September 21st, 2009
06:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Joe Wilson passes $2 million mark

South Carolina congressman Joe Wilson has raked in more than $2 million since he shouted at President Obama.
South Carolina congressman Joe Wilson has raked in more than $2 million since he shouted at President Obama.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – South Carolina Republican congressman Joe Wilson has now raised over $2 million in campaign contributions since he shouted "You lie!" at the president earlier this month.

A campaign aide confirmed that Wilson surpassed the $2 million mark on Monday.

Wilson and his 2010 opponent, Democrat Rob Miller, each raised more than $1.5 million in the week after Wilson's outburst, which occurred during President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress on September 9.

The House voted to formally reprimand Wilson last week, amidst an aggressive online fundraising effort by the congressman's staff.

Miller is scheduled to visit Washington on Wednesday for a pair of fundraisers on Capitol Hill.


Filed under: Extra • Joe Wilson • Rob Miller • South Carolina
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Mary

    That's so classy that someone can show no respect for the highest office in the country, and the pathetic ignorants in America can seize on it to turn him into a hero and reward his disgraceful behavior. He sickens me, as do all the backwoods degenerates that claim they want what is best for this country and attempt to hault any change to the broken system.

    September 21, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  2. Texas Doc

    That would be great were it not for the pile of cash that flowed into the coffers of his opponent. Not a smart strategy dingbats.

    September 21, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  3. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    In this economy, Joe Wilson is probably the only person whose job is truly safe. ;-)

    You're a good man Joe. We need more like you in congress.

    September 21, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  4. T

    I just returned from Canada. The Canadians are positive we in the US are racist and that Mr. Wilson was making a racist statement. Unfortunately, that is probably the way it looks to most of the world.
    The anger and hate that seem to be part of our political life today is a sad commentary on the country that was the hope of immigrants for 200 years. Let's debate not hate.

    September 21, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  5. Texas Liberal

    So making false statements and disgracing your state appears to pay off. What a pity.

    September 21, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  6. G'er

    Rude guy but lots of lies coming out of President Obamas mouth:

    Illegal immigrants won't benefit from healthcare reform – – but then he says he wants them to have a path to citizenship so that they can benefit?

    He tells George Stephenopolis that requiring health insurance or fines or tax on premium plans is not the equivalent of a tax increase to the people?

    Guantanimo lies, Cap and trade lies, CIA investigation lies, Afghanistan troop decision lies.

    WE ARE FED UP WITH OUR PRESIDENT LYING TO US!!!!

    September 21, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  7. Pragmatic

    Amazing that the GOP has no money to invest in health care, minimum wages or any advance in making ordinary people's lives better ... can sure cough up the dough for a back-bencher with no self-control and who doesn't know if he is at a hockey game or a joint session of Congress. Wonder how much comes from SC – and what the real voters there will do come the next election...

    September 21, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  8. charlie in Maine

    Famous for being rude. I regretfully acccept that this is the way of talk radio but I don't want my congress run this way.

    September 21, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  9. nick in sf

    It is in him so deep that he could not contriol it or hold it in. This man did what he did because President Obama is Black and that is a fact. The old southern racist had to come out and he is now making money off of it just like Rush and Beck are doing. The snakes have banded together and are making money off of it too. In years to come they will be faded away and thank God for that.

    September 21, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  10. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Wilson had not even read the bill, which EXCLUDED illegal immigrants from health care insurance coverage, making his "you lie!" heckle not only RUDE but based on a falsehood....a "lie". So once again we have a Conservative Republican kettle calling a pot black. Why in the world would any INFORMED citizen give him money?

    September 21, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  11. www.robmillerforcongress.com

    I've made a donation to Rob Miller for Congress already for September.

    I'm planning to make another in October.

    Rob Miller is a former marine and Iraq War veteran, and owns a small business in South Carolina.

    Joe Wilson has been caught at least twice lying in public statements since his ridiculous spewing "You Lie" at the President of the United States at a joint session of Congress.

    September 21, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  12. DennisG

    And I'm sure 1.75M of that came from the Medical Insurance Industry lobbyists, regular contributers.

    September 21, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  13. bee

    i think mr. wilson was wrong. and all you stupid fools. this makes me feel ashame to be a resident of south carolina. i was born here and it's so bad to know racism still live in the hearts of cold harded people in this state.

    September 21, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  14. FastEddie858

    How sad is this? Just goes to show you who's fueling the Republican Party at the moment.

    September 21, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  15. jules sand-perkins

    So Joe Wilson is doing well–after all that!
    Sometimes the truth really does set you free.

    September 21, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  16. Dex Houston TX

    Confederate Republicans have no intentions of giving up South Carolina to sane people.

    September 21, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  17. CM

    I believe that it is an outcry that this man should be able to raise 2 million dollars for his outcry in congress. He disrespected the President and his fellow congressman and turned the whole cry into Jerry Springer. I ,again, have a feeling this will not be printed along with similiar coments.

    September 21, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  18. Bonnie

    Wow, how high is the price for racism?

    September 21, 2009 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  19. pixiegod

    you can tell the quality of people your dealing with when an act of disrespect is the source of large sums of donations.

    being an independant voter, i was a little leery of obama winning due to his inexperience. at this point, i am glad a republican didnt win if the people supporting them are so low class as to give wilson cash after this complete lack of respect for the highest office in our nation.

    September 21, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  20. hughes

    who cares?

    September 21, 2009 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  21. Keith in Austin

    Although the setting was inappropriate, a lot of folks obviously agree with his comments to NoBama!

    September 22, 2009 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
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