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. Ryan, CT

    Obama has been truthful from day one in regards to health care.

    The real problem is the Republican Party fears change. Their principles and ideas have not changed since its inception in 1854.

    Its time to grow up!!!

    September 22, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. indy

    Honestly what would happen if the election was held today. cmon now HONESTLY! lol Mc Cain in a landslide lol , this is definitely a 1 term president and I can already hear it now, its because he's black! america only gave him 1 term because its such a racist country lol maybe The big O can be a judge on american idol since he LOVES being on tv so much lol

    September 22, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Loup Garou 782

    I'm not only tired of his lies , I'm tired of him, his never ending campaign, his daily TV appearances, his picture in the paper on a daily basis, sometimes a picture with several articles. Makes me want to vomit.

    September 22, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. Peter E

    Why is anyone giving airtime to this buffoon? Just ignore him! That would be the best punishment for him.

    September 22, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. aPassionateModerate

    If most people are "tired" of Obama's lies and you believe they have every right to be, does that also imply that you believe George W was completely truthful in his eight years?

    September 22, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. thersa

    If this isn't an indictment of the American people, I don't know what is.

    September 22, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. Barbara Indepdent in NY

    Shame on the GOP and the South Carolinians that support this man.

    September 22, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. Mitchell

    I had never heard of Joe Wilson, but now I have respect for him. People just stop being mindless sheep and research things for your self. Don't always trust CNN to tell you the entire story, look at other outlets. Often times they leave so much unsaid when they cover a story. Things that make the story much more factual are convently left out. On many issues you can just go to the DNC talking points to get a really good idea on what CNN's view will be that day.

    September 22, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. Deb (long island)

    It goes to show how many people get rewarded for bad behavior. This is why there is such discontent and discord in America today.

    September 22, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. Really?

    To GOP:

    Purely your opinion.

    September 22, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. Kimmy

    GOP and Bush lied about the very reasons why we have the Irak mess on our hands. Plus, his policies on the economy have gotten us where we are. Bill Clinton gets impeached for lying about Lewinsky and Bush gets away with his historic lies... And you dare accuse Obama of lying?

    What a weird world we live in!

    September 22, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Wilson didn't even tell the truth about Obama lying! Wilson tried to paint the health care bill as if it specifically sets aside money for illegal immigrants. (his words! check the interviews he gave subsequently) Obama told the truth. That this bill does not give money to illegal immigrants, that all the policies that were in place before his presidency that policed health care against abuse by illegals would be unchanged. That's the truth. Wilson is the one who lied. But I guess it's easier to rake in money from hate-mongering against immigrants than it is to actually address real subtance and issues. Fun fact: did you know that providing health services to illegal immigrants started under Bush Jr., because of legislation constructed and implemented by his own republican party? Why not talk about that, Mr. Wilson?

    September 22, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. charlie

    Looks to me like Wilson knew he would get campaign contributions by breaking Congressional rules. He's be a very ineffective legislator(except for the ability to raise money for himself) while he remains in office.
    What's next for him, radio talk show host?

    September 22, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. Patrick - Indianapolis

    GOP – But you had no problem with the Bush lies. Lies that killed thousands of Americans. Your bigotry is showing.

    September 22, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. Kay Jackson

    Most people do not agree with Wilson. 20% of the the country does which is the Republicans. Wilson would not have got any money if Miller had not been pulling it in like crazy. It was an after thought for the Republicans. Wilson might win his race in 2010 but I doubt it. The American People have had enough of the Republicans and it is showing greatly. Good luck to the disrespectful Wilson Congressman. hahahahaha

    September 22, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. cheri kelley

    I sure wish people would have shouted more when Bush lied. I don't believe our country would be in this crazy mess to begin with. If you voted for him twice-the shame is on you. His lie was bigger.

    September 22, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. Dennis

    I think Wilson increased his chances for re-election. I think most of the money his opponent received came from outside that district.

    September 22, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. Steve (the real one)

    Here is the story in a nutshell. The dems say racists give to the RNC, the repubs say the ignorant give to the DNC! Well now you know why we can't get anything done as a country! We are out of balance!

    September 22, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. Chris - Denver

    I'm just glad I don't live in that district. $3.5 million buy an awful lot of local advertising!

    September 22, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. Chris

    The claim that he lied is preposterous, unless they assumed from Obama's statement that this legislation will override any prior statutes giving allowances to illegal immigrants – and possibly revoke the hypocratic oath sworn to by all doctors currently in the US.

    September 22, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. Alex

    why work hard and be a good person when being a jerk can make you money?

    September 22, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. DT

    LOL dont get too comnfy GOP even if people put money on him dont mean he'll win anything.

    September 22, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. Marion

    Looks to me like most people agree with Wilson and willing to put money on it.
    So are you saying that the side with the most money must have the most support? That's what it sounds like to me.

    If I agree with Candidate A and give him $5, and four people agree with Candidate B and each give him $1, does that mean that more people agree with Candidate A, since he has more money? If we go with that reasoning, then why even bother with elections? Candidates can just bid for office, with the one who can come up with the most cash getting the job.

    September 22, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. LIP

    When a politician yells "you lie" in a room full of politicians, how does anyone know who is being yelled at?

    September 22, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. Regressive Party Refugee (former republican)

    Newsflash: This just in – the adage that "Fools and their money are soon separated" has been proven!
    S Carolina congressman Joe Wilson shows an amazing lack of respect, control and decorum, mistakenly channeling Sean Hannity during the Presidents recent joint congressional address. His cretinous outburst attracts nearly $2 million in donations from conservative flies attracted to the stink.

    September 22, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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