National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee Raises $2.8 Million in First Six Months

The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, raised $2,837,401 in its first six months of activity, the committee announced today.

"Dr. Carson has said he will consider running for president if the American people are clamoring, and the tremendous outpouring of donations shows that the people are indeed clamoring," said Vernon Robinson, the Committee's campaign director. "Hundreds of thousands have signed the petition asking him to run, donated to the grassroots effort and volunteered their time to represent the Committee at events around the country."

Nearly 47,000 individuals contributed to the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee in its first six months in operation between August 21, 2013 and February 22, 2014. The average contribution amount is $45, with many donors contributing more than once. The Committee reinvests the funds in projects to raise awareness of Dr. Carson's qualifications and lay the groundwork for a national grassroots support network for his candidacy.

The Committee's fundraising efforts are outpacing similar efforts designed to draft other high-profile candidates into the 2016 presidential race. A political action committee encouraging former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to enter the race for the Democratic nomination raised approximately $1.3 million in its first six months of operation, and roughly $2.75 million in its second six-month span.

The Committee delivers roughly 4,000 petitions to Dr. Carson each week from Americans who want him to run. In addition to petition signatures and financial support, over 7,100 Americans have volunteered across the nation to represent the Committee at GOP and Tea Party events and encouraged their friends and neighbors to join the movement and clamor for Dr. Carson.

In January, Dr. Carson overwhelmingly won the Linn County, Iowa, midterm caucus straw poll with 87 percent of the votes. And in a recent poll of thousands of Tea Party activists, 77 percent of respondents said they support Dr. Carson. Dr. Carson will be a candidate on the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll March 6-8 in Washington, D.C., where the Committee will be on site educating attendees about Dr. Carson and encouraging them to clamor for him to run.

"Grassroots conservatives are drawn to Dr. Carson because they know he is the only candidate capable of healing our land and uniting our country to overcome the crises created by recent administrations," Robinson said. "Our ranks continue to swell as more and more conservatives realize that Ben Carson is the one candidate we can trust with our votes in 2016."

Ben Carson is a political outsider with the background, experience, leadership and vision to heal the bitter divides in American politics and set our nation on the path to prosperity. As a former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and one of the most respected brain surgeons in the world, he has the leadership skills required to lead the country. Dr. Carson is a great communicator and man of character who embraces the Founding Fathers' vision for America to be built on principles of freedom, liberty and personal responsibility.

"The first six months of our campaign to draft Dr. Carson have been a great success," said John Philip Sousa IV, national chairman of the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, "but the next six months will be even more important. Now is the time for other conservatives to join this movement and clamor for Dr. Carson to run by signing the petition, speaking out with the Committee's Clamor Kits, and supporting their fellow activists."

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commented 2014-03-06 14:21:02 -0500 · Flag
commented 2014-03-06 09:52:12 -0500 · Flag
On board, as well. Prayer team: Pray a hedge of protection around each other and around Dr. Ben. We must protect him from the coming onslaught of lies, slings and arrows. Keep those donations and prayers coming!
Dorothy May Mercer.
commented 2014-03-06 08:30:46 -0500 · Flag
I am not concerned or surprised about the far left liberals and their attacks. We conservatives need to put on our gloves and get in the ring and be ready for an all out war. With God on our side who can be against us. Samson destroyed a whole army with the jaw bone of an ass and that is exactly what we plan to do. We must be bold and stand up for our God Given Rights. All the way with Dr Ben Carson. Bring it on.
commented 2014-03-06 06:35:38 -0500 · Flag
God’s will being prayed for you Ben-nothing less, nothing more. God bless you as you seek His will.
commented 2014-03-06 00:35:16 -0500 · Flag
I always “like” the posts about our hero, Dr. Ben Carson. I have been praying our God would raise up a leader like him for a long time. But, we must remember II Chronicles 7:14. Without our mighty Creator we can do nothing; with him we are always winners! IN GOD WE TRUST
Yes, Ben, RUN! We are praying for you.
commented 2014-03-05 23:53:41 -0500 · Flag
Ben Carson for President, count me in. But will be truly an epic battle if he does decide to run. The Republican Establishment will viciously attack him as they despise conservatives and particularly social conservatives. If he should succeed in getting the nomination the Left will mount an assault the will make the Clarence Thomas ordeal look like a sandbox squabble. They will never stand for a black conservative. Too much at stake. So the question for us is are we truly committed to Carson. If we are, it will cost us much. We will have to make great financial sacrifices but if we lose this fight the Left will take our money anyway. But Ben’s supporters will also be attacked personally. And these attacks will come from so called friends. Better watch The Patriot again before committing to this one.
commented 2014-03-05 21:41:37 -0500 · Flag
I think we might actually be able to pull this off. This is the first campaign that I have ever donated to, twice actually. I urge every petition signer to donate. I only bring home $800 a month but I donate $15 as often as I can. At first I didn’t think it would make a difference, but then I kept seeing that we were meeting our goals. I felt like that was partially because of me. I am going commit to donating $15 a month from now till we win this thing. RunBenRun!
commented 2014-03-05 18:28:09 -0500 · Flag
Watch his PBS special on the brain on March 11th to see what a healer he is. His new book will be released in May and then his campaign should take off like a rocket!
commented 2014-03-05 17:52:34 -0500 · Flag
Dr. Ben Carson is exactly what is needed to restore Washington’s character back to what it was when America clamored for her freedom from England. He will turn everything that is wrong in Washington on its head. The money hungry, power hungry, politicians there now will scatter like rats off a burning ship once Dr. Ben settles into the Oval Office and starts issuing orders. He is exactly what is needed to make America a proud and prosperous nation again. Run Ben Run …. we all need you!
commented 2014-03-05 17:45:34 -0500 · Flag
If you have any doubts, read the book, “America the Beautiful” by Dr Carson. He is articulate and well informed. We need him to help save our Constitution!
commented 2014-03-05 16:59:21 -0500 · Flag
The SA-DEM PROG-LIB-UN’S (Saul Alinsky Democrat Progressive Liberal Union Supporters) are creating chaos in every segment of American society. Their appetite for spending is insatiable, even if massive losses result from their “Green” investments. With their herd mentality, they would probably follow the Anti-Christ, if he arrived. (imagine the freebies he would offer) It will take a Ben Carson to pull America together and put a stop to all the scandals and ineptitude now glaringly evident.
commented 2014-03-05 15:23:12 -0500 · Flag
I thank God for respectable people like Dr. Ben Carson who serve our country! We need him in the presidents office to help heal land! I’m clamoring for him to run as president!
commented 2014-03-05 15:11:44 -0500 · Flag
I couldn’t be happier. This is a candidate deserving of the Presidency. He grew up through the school of hard knocks, didn’t get a free ride, worked for everything he has, actually worked in the public sector and actually contributed to saving human lives. Hats off to our next Presidential Candidate, Dr Ben Carson. WOW that sounds great, President/Dr Benjamin Carson.
commented 2014-03-05 15:11:07 -0500 · Flag
Ben Carson is a person who I can finally look up to. Having been an educator of many years I could see the gradual decline in respect that our youth have had for our so called leaders. I was a Romney support for that same reason. Give us a good moral man and we can keep this country great! Deborah Moore
commented 2014-03-05 13:30:55 -0500 · Flag
For some odd reason, I don’t fear Dr. Carson or his relatives taking multi-million dollar junkets around the world on a vacation tour with their “posse”.
commented 2014-03-05 13:08:29 -0500 · Flag
Wild Bill, I agree with you 100%. Let’s get out the news & take action to let America know about Dr. Ben Carson!
commented 2014-03-05 13:06:05 -0500 · Flag
This country has slid a long way down. Our original constitution and by laws should be up held.
commented 2014-03-05 12:46:52 -0500 · Flag
Keep on running Ben. We need you.
commented 2014-03-05 12:44:10 -0500 · Flag
We are in such a terrible mess. This country needs a true leader. This is the first time in my life time that i can say I am ashamed of being an American. That shame is a direct result of our politial leadership, or should I say lack of…

We so need Dr. Carson with common sense to lead us out of the messes the current and past administrations have put us in.
commented 2014-03-05 12:35:36 -0500 · Flag
Being a teacher of the Constitution using original documents of our Founding Fathers I am highly pleased that a man like Dr. Carson is considering running for President of the United States of America. Let us pray for our country as they did. Praying Dorothy

Trust our God, and run, Ben! Proverbs 3: 5-6
commented 2014-03-05 12:28:55 -0500 · Flag
Yes, I have voted for this candidate. Intelligent, honest, and a Christian.
I have been emailing this candidate to friends and strangers. There is a DVR disc available at Wallmart. “Healing Hands”. You cannot stop watching video.
commented 2014-03-05 12:27:59 -0500 · Flag
Dr. Carson is the only person that can beat Hillary. Let’ get behind him now!!!
commented 2014-03-05 12:22:46 -0500 · Flag
YES!! Go Dr. Carson GO!!!
commented 2014-03-05 11:40:25 -0500 · Flag
Remember, our nation was founded by people like Dr Carson, not by a bunch of professional politicians. Think of what our founders did, wrote about and stood for. We can not continue to let shysters run our country. We must draft people of honor, integrity and humility who live and work in the real world and help them rise up to lead. I beg all who agree to keep spreading the word about this man – Possibly a one time opportunity to save ourselves.
commented 2014-03-04 15:41:17 -0500 · Flag
If you are for Liberty and value the U.S. Constitution with the Bill of Rights as the most important document underpinning our nation please support making forced arbitration illegal.

How can the Supreme Court rule in favor of a notion that individuals can sign away their Constitutional rights on a simple contract? How can the U.S. support an equivalent of Human Trafficking on the order of forced servitude using sly words and expected ignorance of the contents of a document versus kidnapping? How can one not only sign away the Constitutional rights of your own person but also all of children?

Forced arbitration has completely usurped the concepts of freedom and liberty in this country, particularly concerning employment.

If a Republican candidate will support making forced arbitration illegal, along with the idea a simple contract can override Constitutional rights, then I will vote for them. Until then I will abstain from the voting process. I urge others to contact their Representatives and communicate the same sentiment. Big Business is enslaving people and trying to silence them in the process. This is an OUTRAGE!
Draft Ben Carson for President
Run Ben Run