September 22nd, 2009
08:12 AM 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: Joe Wilson • Rob Miller • South Carolina
soundoff (261 Responses)
  1. Independent

    Of course Obama was lying. Why do you think the republican is raising more money despite getting out of the gate after his dem challenger? 1 trillion dollars over ten years and deficit neutral? Come on now – how stupid do you think we are?

    September 22, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. J.Philip

    On Sunday, Barack Obama played ignorant on the situation with ACORN. Obama told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, “Frankly, it’s not really something I’ve followed closely. I didn’t even know that ACORN was getting a whole lot of federal money.

    That's another fat lie HBO tells. He didn't know about ACORN ? Yea, right, just like he didn't know about the TeaBaggers. That's Ok Obama you will know who they are come 2010.

    September 22, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. Peter E

    BTW, Joe Wilson himself, along with much of the republican party voted FOR the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (2003) that specifically allowed hospitals to be reimbursed for treating illegal immigrants. He was in support of helping illegal immigrants through the Bush years. It's only during Obama that he suddenly changed his mind.

    September 22, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. Lol...South Carolina

    Are we supposed to be suprised that the state of South Carolina agrees with a moron? They already had a HUGE sex scandle this year, but their governor is still liked in the state, so I'm not suprised the morons of South Carolina vote for even larger morons.

    Good job South Carolina, you look like hill billies to me.

    September 22, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. al in memphis

    Just for one day- I wish all of this commenters could have someone tell them the truth as oppose to some politican stroking our ignorance of the facts.
    Follow the money and the power. If Clinton was correct, then the power players in a $900 billion industry don't want things to change. They think it the most intelligent thing to do by paying twice the cost for health that other countries do.
    Message to TEA Party - the people who got your money got your country. Your marching in the wrong direction.

    September 22, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. Brett Mouron

    It's turned out a lovely publicity stunt for Wilson. :rolls eyes:

    September 22, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. Edna

    The problem is that there are a few people in this country who are bigoted and racist. Yes, some are truly concerned about what is going on, but were they concerned when Bush was spending trillions of dollars on the Iraq war? No!!!! Joe Wilson is an idiot and the people who support him are idiots. We will see in 2010. I don't even live in South Carolina, but I will be sending Miller money to counteract anything that Joe Wilson does. The Republicans are just angry because they lost the 2008 election and are at the bottom of the ladder. And if they continue their mudslinging vitriol, they will remain there. The American people are sick and tired of their LIES and their nastiness toward a President who has nothing but the interests of the American people at heart.

    September 22, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. Richard. Dubuque

    Good for Joe. I have yet to send in my contribution, so the amount is only going to go up.

    September 22, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. Scott, Tucson

    Has long as Obama is having a hard time with the definition of just what a TAX is? He's just running his lips to those American people who knows better. And you thought Bush was a bad liar.

    September 22, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. Jim Barnes

    It stands to reason, that after hearing all the lies that Mr. Obama has been constantly spouting, a person might just "REACT"... I can only imagine how frustrated Joe Wilson felt when he heard another BARE FACED ! lie.... I hope the good people of South Carolina keep him in office for a long time........................

    September 22, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. independent in VA

    Joe Wilson meticulously planned this outburst..disrespected the House members and is making headlines and millions of dollars???? I hope his 15 minutes end soon..he disgusts me

    September 22, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
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