely the website was actually hacked. What is more likely is that the high traffic of Paul supporters reloading the fundraising image is what slowed down service and access to the site. No need to create a conspiracy where there is none.

  5. Last time around, I voted for Giuliani in the primary. This time around, Ron Paul will be getting my vote. I’ve had it with the establishment in this country. Let’s start over…

  6. It’s highly doubtable that his supporters crashed the website from traffic… After all, he has had ‘money bombs’ that were over 3x larger than this one in the past without any problem.  I think Anonymous should investigate….

  7. Changing the money bomb goal at the end of the day was over reaching.  People donated according to what the original goal was.  I myself actually prebudgeted my donation according to the original goal. On top of that, I don’t see how the hacking would or should have affected the money bomb goal?? I have to say I felt a little slighted – as if my original donation wasn’t enough or appreciated fully- as if I held back in my original gift (which was not the case).  Of course I hold no grudge – I seriously doubt RP himself made that decision; and in this environment where the media pays RP no heed, I’m sure whoever did make the call had best intentions at heart. I mean if the media refuses to expose the public to RPs stance on the issues, then it’s up to us as responsible Americans to make every effort to make sure that happens.  I hope those who did or didn’t give also advertises RP individually as well. As great as a tv ad is, nothing beats word of mouth.

    1. I know people that all they could do was give $5 dollars and they said atleast these 5 dollars go to fighting for freedom.  Every dollar is appreciated and every person that donates whatever they can is appreciated no matter how small.  Remember we the people make up Ron Paul so I thank you for whatever you donated and we as a community and patriotic Americans appreciate it Thomas.

    2. Thomas, harnessing the outrage of the the cyber-attack and changing the money bomb goal was a smart move and  netted even more donations for the cause (possibly as much $250k more).  Everyone is donating what they can, when they can, so don’t feel slighted.  Plus, it doesn’t cost anything to spread the message to new supporters and that is what will ultimately make the difference.

    3. Thomas, harnessing the outrage of the the cyber-attack and changing the money bomb goal was a smart move and  netted even more donations for the cause (possibly as much $250k more).  Everyone is donating what they can, when they can, so don’t feel slighted.  Plus, it doesn’t cost anything to spread the message to new supporters and that is what will ultimately make the difference.

  8. Changing the money bomb goal at the end of the day was over reaching.  People donated according to what the original goal was.  I myself actually prebudgeted my donation according to the original goal. On top of that, I don’t see how the hacking would or should have affected the money bomb goal?? I have to say I felt a little slighted – as if my original donation wasn’t enough or appreciated fully- as if I held back in my original gift (which was not the case).  Of course I hold no grudge – I seriously doubt RP himself made that decision; and in this environment where the media pays RP no heed, I’m sure whoever did make the call had best intentions at heart. I mean if the media refuses to expose the public to RPs stance on the issues, then it’s up to us as responsible Americans to make every effort to make sure that happens.  I hope those who did or didn’t give also advertises RP individually as well. As great as a tv ad is, nothing beats word of mouth.

  9. This could be the next Watergate.
    Just think – if it was a rival presidential contender then their bid is over.
    If it was the GOP then it could destroy the party
    If it was some govt body – then we have Watergate II

    For any budding journalist out there – this could be your moment to make history.

  10. This could be the next Watergate.
    Just think – if it was a rival presidential contender then their bid is over.
    If it was the GOP then it could destroy the party
    If it was some govt body – then we have Watergate II

    For any budding journalist out there – this could be your moment to make history.

  11. I think it’s pretty presumptuous to say “the establishment” is doing this, not to mention conspiratorial.  There are people who just love hacking into websites because they can.  They also don’t typically fit the establishment Republican mold.

    1. I agree Shane.  I don’t think it was ‘the establishment’, but I also don’t think it was as completely random as some guy hacking the website just because it was there and he can.  I think it was someone who is likely supporting someone else, who has the hobby of hacking for fun and therefore picked this target.  I do not know who the person supports, could have been any of them, but I also don’t think this is directly connected to any actual campaign, just a lone wolf supporter.  

  12. I think it’s pretty presumptuous to say “the establishment” is doing this, not to mention conspiratorial.  There are people who just love hacking into websites because they can.  They also don’t typically fit the establishment Republican mold.

  13. I think it’s pretty presumptuous to say “the establishment” is doing this, not to mention conspiratorial.  There are people who just love hacking into websites because they can.  They also don’t typically fit the establishment Republican mold.

  14. a DoS attack is not the same as being hacked, not even close. You should revise your headline so you aren’t misleading people.

  15. Hey, I’d just like to remind you all Ron Paul will bring all our
    soldiers home starting the day he takes office. If you are a rational
    person, it is your duty to save others if it is possible to do so
    without harming yourself. With your single vote, you could save
    thousands of Americans and a million or more foreigners. Aren’t they
    worth your time? Myself, if I don’t do my best for Dr. Paul I will feel
    complicit in the murders if I do not try to stop them.
    Of course,
    that being said – the double digit growth we”ll experience with that
    kind of bottom-up stimulus doesn’t hurt either. And getting my freedom
    back when the Patriot Act is repealed – well that’s just the icing on the cake.

    Vote Vertebrate – Ron Paul 2012!

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