October 16th, 2009
08:39 AM ET
3 years ago

'You lie' equals $4.4 million cash haul

Wilson's infamous comment has resulted in $4.4 million of campaign cash.
Wilson's infamous comment has resulted in $4.4 million of campaign cash.

(CNN) - How much are the words "You Lie" worth when directed at President Barack Obama on national television?

Well over $4 million collectively, newly filed campaign finance reports show.

According to the new Federal Elections Commission disclosure forms, South Carolina Republican Joe Wilson raised $2.7 through September 30 of this year, nearly all of it coming after the infamous outburst during Obama's September 9 prime-time address to Congress, Wilson's campaign told CNN.

Rob Miller, Wilson's likely Democratic opponent in next year's congressional election, has collected close to $1.7 million through September 30, 95 percent of which came after the "You Lie" incident, according to Miller's campaign. Wilson beat Miller by eight points in last year's election.

The combined $4.4 million cash haul has transformed what was once a low profile congressional race into what appears will be the most expensive campaign for a House seat in South Carolina history.

– CNN's Peter Hamby, Robert Yoon, and Alexander Mooney contributed to this report


Filed under: Joe Wilson • Rob Miller
soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. Dean

    Telling the truth always pays off.

    October 16, 2009 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  2. TLDSR

    The Republican Party is a disgrace and an abomination. There is something putrid about these guys and gals. The Republican Parties of past decades did not make me want to shower after I hear or see them speak on issues. I think it may have started with the Newt Gingrich Crew a few years back.

    October 16, 2009 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  3. Angus McDugan

    I don't think Obama was telling a lie. I just think is does not know what he is talking about. I hope ObamaCare does not run medical inovation in the ditch by removing the financial incentives.

    October 16, 2009 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  4. Tom

    Joe Wilson apologised for yelling you lie, now it is time for Obama to apologise for lying.

    October 16, 2009 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Wilson needs to give some thought as to how he acts. He may have raised money, but we need him to behave a little better. His actions were condemed by the House very lightly. He got off easy since he directly called the president a liar while the president was speaking to the full congress.

    October 16, 2009 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  6. Troubled

    Good, I'll contribute the maximum to Wilson's campaign!

    October 16, 2009 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  7. Scott

    Disgusting. If ever there was a more clear call for a total overhaul of the way campaign finance and campaigning are handled in the US I'd love to hear about it. Don't think for a minute all the other two-bit, no-name, backbenchers in the House aren't paying attention to this...2010 will be an ugly prelude to 2012.

    October 16, 2009 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  8. K

    I think this situation just proves that the people in this country that openly admit to being a Conservative/Republican seem to be embracing incivility and hatred.

    When you stop for a second and think about the issue that Joe Wilson accused President Obama of lying about...illegal aliens getting insurance coverage, just stop and think about that.....

    I can honestly say that I do love the country of my birth, but there is a segmant in our society that is extremely embarrasing and shameful to be associated with as a country, the Republicans are a disgrace to America.

    October 16, 2009 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  9. Free Thinker

    It is amazing what speaking the truth will bring you!!

    October 16, 2009 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  10. Albo58

    Though it will be certainly glossed over by the DNC, Wilson's campaign contributions reflect the dissatisfaction by a lot of American taxpayers in this administration and the rubber-stamp Congressional majority, plain and simple!

    October 16, 2009 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  11. Frozone

    no surprise that Republicans have continued to support this racist, lying moron. The GOP rewards the worst elements of our society.

    October 16, 2009 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  12. Jim in Florida

    hmmmm, 4 million per Obama lie, someone ought to have a billion piled up by now

    October 16, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  13. pete

    this Wilson is a joke.

    October 16, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  14. Ken in Gainesville

    Not surprising. Hatred and fear sell, especially in South Carolina. (A former resident)

    October 16, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  15. A. Goodwin

    People who donated to the $4.4 million "cash haul" simply disgust me. Yes, let's praise this man for being a loud-mouth jerk!

    I dont care what isle you are on – what he did was rude. End of story.

    October 16, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  16. J

    Just shows the level of disrespect and ignorance in this country.

    What happened to the UNITED States of America. We are a divided nation filled with people who get their information from Cable News channels that are more filled with propaganda and advertisements than actual news and information.

    We are a sad and pathetic nation, how do we reclaim our greatness??

    October 16, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  17. gypsydaveywithablowtorch

    But he feels so bad about it, he's donating all this money to charity-right?

    October 16, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  18. ThinkAgain

    No surprise here. The Republican Party has devolved into a bunch of whiny, lying, name-calling hate- and fear-mongers who put party before country; of course they're going to back a rude ignoramous like Wilson!

    Anything to Make US Fail – that's the new GOP motto.

    October 16, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  19. obummer, 1 and done

    Disrespectful outburst that I do not condone, but true non the less.

    October 16, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  20. seebofubar

    I guess a whole lot of people agree, Obama is a lier. No surprise there though, over 45% of americans new that last November.

    October 16, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  21. mjm

    Wilson was right. Obama lies....so does the teleprompter.

    October 16, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  22. DSH

    I guess the GOP has more money than integrity.

    October 16, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  23. rjt

    I took a look at this senate health bill and although Obama says no one will be denied insurance due to preexisting conditions, there is a huge loophole. You will be required to maintain your cholestorol, weight, and unspecified "living habits" that meet the requirements or you will pay a hefty price. I think this does in fact open a whole can of worms. Now that I have read the bill....yes I would say that Wilson was right...he lied.

    October 16, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  24. jp,michigan

    President Obama is a politician first ,than the President. He said what was needed to get him elected, once elected he has not lived up to his promises. Where is the transparency ? Where is the posting of bills on the Internet so all Americans can read the bill? Continue the way you are going right now and you will be a one term President, with not much to show, except for the pressure you placed on the American people, no job growth and using one party system to get what you want done.

    October 16, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  25. not alone

    Wow folks shelling out for such ingnorence and disrspect,how sad the repulican party has become.

    October 16, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
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