03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Flush With Cash, Campaign Offers "Ron Paul's Christmas Vacation"

Washington Wire arrived unannounced at Ron Paul's Des Moines nerve center to see if all that money the Texas Republican raised online is being put to work. (The ticker on RonPaul2008.com says he's brought in an astonishing $18,562,013.34 this quarter).

It will be tough at this late date for Paul to create the kind of ground organization that his rivals have been setting up for months. But his folks are trying. The Paul campaign, which polls in the single digits here, has pumped up its paid Iowa staff and is recruiting chairmen for the state's 99 counties. But his biggest assets are his passionate followers - college kids inspired by his blunt, anti-war, anti-establishment, anti-abortion conservatism

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