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. Robert Olds

    Joe said what most American's are thinking. Glad he said "You Lie" for all American's.

    September 22, 2009 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  2. Marty, FL

    This further exemplifies why my former Republican Party should not be in positions of governing. Their affiliations actually condone this type of disgraceful & uncivilized behavior from Rep. Wilson. Unbelievable.

    It just becomes another negative reflection on the GOP these days with their promotion of unruly outbursts at town halls, deather dishonesty, hypocritical teabagging, and paranoid birther conspiracies. How sad.

    September 22, 2009 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  3. eddie123

    Good for Joe Wilson, showing Obama that the peolpe trust and like Joe. The F 16's left Wisconsin the early am for Iraq and Afghan. and this makes Obama and his campaign words a poor joke on the american people. Obama was on TV last night and not in Wisconsin to explain why to the service persons and to the families why the sending more over seas to war. Congress should change their resolution against Joe Wilson and apologize on national public TV. As for out bursts Obama has done the same on TV and not been censured. It looks like two different rules and congress expects the americans to respect them or trust them????

    September 22, 2009 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  4. John thompson

    Why haven't you ID'd the Congressman who was texting all during President Obama's address to the joint session of Congress and the Nation? Was he a Democrat and therefore immune to public ridicule?

    September 22, 2009 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  5. Sam SixPack

    The president says the tax increase – clearly defined as a tax increase – in the new healthcare legislation is not a tax increase.

    YOU LIE.

    September 22, 2009 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  6. Beau

    Just more proof that the party of "family values" ..... is a completely phoney bunch of malcontents ...... represented directly and indirectly by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity.

    The GOP, especially during and after the Bush-Cheney experiment, is mostly a political party of selfish, arrogant, rude, belligerant extremists.

    There is no room for middle ground for them .... ever.

    They have no respect (or civility) for anyone who is not their own ...... or any idea that is not their own.

    Their vision for America, as they fondly look back at the last century, is a Republic form of government ...... not a Democracy.

    The have the right name, don't they? ............ Republicans.

    September 22, 2009 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  7. Vickie

    This is so's all about the money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 22, 2009 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  8. bluesky

    Yee haw ... you go get 'em, paranoid conservatives.

    Seriously ... I would be embarrassed if I were Wilson. His support base is likely the same people who are stocking up on guns right now.

    September 22, 2009 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  9. J. Williams

    He wouldn't be the first politician to raise money based on acting like a you-know-what. And anyone dumb enough to think that wasn't the idea in the first place needs to stop and read some news articles sometime.

    September 22, 2009 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  10. Justin Seine

    A guy who represents a state with one of the worst health care systems in the country should be the last one rallying against reform and for insurance companies and pharmaceuticals!!!!

    I can easily guess where the $2 million is directly or indirectly coming from!

    Hooray for his financiers and to Hell with his constituents!

    Just another PSP – Pocket Stuffing Politician...

    September 22, 2009 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  11. larry from Texas

    The "Party-of-no-ideas" Republicans will support anything to discredit the President. The right-wing does more harm to our Nation than terrorists could ever plan & execute – but they all wear little flags on their lapels...

    September 22, 2009 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  12. Mark Nigeria

    Does say a lot about the S. Carolinians, doesn't it. They've a history of supporting kooks. I guess, every great place in the world has its eye-sore and SC is ours.

    September 22, 2009 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  13. Heath

    Nothing better that rewarding someone for being rude. Whether you agree with the address or not, at least have enough class to sit and listen. But then again, the Republican party is the party of morals, right?

    September 22, 2009 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  14. geo

    He speaks the truth!
    We need more like him.

    September 22, 2009 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  15. Steve

    Geez, imagine how much money Ol' Joe could of made if he just walked down and punched Obama's lights out!

    September 22, 2009 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  16. Vietnam Combat Veteran, Ohio

    Big deal! He is still a GOP racist and an idiot to boot! He will still be a loser!

    September 22, 2009 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  17. DJ

    Good to see that the Republican (Republican't?) party is still a class act. Excellent example for the youth of America, assuming they cared about anyone whose umbilical cord is no longer attached.

    September 22, 2009 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  18. Roger

    This just goes to show you that republicans reward those who are disrespectful, rude, & nasty. I will bet you that most of the money came from the christian right, who pretend to be holier than thou & are very self righteous & judgemental of others.....Wilson is setting a poor example for his family & the people of SC, but he is getting paid well for & look at the publicity.

    September 22, 2009 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  19. Lee

    Isn't it funny how a racist who shows his disrespect to the President of the United States can easily feast off of the evils of this country? Sad. I hope his kids show him the same disrespect.

    September 22, 2009 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  20. Dave

    I contributed, the day following the vote. One dollar for each of the 247 hyprocrits who voted in favor!

    September 22, 2009 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  21. Jan

    What does Obama and the Fringe media have in common?

    They both are liars.

    September 22, 2009 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  22. Scott

    The fact that this guy raised ANY money after what he did shows exactly what is wrong with politics in America (I'm a Republican) and voters. We really need to reform campaign finance laws and force politicians to run on the issues and the media to display the issues; PACs and lobbyists are helping polarize this country and it just provides the media with more content, regardless of how stupid.

    Don't think for a second other politicians or wannabes aren't paying close attention to how much his stunt, real or contrived, is paying off-be prepared to see more of the same.

    If Wilson is truly sorry, a grand gesture would be to either return or donate that money-for his campaign to profit from poor behavior sends a bad message to children, and it would also set the standard for any other politician who is contemplating such a ploy.

    September 22, 2009 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  23. mike

    He deserves it, Obama was lying. If you blatenly lie before the house, you shold be called on it. Obama is supposed to be workijng for the people of the US, not personally involved in his own adjenda. He is no longer a communitiy organizer. He is a president of the US, or is supposed to be. We are seeing all the corruptionin his whitehouse and people connected to the whitehouse.

    Do your job, I would say do what you promissed to do while you were runing for election, but we see you have allready blown those promises. You cannot be trusted to do the right thing. Obama is a noe-way president, and that way is not the american way.

    September 22, 2009 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The Senator has been lying ever since the "You Lie" incident. He's made several false claims. Among them the "fact" that he was a real estate lawyer: he lied. And that he helped a prominent gov't official's daughter obtain a job in the South Carolina legislature: he lied about that too. I can only conclude that this habitual liar is also lying about how much money he's raised also.

    September 22, 2009 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  25. Socrates

    So those called conservatives are rewarding bad manners, classless behavior, immaturity, and rudeness..? It doesn't surprise me to leanr that self righteous always will think that they are right. Even if I would be a republican, I would be embarrased because of this IMMATURE politician.. I wouldn't give him a penny. If I would be at one of his political gatherings.. I would be more than honored throwing my shoes at him.. even though that is not a civilized and mature behavior.
    I saw the expression on his face.. Thius guy is an "opinionated" and controlling individual. I wonder how he treats his wife and children. Well.. just another hypocrite who will not be re-elected.

    September 22, 2009 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
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