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. Hugo

    Maybe Joe Wilson and Rush Limbaugh can band together and stand up to the Left's continued use of the slanderous RACE card calls. Maybe Attorney General Holden can declare it a hate crime and put all those racists that continue to try to use this word as a political tool of deception...

    When one speaks the truth he shall be rewarded with Gold! Looks like Rush and Joe must be doing something right.

    October 16, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. Dennis

    I'm sure in his home district, it has made him very popular. Sometimes you get rewarded for telling the truth.

    October 16, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. Jose from Tampa

    Well well well.... The family values party rewarding bad behaviour.

    October 16, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. Pragmatic

    Looks like the recession is over! republicans have plenty of money to buy any election they want ... but they may find that the American voters are "not for sale" ...

    October 16, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. Greta

    I'm so sad he made money based on acting like a jerk. Democracy is over-rated. Look at the people we vote in. Look at the people we allow to vote. :)

    October 16, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. T'SAH from Virginia

    YOU LIE will not even spend 4.4 million dollars on his campaign... The election is LOW LEVEL and if he spends that much on air, people would get bored with him.

    Rob Miller's donations most likely came from the community and not from EVERY FAR-RIGHT person in the United States!!! That does not say much for YOU LIE WILSON. Voters out of their district cannot even vote – so donors out of the district WASTED their money.

    $4.4 million dollars worth of ATTACKS may not even be warranted against Rob Miller!!! He seems like a decent man and just might beat YOU LIE WILSON on DECENCY!!!

    October 16, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. Marty, Grand Rapids Mi

    Another pathetic display of how bad the American public can be,

    October 16, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. Lcrawford

    This is bogus. If Joe Wilson is able to raise money from his very inappropriate comments targetting OUR president(including him) Barack Obama, this shows you were we are located in this time in America. This country is now ran by drama, and the fact that Wilson can raise 4.4 million dollars after the comments shows that either people still do not support Obama or the country are full support of bogus comments

    October 16, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. Deb (long island)

    It is utterly disgusting to see that so many people support this total lack of respect towards the office of the President.

    October 16, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. Dave in Albuquerque

    The GOP has stopped being about conservatism and is now about reactionism. This guy epitomizes what has happened to a once grand old party.

    October 16, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. Brian

    Maybe with all that money he can buy some integrity.

    October 16, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. Steve

    Well... it just goes to prove, "there's one born every minute"

    October 16, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. Tom St. Paul

    Oh good. Now we can expect more staged or spontaneous outbursts at formal national addresses and events. After all, it's worth cash! Too bad the Dems didn't think of this earlier. Hillary Clinton's campaign fund would never have run a deficit if she would've thrown her shoes at President Bush. Shame on Wilson for his "spontaneous" outburst and on those who have given him money because of it. They have further cheapened our national dialog. Our nation is devloving back to the 1800s.

    October 16, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. Robin

    So will Joe get an apology if what he said was true?

    October 16, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. New Yorker

    Money talks and it's refreshing when it speaks the truth. Joe Wilson simply said what many already knew.

    October 16, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  16. Me

    So it is now advantageous & voters r willing to say their hard earned cash to someone who chooses to object to policy to `challenge` by yelling down a speaking t t president to call him a liar. Does this not frighten you?! Do the application of wisdom and decorum farm more in this country than the childish expression of uncontrolled said?

    October 16, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  17. The people speak.....

    with their pocket books. Guess Obama DID lie.

    Obama is ONE and DONE.

    October 16, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  18. IndyVoter

    Just goes to show stupidity pays.

    October 16, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. Tulsa

    ....and this just in.... Joe Wilson is still telling lies.

    October 16, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. Tim

    I guess ACORN can't corrupt South Carolina.

    October 16, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. trish

    It should have been a lot higher than that.The republicans stole billions of dollars ,from the country and from fellow republicans,while on bush`s watch.Is that all they`re willing to give to Joe?He`ll need it because he lost a lot of credibility as a senator,republican and as a man.Don`t try to downplay what he did.It was a horrible thing to do to any President even when your colleagues pat you on the back and smile in your face they know that what you did was political suicide.I never want a man that can`t control his emotions to represent me in any arena,even when you disagree.He showed his true colors and I am very disapointed in what I see.

    October 16, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  22. Dar

    This should tell you something, more people beleive that Odumbo lies than that dont. Dont get me wrong most politicans lie. it's a way of life for them.

    October 16, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  23. rob

    hes a loser. such a waste of money. It should be given to those that are in need. Who cares about this jerk anyway.

    October 16, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. Ray

    So...some dude was rude enough to interrupt our President-PRESIDENT-in the middle of a speech, and he's given 4 million bucks...

    You stay classy, Republicans ;-)

    October 16, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  25. fellow from chicago

    And we'll keep on giving until all the lying Dems are voted out of office in 2010 and 2012. Give America back to Americans.

    October 16, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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