Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul raised $4.5 million in January, a strong showing for a candidate who has lagged at the back of the pack in recent primaries, the Washington Post reported Sunday.
The Texas congressman’s fundraising number, which the campaign will announce later today, shows that he increased his fundraising pace slightly as the actual contests began. Paul raised $13.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, which was second-best clip in the GOP presidential race behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Post reported.
Paul’s campaign said it had $1.6 million cash on hand at the end of January, and it also noted that it raised $1.7 million from a “money bomb” event last week, a number that will be included on its February monthly report.