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. Chris

    If my child did what Joe Wilson did at school, he would get a 10 day suspension. If I did this at work, I would get fired. Joe Wilson does it and is rewarded for his bad behavior.

    This is typical of what is wrong with Washington (with either party). Bad behavior is rewarded, not punished

    September 22, 2009 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  2. Tate

    Because he was telling the truth, BAM was lying through his buck teeth. Immigrants to did not have to show any identification to get insurance!. Just another lie by the democants.

    THe problem with socialsim is you eventually run out of other peoples money.

    September 22, 2009 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  3. lmm010

    And why should I trust this campaign aide when his own boss is a liar himself?

    September 22, 2009 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  4. Chris

    As Joe Wilson is a part of our government and participating in an offical 'paid' meeting, I don't really consider him a "heckler" as your headline suggests. We still don't know if the President was lying or not do we? Where's the impartial investigation by our news media?

    September 22, 2009 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  5. some guy in New Hampshire

    What do the reset of us do - the people who are sick of loutish, reactionary extremists posing as respectable conservatives, sick of the Pelosis, the teabggers, the death panel nuts, the run-from-Afghanistan-now-at-all-costs crowd? What about the people who inhabit the reasonable middle? Where is our party? Who represents us? Anyone who's not extreme is thought to be weak or uninformed or wishy-washy. Well, I'm not wishy-washy in being sickened by our slimy politics. If we're the greatest country on Earth, why do our political leaders so often act in a way that shames us? Speaqk up, people. Don't endorse any behavior just because it wears the label you do. Demand better from all sides - or we'll continue to slide down this greasy slope.

    September 22, 2009 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  6. fhf

    this is crazy why do people not want to accept a black president ,,,a lot of white people still have a thing with supremacy??its so wierd

    September 22, 2009 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  7. carol

    wilson should get kicked out of concress. this is about race and the republicans are behind this. i'm not black and i can see this. i don;t agree with obama but as president i would never disrepect him
    we the people voted him in . god help us all if we ever get a republican in office again. obama is at least trying . we the people need to take our freedom back

    September 22, 2009 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  8. sickofthelibs

    The headline on the front page that ties to this story...reads "Obama heckler takes in...." Why is it ok for this site to refer to Joe Wilson in a derogatory manner, yet Joe Wilson is chastised for speaking the truth?
    Also-ask yourselves this? Why were they so quick to reprimand Wilson, yet Charlie Rangel and his very questionable accounting practices go un-reprimanded?
    No answer for that huh?

    September 22, 2009 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  9. Matt

    Headline: Conservatives reward rude behavior. What else is new?

    September 22, 2009 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  10. cfrench

    Racism is alive and well in South Carolina, as if we didn't already know. The white supremacists are rising up and will spare no expense to get their party back in power. And no, these observations are not driven by Jimmy Carter's comment, or any other for that matter. I live in the Southeast, I see it every day, and I do mean every day.

    September 22, 2009 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  11. IndyVoter

    Look at the faces of all the people sitting around and in front of Mr. Wilson in the photo. Not ONE person looks shocked or even turned to look at him in agreement or anything. They KNEW he was going to do this....sickening.

    September 22, 2009 07:32 am at 7:32 am |

    Each time CNN publishes another news piece about the angry mob, Joe makes more cash.

    September 22, 2009 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  13. agbasher

    WOW, at least CNN didn't hide their blatant bias here, as the headline on's home page was "Obama heckler takes in $2MM".

    If, what Joe Wilson said is truth, then what he did is NOT heckling. I guess CNN is too biased to consider this.

    September 22, 2009 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  14. jaye

    I guess we can now assume that every republican wanting to raise money will shout out at President Obama every chance they get.
    I think Wilson is a disgusting pig – and he will not be reelected no matter how much money the right wing fringe throws at him.
    South Carolina has become a joke because of Sanford and Wilson...both are a disgrace to their state and to our country.

    September 22, 2009 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  15. LG

    Enough of the side show.... Please get back to the main event.

    Is there a health care plan out there that we can all live with?

    That's not outrageously expensive?
    That's fair to everyone?
    That ends the scandals of people being denied coverage for minor technicalities?
    That end the personal fund raisers that appear regularly on local news (Please give money so my child can get cured!).
    That's not riddles with special and expensive perks in order to get legislative support.

    September 22, 2009 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  16. Craig

    Sadly, I think this speaks volumes about Republicans. The Republican party is already bereft of credibility, moral authority, and any sense of ethics whatsoever. I guess the last thing they needed to get rid of was manners.

    September 22, 2009 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  17. Jack M. Lowe

    He's going to need it.

    September 22, 2009 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  18. James From Chicago

    Like Wilson all the idiots are donating, Hopefully the American people
    will open up their eyes and make sure this loose cannon does not get elected. He is another Rush L.

    September 22, 2009 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  19. jaye

    The teabaggers "taking their country back" from what???
    If they're not racist then what are they? Just listen to their words and their speeches and read their signs and you'll know for a fact that they're all racist.
    And as long as CNN covers their events they'll keep on keeping on...and get worse and worse with their racist rants.

    September 22, 2009 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  20. Robert in Connecticut

    2 million worth of contributions to support someone being rude and someone who was provably lying (the bill disallows illegal aliens from gaining services).

    Why is such a large portion of Republicanism bankrupt?

    September 22, 2009 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  21. Sam SixPack

    Distracting ourselves with Joe Wilson just prolongs the plan to pull the plug on Grandma. Obama's friends need that $500 billion being "wasted" on Medicare to buy important things like yachts. And we surely can’t have unemployed yacht workers.

    September 22, 2009 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  22. Walker

    It's a good waste of their money. A $1 to Joe Wilson is a $1 for stupidity!

    September 22, 2009 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  23. Norm

    Ask Wilson, as a former Army Lawyer, if he could yell at the judge and how often he did it..

    Respect is taught in kindergarten on up. If you yell in class you are punished not rewarded. In the case of Wilson, he never learned and neither did those giving campaign contributions to him.

    September 22, 2009 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  24. VS, Florida

    Just proves President Carter's point. Everyone who opposes Obama isn't a racist bigot, but considering the overall population, even a small minority is still a sizeable chunk.

    September 22, 2009 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  25. debra

    why is a candidate raising funds for re-election news worthy? Enough CNN...move on...

    September 22, 2009 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
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