What money? A few hundred dollars from a handful of people? That reporter is out of his mind. I think Rounder gets more than he's collected for his campaign from his military pension each month.
The problem with suing a newspaper is that they have big bucks and at least one law firm. They can out spend most people as far as legal fees are concerned. Good luck finding a lawyer to take this case assuming there's an actionable tort to support a civil complaint.