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. Ren from Baltimore

    What else have we come to expect from South Carolinians? Mayhem, theft, racism, "heckling as discourse." All in the name of ... what? Bringing the whole country down to this type of behavior?

    Citizens of South Carolina, are you really satisfied with this? Really?

    September 22, 2009 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  2. Clint

    Joe can use that money to pay down his personal debt which is well over 1 million. Those big Insurance companies came through for old Joe, just like they said they would.

    September 22, 2009 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  3. Chris

    What a joke. This guy makes a fool of himself and his party and he gets $2million to show for it. Whatever it is, racism or plain stupidity, the Republicans are a scary bunch...

    September 22, 2009 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  4. AdamW

    Sorry, Joe...actually YOU LIED. Disrespectful, hypocritical GOP.

    September 22, 2009 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  5. Ken

    That's because everyone knows President Acorn is indeed a liar! Dem's and Lib's just don't like the facts......

    September 22, 2009 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  6. homefry

    Joe Wilson is a national hero! Wilson in '12!!!

    September 22, 2009 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  7. Gus The Willie

    Only in America does it pay to be a racist in denial.

    September 22, 2009 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  8. howie

    Joe, I have not sent my contribution yet, where do I send it?

    September 22, 2009 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  9. BrianMEMPHIS

    So now CNN calls Rep Wilson a heckler.

    Very disappointing.

    September 22, 2009 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  10. AXH

    GO JOE! Stand up for what's right and correct!
    I'm behind you 100%!
    Put my money to good use!

    September 22, 2009 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  11. Gary - NJ

    Such behavior should not be reward by another term. Indys, Dems and Repubs should give to Rob Miller's campaign to maintain legislative professionalism in this our cherished branch.

    September 22, 2009 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  12. dave

    Sigh...the world is full of idiots.

    September 22, 2009 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  13. Watching from NC

    I guess the right wingnuts must be doing pretty well in this economy if they have extra cash to send to their new patron saint.

    September 22, 2009 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  14. Michael

    Being rude and an idiot certainly does pay off in the end. And they say racism is dead.

    September 22, 2009 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  15. fellow from chicago

    And the Lord said, "speak the truth and you'll be rewarded" (2 million $'s fold). See Joe, God is on our side. How about them apples Libs?

    September 22, 2009 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  16. Ryan

    It's a sad state of affairs when someone can act in such outlandish, childish way and be rewarded for it. Just goes to show how archaic and uneducated many people in this country are.

    September 22, 2009 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  17. carlos, that one

    CNN....enough of that jerk wilson, please!!!!!!.........and the jerks who contribute are a bunch of low lifes....

    September 22, 2009 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  18. Erika

    When you are one of the good ol' boys you can never do any wrong. What a shame.

    September 22, 2009 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  19. Retired US Army Officer-Kansas

    Collecting funds for being disrepectful to the President in the Halls on Congress, no to memtion loud, ill mannored and ignorant. What have we come to.

    September 22, 2009 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  20. Alex

    Why does any of this surprise anyone? Half of our country is in disagreement with the Obama Administration just like it was with the Bush Administration. He promised change and has created termoil. The "love fest" is over and people are speaking out more than ever to the Left's extremism. Get used to it and it has ZERO to do with the man's race. Many of us flatly disagree with his "Social Order" ideas.

    September 22, 2009 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  21. lo

    I'm glad Mr. Wilson did this, I only wish more of our appointed folks would stand up to this President and so him for what he is.

    September 22, 2009 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  22. mr.g

    I am sorry that Mr. Wilson is from S.C. once again we are the laughing stock of the free world,and to thimk I took a class field trip to see Mr. Wilson at work.His fight for reelection is going to be a tight one. I just donated $200.00 to his opponent and hope others will do the same

    September 22, 2009 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  23. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is amazing how much you can do with your name in the news. I just hope that come November 2010 he can look for something new to do because I wouldn't want someone who can't control himself in office. Who knows what else he might do or ask for if he can't control himself. If he had said it after the joint session or during the Republican response, that would have been fine.

    September 22, 2009 08:33 am at 8:33 am |

    I am sorry that the country I live in rewards this type of inappropriate behavior.

    I am assuming since he is rude. That he will be honest enough to quit taking government, and vet benefits for himself, and his family.

    That he will do everything he can to provide health care for the many poor people who listen to this garbage, and believe the government would hurt them more then the insurance companies.

    Joe Wilson needs to be clear that the opinion he so rudely expressed is his, not a reflection of any lobbiest money he might be taken.

    There is also the issue I believe to be real.....South Carolina is not a state that elects representatives the reflect all of South Carolina, or even a Christian point of view.

    September 22, 2009 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  25. Kevin in Ohio

    Go Joe. Thanks for calling this President out. He has YET to explain how illegals won't receive benfits under his plan. Because he can't.

    September 22, 2009 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
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