October 16th, 2009
08:39 AM ET
7 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. Tim

    See, in the end, the truth always pays.

    October 16, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  2. Wake Up

    Just wait until our money flows to anyone but people who voted for Obama's ridiculous health care plan. We are ready to mobilize and flow the money to the opposition. We will NOT let Obama be a dictator any longer. 2010, here we come.

    October 16, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  3. RTB

    A well orchestrated "outburst" by the ambulance chaser from South Carolina. Let the good folks of that state set the record straight. For the rest of us he is a crude joke of "gentleman".

    October 16, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. townna brown

    and respect is deserve to a dog we love to accept the negative of something and try to make it look good. congulation on mr wilson monry he raise but money cant buy u everything

    October 16, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  5. Crock

    no matter how much it gets him...Joe Wilson should be ashamed...

    October 16, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  6. Brian

    So, Blowhard Joe's yawp was a callous grab for money, an empty gesture, and indeed a lie in itself.

    October 16, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. Simmy

    In joe the heckler's scenario, that's not a good thing.....Parents shouldn't reward their children for bad behavior......Grown ups shouldn't reward another grown up for bad behavior......Only in the elitist GOP could such a dastardly thing happen.......Peace.....

    October 16, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  8. mark

    America needs more in congress like Mr. Wilson.

    October 16, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  9. Jeff

    Liars typically point the finger at other people and claim that they are lying to cover up the fact that they are lying...

    October 16, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  10. Brian

    I imagine this type of thing will continue to happen. Internet based society seems to like it's trolls.

    October 16, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  11. Bananarama Victim II: Electric Boogaloo

    "You lie" also equals setting a terrible example of polotics gone wrong. Say what you will about freedom of speech (chances are you don't really understand that right) but once our Government officials start to behave in a manner less than gentlemen, then how can we expect any respect to be paid to anyone?

    Disagree all you want, loudly if you need, but don't applaud the Kanye West of politics for uttering a sentence fragment angerly at the President, an action that would be condemned when directed at an auctioneer, let alone a white President.

    October 16, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  12. Nana5

    Love Joe Wilson – one politician who is not afraid to speak the truth. Keep up the good work and call everyone up there out on their lies and misdeeds to the American people. That's just what you were elected for – to represent us and you're doing a superb job. Like all the libs said during the election – if Mr. Nobama can't take the heat, get him the heck out of the kitchen and back to his playroom in Ohio.

    October 16, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  13. Samuel

    those who donated for his campaign should be ashamed of themselves for encouraging others to disrespect our president, encouraging dirty politics.

    October 16, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  14. Jessie

    When a Congressional member can raise money on violating the rules of decorum for the House and totally disrespect the President of the United States with a statement that has been debunked by every legitimate fact-checking organization, it says just as much about his donors as it does about him.

    October 16, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  15. What???

    I'd bet GOPsnotsters are so proud. They will go in the history books as the party that opposed health care for all americans and called the first african american president a liar on worldwide t.v.

    How proud you bunch of space cadets must be! So much so...you're contributing millions to this loser of a congressman. What sleazy, disrespectful, hateful, hypocritical portion of our country this all represents. Where's the intelligent debate, respectful polical discourse and collobration of the best ideas / best results for the country? Calling the president a liar....really? that's it? GOP = 0.00 IQ

    But again....I'm sure you "Ring Wing Ding Dongs" are proud

    October 16, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. D. Tree

    So what people learn from this is Joe Wilson's apology wasn't sincere at all. He's been using the stunt for his own gain – playing it up at every opportunity. Pretty disingenuous.

    October 16, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  17. Nick

    That was not an outburst! It was a cold calculated move to engender funds from the other wing-nuts. This guy is a liar, a fraud and a cheat – typical of Red State Republicans.

    October 16, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  18. T. van Tol

    I did not know you can "urn" such money by
    telling someone else is lying.
    Fear and hate are strong these days.
    But, at the end, there will be victory for Barack Obama.
    I am 100% sure on that. Go Barack, this world needs you!

    October 16, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  19. Tony

    Looks like the people of South Carolina want skeptical, audacious representatives. I wish my state was like that. We instead vote for state lawmakers who get caught on FBI cameras stuffing bribe money in their bras.

    October 16, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  20. LIP

    And you can bet that President Obama will be putting in numerous public appearances on Miller's behalf. Revenge is sweet, or so they say. It will be a bitter taste in the mouths of many Democrats though when they see that the truth is hard to swallow.
    All of this could have been avoided if Obama had simply included the Republicans in everything he promised during his campaining.

    October 16, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  21. Fools and their freedoms are soon parted

    I always thought telling the truth was priceless.

    October 16, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  22. Feed-Up with Politicians...

    this is unbelievable that any politician could make money after insulting the president; what a bunch of sick people

    October 16, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  23. katiec

    This just goes to show that the republican party and their supporters have thrown all integrity, honor, respect to the wind.
    When politicians are as irresponsible and disrespectful as Wilson was, and people stoop to that level by rewarding this behavior, it
    makes one wonder about those who support extremist behavior.
    And, what caliber of people they want running our country,

    October 16, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  24. Annette

    Yea, and that also equates to the kind of division the GOP has created and the kind of fearmonging to win over folks, insincerities. and uncertainty. That amount does not surprise me at all, in fact I am surprise it wasn't more.

    October 16, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  25. papa

    Excellent! Now they both have enought money to tell their own lies!!

    October 16, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
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