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. Bill

    This is DRUG MONEY........

    Criminals Pay Criminals for Criminal Acts........

    September 21, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  2. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Wilson talked publicly about his native city of Charleston, SC in glowing terms.

    Well, Charleston, SC is my ancestral home, probably moreso than it is his.

    He shames Charleston. And HE is shameful.

    September 21, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  3. James

    Support for Joe – or referendum on the liar? hmmmmm?

    September 21, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  4. rickymo

    Another example of how stupid Americans are...giving Monday to a fool.

    September 21, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  5. Jeff

    Why do people reward ignorance?

    September 21, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. Lila

    Pretty sad that this guy is getting rewarded for not only acting like a petulant child, but for lying.

    ?

    September 21, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  7. ran

    It appears that hate pays and lives on; especially in SC.

    September 21, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. victim of republican greed

    Joe 'The Liar" Wilson was hilarious last week when he drummed up more money by saying that move on.org and ACORN have targeted him.

    I will never believe that he is the best that his district can elect. As a true son of the confederacy, he is still fighting the Civil War

    September 21, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  9. No Incumbents 2010

    Wilson has no shame. His excuse is he couldn't control his emotions? A schoolkid would go to detention for doing what he did and yet he seeks to profit from his misdeed. With his childish, rude behavior he has embarrassed himself and his state and set a terrible example for young people. If South Carolina wants more disgraceful outbursts by this career political hack, they will certainly re-elect him. If South Carolinians believe they have been embarrassed enough by shameless narcissistic politicians, they will elect Iraq War veteran Rob Miller.

    September 21, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  10. Buddy Gilmour

    You couldn't find a more transparent racist. He just couldn't stand seeing that Black Man spouting off in front of Congress. And now he's the spiritual leader of the GOP. Truly revolting.

    September 21, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  11. brad in austin

    I love it when people reward someone for bad behavior.

    September 21, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  12. Elle

    That guy should be more than "reprimanded" – he should be booted from his seat. You let one outburst like that go through and suddenly we'll be seeing verbal outbursts at every speech given from now forward. Ridiculous. Where is your civility?

    September 21, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  13. RTB

    Gee, the congressman from South Carolina is not as dumb as he looks.
    However, the good people of South Carolina will have the last word.

    September 21, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  14. Chris

    So did he get a contribution from his honey in Argentina??

    September 21, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  15. howie

    Joe, I have not sent my money yet, where do I send it.

    September 21, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. annie against biased news

    Joe Wilson is still my hero!!! One of the few in dc who spoke the truth!

    September 21, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  17. Enough

    Go Joe – You speak the truth.

    September 21, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  18. Janice in OK

    I wonder how much of that 2 mil came from insurance companies. I would like to think the general public is not that stupid – or are they?

    September 21, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  19. Bob

    I'm curious to see the sources of where Joe and his opponents millions are coming from. How much from insurance companies/corporations?

    September 21, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  20. obama the liar

    Joe Wilson EXPOSED the liar-in-chief.

    September 21, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  21. Terry, TX

    Go Joe.....granted you shouldn't have disturbed the Congressional speech....but we wouldn't have known that Obama "lied" again...regarding illegal aliens.....CNN he now tells the Hispanic Gala that now we need to legalize illegal aliens so they can have healthcare....double talk again....a liar....CNN are you asleep at the wheel...again.

    September 21, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  22. Cindy

    It's pretty nuts, isn't it? 2 words uttered.. and over 3 million dollars gets thrown at it. It really shows the obsurdity in our propaganda fundrasing system.

    Wonder who'll do the next inappropriate shout out to raise funds? I have no doubt, it's already in the planning stage...

    September 21, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  23. vic nashville , Tn

    Thanks to republicans

    Most of the republicans called them conservatives

    But they are teaching bad example

    September 21, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  24. Lola

    I may not support the policies of Obama but I still believe that the office of presidency of the United States should be given the utmost respect and I personally believe that Rep. Wilson was wrong about what he did. Having said that, he has already apologized twice and the president has accepted his apology and we should leave it at that. I also strongly disagree with Carter's charge that the 'overwhelming' portion of those who oppose the president during the tea parties are solely based on race. Am I saying there is no racism involved? Of course not! But I do not believe it's the 'overwhelming' majority as Carter charged. By the way, I am NOT white...so you can draw your own conclusions.

    September 21, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  25. tisgoogle

    Disrespectful man, his contributors are the wingnut groups! So sad they do not have a mind of their own! Another name for them KOOLAIDE PEOPLE!!

    September 21, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
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