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.

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soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Craig H

    If Miller can't win against Wilson, maybe Miller can get permission from his donors to divert the funds to the DNC where the money can be used to win contests elsewhere.

    September 11, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  2. Flora Jones

    As many half truths the former president told and no one called him on them, there should not have been any comment made to the current President. Let's face it, it does not matter what President Obama says or does now or in the future, you will have closet hood wearing sadists who will always try to destroy him in one way or another. We know what it is about, RACISM; we can deny it all we want. You have an African American President. Deal with it. Work with him. We should be pulling together instead of trying to destroy this country. In the grand scheme of things, when this world ends (and it will), who will have won? What will you have won?

    September 11, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  3. Cindy-San Francisco

    There is nothing funny about Wilson. He is just shameful and WILL be thrown out of office. The people in his district just need to figure that out. We have not time for racist politicians or anyone else.

    September 11, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  4. Rick in S. Florida

    Nancy Pelosi is correct; the CIA DID lie. Joe Wilson was wrong. Besides, the CIA is many things, but they are not the ELECTED President of the United States. When Wilson insulted Obama, he insulted the MAJORITY of Americans who put him into office. THAT'S the issue. That's 365 Electorial Votes against McLame's 173.

    Read 'em and weep.

    September 11, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  5. Lynne

    Sadly, money raised has become more important than policies, integrity and leadership abilities.

    September 11, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  6. J

    <in 2003, Joe Wilson voted to provide federal funds for illegal immigrants' healthcare.
    The vote came on the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003, which contained Sec. 1011 authorizing $250,000 annually between 2003 and 2008 for government reimbursements to hospitals who provide treatment for uninsured illegal immigrants.

    Seems like Joe Wilson is for Illegal immigrants in 2003 During Bush Years in the office and against during Obama Years in the office.

    Ironic isn't it!

    September 11, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  7. Joe

    Obama is a liar, maybe the truth hurts, but it needs to be said. Does Obama think this is a country where people are not free to say the president is a lair? Wilson is doing his job.

    September 11, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    Joe Wilson is a major component of the GOP Southern strategy of dirty politics: lies, slander, distortion, intimidation, and other boorish behavior. They pack town hall meetings and shout down opposing speakers.

    September 11, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. Jon in CA

    Freshly Squeezed Cynic –

    So what I hear you saying... on Joe Wilson's WORST day – the race is tied??

    LMAO... yeah... you keep counting those chickens!!

    September 11, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  10. Mobi (TX)

    I wonder where Joe wilson and his so called conservative's were hiding when the last President was Lieing to us all. The so called family value's party is quick to point out the other party's fault without 1st looking in the mirror. That party is a dying breed. i guess they are trying to make 1 last stand. Good luck ya'll.

    September 11, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  11. DB

    As a proud Democrat...I think way too much is being made of Rep Wislon's comment. Afterall, he is a republican and thats all we have come to see from Republicans in recent years. However, having called the President a liar...he calls and apologizes saying it was 'due to his high level of emotion or words to that effect.
    Today, with dollar signs in his eyes...he is saying otherwise. I take it that Mr. Wilson lied either last night or today? Both cant be true. Oh...these republicans. Sigh...

    September 11, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  12. Carolyn Knight

    I'm so happy to learn that someone raised money for Joe Wilson's opponent. That has absolutely lit a fire under me and I resolve to send Joe Wilson the maximum amount for his campaign. I respect Joe Wilson's right to speak his mind at a congressional town hall that was called purely for the purpose of pushing president Obama's universal health care plan. If the president had appeared at my town hall and lied I would not have helb back. If the democrats believe he should be punished then we should go to the archives and punish the democrats who shouted and mumbled insults during state of the union address, an official speech. Lets start with Harry Reid. Also I demand that Nancy Pelosi apologize or be punished for calling me and everyone who has attended "Tea Parties" "Astroturft" and other insulting names. My advice to the democrats is to drop it . I look forward to voting the most egregious offenders out in 2010 and 2012.

    September 11, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
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