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

Joe Wilson passes $2 million mark

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/14/art.youlie.gi.jpg 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. erick

    why ride on Baracks popularity to survive politically.The congresman is just Naive and should show his supporters how to be a Good man, a role model..............................not a hooligan.
    Barack will succeed despite all this. the congressman lies

    September 22, 2009 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  2. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Had Wilson done his job and READ the bill that President Obama was discussing he'd have known it FORBIDS health insurance coverage for illegal aliens. His ignorance thus made his heckling of "You lie!" itself a lie. Once again we have a Conservative Republican projecting their own issues onto others, a pot calling the kettle black. Why any INFORMED American citizen would give Wilson money to reward him for rudeness and poor job performance defies all logic and good sense.

    September 22, 2009 04:56 am at 4:56 am |
  3. C.Terrell

    You lie!

    September 22, 2009 05:12 am at 5:12 am |
  4. Effra

    Take that, libs!

    September 22, 2009 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  5. Kimmy

    Shame on those who reward the mediocre and the lousy, the mistaken and the wrongdoer. This is a time where anything goes as long as it serves a political view or agenda. It seems that these poeple are willing to let the world come to an end and their country collapse if it serves their purpose.

    September 22, 2009 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  6. Tom in Delaware

    Yet another attempt to denigrate a Republican by the Liberals that has blown up in their faces...couldn't happen to a worse bunch of clowns.

    September 22, 2009 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  7. Marci

    Joe Wilson should return every penny of that money. Pitiful politics... but hey...it's SC good ole boys at it again..he should call his own Gov. a liar!!!

    September 22, 2009 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  8. eual stanga

    I agree with him/ also I thought we lived in free country to say what we wanted to say I`ll be sending him some money and I can`t even vote for him

    September 22, 2009 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  9. GGG

    Thankyou Mr. Wilson for the truth...we have heard nothing but Lies and finally someone brave enough took a stand... Keep up the Great work!!!!

    September 22, 2009 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  10. Jeanine

    One comment hardly a heckler makes.
    It is too bad you don't report more truth.

    September 22, 2009 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  11. david

    joe wilson is right if you believe what obama says you believed what hitler said......pure and simple

    September 22, 2009 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  12. Independent

    He can raise a billion what's going to matter is the ballot box

    September 22, 2009 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  13. Greg

    New sign of the times:

    "Will be rude for food"

    September 22, 2009 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  14. keith A. sillsbury

    2 million for a splintered party and a splintered campaign, so what. If the people don't stand behind you then you still lose and trust me, the people don't stand behind you. SC is in the craper because of your failed policies and ignorance.

    September 22, 2009 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  15. Dan

    What kind of society rewards such bad behavior. If our political leaders can receive huge sums of money for ridiculing our president and the government they serve then we shouldn't be surprised when this becomes the norm and our children do it.

    September 22, 2009 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  16. Democrat

    Go Joe!

    September 22, 2009 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  17. nadine

    It's desperation. Throw money @ Wilson's feet.

    September 22, 2009 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  18. Brendett

    I cant believe that people are paying South Carolina Republican congressman Joe Wilson who has now raised over $2 million in campaign contributions since he shouted "You lie!" at the president earlier this month.For his bad behavior, and disrespect . There is no morals in the State of South Carolina!
    Will South Carolina Republican congressman Joe Wilson keep the money or give it back? that is the question now ! If Joe Wilson keeps the money then he is not sorry for his outburst comment "you lie!" period!
    Joe Wilson give the $2 million to the harvest food bank to redeem yourself.

    September 22, 2009 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  19. Fed Up

    Go Joe!

    September 22, 2009 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  20. amazed

    More evidence the Right is dominated by hysterical Nutjobs and anarchists who seem bent on dismantling society. There isn't any meaningful discussion coming from the Right these days. Where have all the insightful conservatives gone?

    September 22, 2009 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  21. mike

    whats is that old saying you can take the BOY out of the south but you can't take the racist south out of the BOY somethings just don't change
    go pick your cotton wilson

    September 22, 2009 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  22. Willy Brown

    I sent my check into All American Joe!

    September 22, 2009 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  23. Eric

    Are people sending Wilson money in hopes that he can purchase some civility or decorum? Perhaps if he gets enough money, he will go away.

    I am astonished that this rude behavior is being rewarded.

    September 22, 2009 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  24. Doraine Gordon

    Well, isn't he special! My goodness it must make Joe feel real good to raise so much money by just disrespecting the President. I think this will come back to bite him in the long run. If he is the man everyone makes him out to be he has to be ashamed of what he did. I know that I am ashamed of him! Anyone who would act the way he did does not deserve to live in our country. I think he needs to go far away from here. He didn't do anything to be proud of. He disgraced everybody mainly himself!

    September 22, 2009 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  25. Janis L. Lowry

    So now we pay people who lower the tone of a conversation??

    September 22, 2009 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
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