October 16th, 2009
03:55 PM ET
5 years ago

Wilson spent heavily to capitalize on 'You Lie!'

Rep. Joe Wilson has raised $2.7 million so far this year, much of it as a result of his outburst.
Rep. Joe Wilson has raised $2.7 million so far this year, much of it as a result of his outburst.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Rep. Joe Wilson's congressional campaign spent nearly a quarter of a million dollars on an aggressive marketing and fundraising operation in the days after the South Carolina Republican shouted "You Lie!" at President Obama in early September, financial disclosure reports reveal.

So far this year, Wilson has collected about $2.7 million in contributions, most of which came in after the infamous outburst on Sept. 9 turned the little-known congressman into a household name. After the shout, his 2010 campaign organization set out to capitalize on the outpouring of support he received from conservatives around the country.

On Sept. 14, Wilson's campaign doled out $52,250 to the Virginia-based digital communications firm Active Engagement for web design and online advertising. On Sept. 16, the campaign paid $42,400 to retain the David All Group - a Washington-based Republican new media firm - to help boost Wilson's profile on Twitter and other social networking sites.

Piryx, a firm that processes online donations, received $72,007 from the campaign in September. Wilson's team also spent nearly $30,000 to rent a mailing list from the Richard Norman Company, a conservative fundraising organization in northern Virginia.

All told, the Wilson campaign spent roughly $235,000 on services related to fundraising and communications strategy.

Campaign disclosures show that the campaign owes another $157,424 to the David All Group and $65,633 to the Richard Norman Group.

Rob Miller, Wilson's Democratic challenger in South Carolina's 2nd Congressional district, raised $1.7 million over the same period - but his campaign spent considerably less on fundraising and marketing efforts.

The Miller campaign's largest expenditure in September was a $36,919 payment to the liberal fundraising site ActBlue for credit card processing fees, followed by a $4,576 payment to Envision Communications in Washington.

It should be noted that federal financial disclosures don't always outline how consulting firms spend the money doled by political campaigns. A source close to the Wilson campaign said, for instance, that three quarters of the money spent on Web strategy was then re-directed to online advertising efforts.

Story updated at 6:00 p.m. EST


Filed under: Joe Wilson • Rob Miller • South Carolina
soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. victim of republican greed

    Joe the Liar should be nominated for 'hate czar' by Fox lies.

    October 16, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. Dave C - NJ

    Not a racist, just a scumbag.

    October 16, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. John D.

    Rep. Wilson you are right. President Obama is a liar. He is a con man and nothing more. He has done nothing he said he would but pay off his coherts who got him elected. Even the overseas ones when he was out there bowing and apologizing to the world. Screw the world. If it wasn't for Americans they would all be speaking German. You libs should all get a history lesson.

    October 16, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Minnesotan

    Big deal. His opponent made even more money than that, due to Joe's pathetic and childish outburst. The constituents don't want anyone representing them that can't behave in public.

    October 16, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. Blinker

    BushBahenchod@workagain tocreate another trillion deficit

    And your proof is where?

    October 16, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Rorschach

    @Gar, who wrote on October 16th, 2009 3:35 pm ET:

    ..." We don't want a public option, we do want medical malpractice reform...."

    - what do you mean, "we"? You aren't speaking for me or the 73% of physicians and 77% of Americans who support the CHOICE of a public option.

    October 16, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. cal

    southercousin you are such a loser. You have so much hate until it truly laughable. When I go on this sight I always see you hateful and ignorant remarks. Maybe you should get another hobby like volunteering with children or the elderly since you have such a wonderful demeanor, loser

    October 16, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. GOPer

    Oh "No" – Wilson did not plan his unruly outburst at all – he would "never" lie about a lie for financial donation$$ (end sarcasm).

    Disgusting.

    October 16, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. matthewdetroit

    The FACT is he was correct.
    The President is a Liar and Lied about the health care bill.
    He is still lying now.

    October 16, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. Patrick

    If the Republicans are good at anything, it's making money on the worst aspects of human nature.

    October 16, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. Melissa

    Just more proof that he planned it because he's incredibly greedy. He sickens me.

    October 16, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. REAL-EYES

    Wow. His parents raised him well. I have a wonderful idea CNN. You should do a series called "Racist in America." Or being raised as a "Racist in America." Make sure to interview all of his donaters. That should cover it.

    October 16, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. Meh

    South Carolina can secede any time now...

    October 16, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  14. why O why

    To bad Obama or the so called media won't tell you the truth.

    Obama likes to lie alot and you all love it.

    Still waiting for him to see it live on C-span..

    October 16, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. REAL-EYES

    Wow. His parents raised him well. I have a wonderful idea CNN. You should do a series called "Racist in America." Or being raised as a "Racist in America." Make sure to interview all of his donaters. That should cover it. Thanks.

    October 16, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. Truth

    Amazing 1 man who acts as the "ACCUSER" can raise so much money.... Instead of donating money to an accuser... so called Christians can feed the poor.. donate to children who dont have parents.. and help shelter the sick!!!....

    AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL and Politics at its FINEST... Stop wasting away people

    October 16, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. YBM

    THE DIFFERENCE IN A LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he won’t buy one. If a liberal doesn’t like guns, he tries to prevent everyone from having one. If a conservative is a vegetarian, he won’t eat meat. If a liberal is, he tries to ban all meat products for everyone. If a conservative sees a foreign threat, he thinks about how to defeat his enemy. While a liberal wonders how to surrender gracefully and still look good. (Like the French) If a conservative is homosexual, he quietly enjoys his life. If a liberal is homosexual, he loudly demands legislated respect. If a black man or Hispanic is conservative, he sees himself as independently successful. His liberal counterparts see themselves as victims in need of government protection. If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation. A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him. If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels. A liberal demands all talk show hosts they do not agree with be taken off the air. If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church. A liberal wants God banned from society. If a conservative needs health care, he goes shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it. A liberal demands that all his neighbors pay for his.--This guy nailed it!!

    October 16, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  18. John in VA

    The story should be the bitter irony of how it all played out. A bunch of liars calling a liar onto the carpet for calling another liar a liar.

    Out of all the liars in the above list, which is the worst?

    Ha ha. Only in America!

    October 16, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. JT

    Joe tells the truth and the left goes left-er. Just a few more months...we'll be rid of the OHHHNOOO...and Congress too.
    My question is...in this cash for clunkers thing...how much CAN we get for O and Congress?

    October 16, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. Big Gay Sniffit

    What gives? Your "fact checking" money that is spent in typical fashion of each and every political candidate in this country, and nobody even made fun of this on Saturday Night Live.

    October 16, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. hockey dad

    Joe will get his walking papers next election,.. as will many of the other reptiles in the GOP,... Once the health reform bill becomes law. and Americans start realizing it's benefits,.. all RepublicaNOS will become an extinct species.

    October 16, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. Keith

    I think it speaks volumes about the state of political discourse and mainstream media in this country that some person can scream some random comment and become a national news figure for it. Seriously, some guy yelled something, who cares? Of all the issues we're facing right now, people are worried about this.

    October 16, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. Jeff in Houston

    Joe Wilson and the rest of the Pig People just make me wonder if the Hyper-Christians are right after all. This man is proof, walking upright, that Darwin may have been wrong.

    October 16, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  24. Big Gay Sniffit

    Based off some of the comments on this page, I take it that the words "You Lie" are now just a few more words that have been hijacked and no longer allowed to be uttered by whites.

    October 16, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. Wade

    So Joe speaks the truth and all you lib play the race card.
    Typical response.
    Never mind the fact that Obama did lie and continues to do so.
    He's a politician and they ALL lie.

    And it is not treason to call the POTUS for what he is.
    There's this thing call the Bill of Rights... read it... live it... and defend it to the death.
    Every free man has the right to criticize his government and it's leaders.

    October 16, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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