September 11th, 2009
04:20 PM ET
13 years ago

ActBlue raises over $750,000 for Joe Wilson's opponent

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Online fundraising site ActBlue announced Friday that since Republican congressman Joe Wilson's outburst during President Obama's address, his Democratic opponent Rob Miller has raised over $787,951 (and rising) on the site.  The first donation came in at 9:15 p.m. ET on September 9.

ActBlue Deputy Communications Director Adrian Arroyo told CNN that the donations have come in from over 21,622 people since Wednesday night's speech, a major jump from the 5,000 who had contributed as of yesterday.  Arroyo admits that since the fundraising push is viral, "there is no one place to locate what is going on.  You have DailyKos, Twitter and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee circling these issues. There is no one prime mover."  The mean contribution size is $36.

Two links leading back to ActBlue's donation pages have been clicked on over 9,500 times, said the group. Two days after the speech, Joe Wilson is still the top trending topic on Twitter - and ActBlue has benefited greatly, with more than 1,000 tweets about their fundraising efforts for the congressman's opponent.

Filed under: Joe Wilson • Rob Miller • Social Networking • Twitter
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Farrell in Houston

    Rep. Joe Wilson will probably go totally "postal". Something is wrong with this guy, now he's trying to blame immigrants for his outburst. What a nut case.

    September 11, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. The Voice

    Time to remove the American supressors. Wilson is just another anti-american progression. No wonders South Carolina is in shambles.

    These people are still proud of waving the confederate flag. Enough said!

    September 11, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Mike in MN

    That will be $750,000 dollars of wasted money. I just saw a poll that says Wilson comes from a Republican majority district and that they support his lier shout out. All the money in the world won't change Wilson's hero status with the majority of voters in his congressional district.

    September 11, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Priscilla

    Anyone who raises money for Wilson is stupid! Wilson, go ahead and enjoy your pathetic moment in the sun with your cronies because it will end with a bang! Not for you but against you!

    September 11, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. Sam Sixpack

    ActBlue is, among other things, a money laundering site for the Chinese government.

    September 11, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. Shaking My Head in Canada

    I would contribute if I could. Joe Wilson has humiliated himself and the USA.

    September 11, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. amy g

    Go Rob Miller! I donated, and I plan to volunteer for Miller's campaign.

    SC has had enough of the good ole boys – Sanford, Graham, DeMint and Wilson. The SC GOP should be worried about being booted out. People in the state are truly angry about all of this.

    September 11, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. Kate in SW Fla

    It will not matter HOW much the opponent has to spend, we are talking redneck backwoods all-but-the-hood South Carolina! These people fly the confederate flag on equal footing with the stars an stripes! Remember Strom Thurmond? Well, 'nuff said. Unfortunately they refuse to secede, as much as we all wish they would!

    September 11, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. victim of republican greed

    That will overcome Wilson's donations from the health insurance lobby. Now if Miller could get some of the South Carolina aristocracy to bolt from supporting Wilson, it could get very interesting.

    September 11, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. CG

    I guess in some ways bad behavior does pay , only in reverse.

    September 11, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. KAREN

    And Joe Wilson is raising money as we speak for saying exactly what was on our minds. Is Nancy Pelosi getting donations for calling the CIA liars?

    September 11, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. KAREN

    When Nancy Pelosi apologizes on the floor for calling the CIA liars then we can talk.

    September 11, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. BLM

    One man tells the truth about a liar...and now a horde of liars are raising money to elect another liar to do their bidding. Very sad.

    September 11, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. dk

    I believe dollars to Rob Miller inflicts more damage on Joe Wilson than a congressional rebuke. I also believe this magnitude of money will instill real fear in this insincere congressman.

    September 11, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. ccc

    okay GOP you are really fried this time!!!!!!! haha

    September 11, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. historian

    This is fantastic...everyone is involved. I'm cheering for Rob Miller. Can someone tell us where the donated money for Joe Wilson is coming from??????

    September 11, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. Jon in CA

    I LOVE when I see insane liberals throwing away their dollars!!!

    Yall liberals think you can BUY every election. Joe Wilson froms from central SOUTH CAROLINA. His constituents are mad... NOT by his outburst...but because he APOLOGIZED!

    Keep wasting your hard earned dollars – thinking it will make a difference in Joe Wilson's re-election bid.


    September 11, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. pc junior

    Is very good for Democratic. If Republican did not stop, they going to losse big time

    September 11, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. Sam Sixpack

    ActBlue launders political contributions for the Chinese government.

    September 11, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. Steve (the real one)

    It still comes down to the VOTERS!! Thank you!

    September 11, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. Kelby In Houston, Texas

    OH YEAH! well, Joe Wilson raised $200K....

    Find comfort in the fact that we are advancing politically, socially and mentally. All be it slow, we are moving forward, we are getting better. Better than Joe Wilson

    September 11, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  22. Suzan

    Just a little change in the subject here, but has anyone heard a word or a peep out of Palin since she got her HAND SLAPPED the other night on National TV when Obama (AGAIN) set the record straight that there isn't any DEATH PANELS in this Health Care Plan.......When they asked McCain about it later he thought it was not nice to have made that remark about (Some Politicians) (meaning Palin), but when asked if he believed that there would be DEATH PANELS in this Plan he said NO he didn't beieve that.......

    September 11, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  23. felicia

    And just to let you know hannity and levin have a link taking donations as well. hannity is a jerk face bum who needs to be taught a lesson. i can't stand him

    September 11, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. Perusing-through

    Joe Wilson is a Colonel in South Carolina's National Guard.

    Joe Wilson of all people KNOWS the importance of professional decorum when addressing the Commander-in-Chief.

    September 11, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. bill in houston

    CNN should update the totals at Act Blue for Rob Miller, it is at 811,000 and rising every minute. Join in!

    September 11, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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