Friday, December 28, 2007

Fascinating look at Ron Paul Grassroots in NH


Boyapati, 29, is the man behind Operation Live Free or Die, an effort to bring 1,000 people to New Hampshire before the primary, to campaign for Ron Paul, an anti-war conservative running for president who mourns the end of the gold standard, interprets the Constitution literally and wants to put the federal government on a diet. Boyapati discovered the Republican congressman while watching the party's first primary debate last May. Seven months later, he has quit a lucrative job at Google to focus his efforts on the race, renting homes to house volunteers from across the country.

"I want to go all the way to November," he said. "I think we've got a pretty good chance to change things."

Boyapati started a website this fall, at, where 370 people have pledged to come to the state. They indicate particular dates and jobs they can do, as well as money they can pay. Another 120 committed to come before Boyaparti launched the site. The site has already raised $50,000 for the project, and Boyapati has spent $10,000 of his own money. He hopes to attract hundreds more people, all from his laptop in the three-bedroom home.