September 22nd, 2009
08:12 AM ET
14 years ago

Joe Wilson passes $2 million mark

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="South Carolina congressman Joe Wilson has raked in more than $2 million since he shouted at President Obama."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - South Carolina Republican congressman Joe Wilson has now raised over $2 million in campaign contributions since he shouted "You lie!" at the president earlier this month.

A campaign aide confirmed that Wilson surpassed the $2 million mark on Monday.

Wilson and his 2010 opponent, Democrat Rob Miller, each raised more than $1.5 million in the week after Wilson's outburst, which occurred during President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress on September 9.

The House voted to formally reprimand Wilson last week, amidst an aggressive online fundraising effort by the congressman's staff.

Miller is scheduled to visit Washington on Wednesday for a pair of fundraisers on Capitol Hill.

Filed under: Joe Wilson • Rob Miller • South Carolina
soundoff (261 Responses)
  1. Mike in MN

    Now all the Republicans will be doing the same thing next time Obama addresses congress. Wonder if some cash strapped Dems will to?

    September 22, 2009 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  2. scott

    Sick. This guy disrepects our President in a Rude Disgusting Pompus way... Then runs out Campaigning for cash after "Apologizing". Why didn't he just hold up the Nazi Symbols in the chamber w his GOP Right wing buddies while he was at it...these Right wing Extremist are jus disgusting. The party of NO and Hate...sad

    September 22, 2009 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  3. Chris

    Wilson should be ashamed!!! Everyone is entilted to an opinion but, there is a time and a place for it. this was niether the time nor the place...shame on you!

    September 22, 2009 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  4. David

    Rewarding incivility...what a novel concept.

    September 22, 2009 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  5. RedneckBob

    Why would idiots reward this idiot? Oh...never mind.

    September 22, 2009 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  6. Joe In Nevada

    America is a really messed up place.

    September 22, 2009 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  7. Cora

    Take the money out of politics and you might find better public servants and better policies.
    It is insane and obscene to allow money to interfere with elections , does that mean your vote is for sale..???

    September 22, 2009 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  8. david

    pretty sorry manners that sothern bell has. even if he is a good guy it is hard to imagine a situation where a congressman would think it is appropreate to yell at the president during a speech. I guess there are a lot of people with bad manners out there who want to give him money, this is a bid president.

    September 22, 2009 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  9. jane

    These contributors are showing that they have no respect for the U.S. Congress or the Office of the President. This is a sad day for our country.

    September 22, 2009 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  10. Steve

    Says a lot for the donors...class acts like him.

    September 22, 2009 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  11. GOP

    Looks to me like most people agree with Wilson and willing to put money on it.

    The problem Obama did not tell the truth and some people are just tired of his lies!

    September 22, 2009 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  12. Frankie

    How stupid that this wing nut would collect 2 million because he has shown that civility is leaving America. And that shows what dim wits his supporters are that they would send him money for showing such disrespect to the president of the United State. Agree with him or disagree with him, President Obama is owed nothing less than the respect his office demands. How sad for our country.

    September 22, 2009 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  13. gino

    Wilson joins Rush and Gen: stupidity, hatred and rudeness pay big time.

    September 22, 2009 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  14. Anonymous

    An aide "confirmed" that Wilson had taken in $2 million? Confirmed what? His own web site's unverified claims?

    The truth is we will not know how much he has taken in until he has to file his campaign's monthly report.

    Meanwhile, his opponent, Rob Miller, has raised an ACTUAL $1.5 million, which can be verified on

    Unless CNN is actually working for Wilson's campaign, I would expect your "journalists" to take the campaign's inflated numbers with a grain of salt.

    September 22, 2009 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  15. john

    nice, you ensure your name will be the answer to many many political jeopardy question AND rake in $$$.

    Joe Wilson is such an easy name to remember too.

    But why does this come from a congressman from South Carolina, of all the 50 states? I'm sure there are other congressmen who feel just as strongly about this that are not from one of the southern states?

    September 22, 2009 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  16. Bob

    Does not speak well of the people who gave joe the money.

    September 22, 2009 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  17. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    It's not a surprise to learn Joe Wilson's "raised" so much money. The Republicans are grasping at anything they think has traction, even if that traction is based on a complete fallacy...and it is.

    Republicans want to do anything they can to convince enough people they're smarter than President Obama, when they're not.

    Republicans think they can fool some of the people some of the time, and quickly realize they can fool other Republicans all of the time. So, of course Joe Wilson's "raised" that much money...the sheep are easily fleeced when jammed down the Republican noise machine.

    September 22, 2009 04:02 am at 4:02 am |
  18. Kate

    Wow. Every time I convince myself that the election of Obama marked a high point in human evolution, I'm quickly backhanded by the fact that far too many Americans are freaking IDIOTS!

    September 22, 2009 04:05 am at 4:05 am |
  19. Anthony

    So what this says is... you can basically disrespect the highest office in the land with rude, out of line outbursts and get rewarded for it....

    It also says there is a good portion of people in society, so ignorant, that they'd actually part with their (supposedly) hard earned capitalist dollar to support this clown...

    How does the saying go...

    September 22, 2009 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  20. Adam Waldron

    Glad to see we're rewarding people for a complete lack of respect to the most powerful man in the world.

    September 22, 2009 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  21. angelwings

    If he got $2mil for heckling, how much should Nancy Pelosi get for calling the Tea Party group Nazis and astroturf? I think they should really create a new political game show called "Who Wants to be a Czar?" The winner gets to be a Czar and is excused from all penalties from name calling, gets $2 million dollars a show, and gets heckling rights for life.

    September 22, 2009 04:22 am at 4:22 am |
  22. angelwings

    Somebody should start taking orders for a "YOU LIE" tea shirt!

    September 22, 2009 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  23. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    Republicans want to drag their feet, impede progress, and throw temper they can turn around next year and say President Obama was a failure... but in the end the people that are going to be hurt the most are the American people. Republicans have no shame and no decency enough to face reality.

    September 22, 2009 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  24. k

    I wonder if Joe Wilson would have shouted at Obama if he was White, Southern Republicans have no respect for anyone who isn't a White Christian

    I wonder how much the Health Insurance companies and other corrupt scum in America paid Joe Wilson to say that as well as fund money for his campaign

    September 22, 2009 04:42 am at 4:42 am |
  25. AJ

    The only difference is that Miller's is coming from individual people and Wilson is getting lumps of cash from the right wing money machine. It's cool Joe, they count every vote the same regardless of how rich you are. Unless of course you are trying to institute the 3/5th rule again?

    September 22, 2009 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
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