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. Leo

    Disrespecting the office of the president is the new thing to do.......

    September 22, 2009 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  2. sharon

    I am sure the SC rep wilson will be very careing and help ALL the people that are hurting in his state. RIght? Maybe he will help those that have lost their homes. Maybe he will help those that are elderly and need their medication and food. Right? Maybe he will single handly open up a buisness and employee all those that have lost their jobs. Right? Maybe he will help with their HEALTH know those that have life threatning needs that are not being met......because they do not have hisn MILLIONS. Right?

    The answer to all the above? NO.

    He will want to keep all that money to himself.

    Selfish. Right? YES.

    But that is the Rep way.

    September 22, 2009 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  3. No Incumbents 2010

    Wilson is already known in his district since he is a career politician in Congress since 2001. Thus, his money means nothing. People already know him, they don't like him and their votes cannot be bought. Wilson has disgraced himself and his state with his embarrassing racist outburst.

    September 22, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  4. 2010 is almost here

    I contributed $100 to Rep. Wilson. I'm proud we have someone that wasn't afraid to say what's right.

    September 22, 2009 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  5. tiff of lithia springs

    Oh my goodness let me open up my wallet from Mr. MILLER. The people who support Joe Wilson should be ashamed of themselves.

    September 22, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  6. sharon

    oh..............could the good ole' boy, wilson tell his tea party people that the statement ,"they are aready to take back their country" realy incorrect........this is Turtle Island. This is Native American country.
    tea party? what boat did they come over on? I am sure it is ready to load and go back home.All aboard....................
    Please.....leave ........before any more of this once wonderful/clean/abundant land is destroyed.
    Please leave.........all occupiers aboard............

    September 22, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  7. bill

    To know that people have sent this jerk 2 million dollars is really a sign of the sad, sad state of affairs of this country.

    To show that people approve of his lack of civility and poor judgement shows the partisan bickering and split going on in this country assuring that we will never again show the world leadership that we as a nation used to hold in this troubled world.

    Instead of working together to pull this country out of the mess that we are in, the two parties and the split of our population's ideology will assure the downfall of our once great nation.

    September 22, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  8. Lisa in western PA

    What a sad commentary on our society. That an immature outburst, fed by racism, ideology, and hatred, can bring out the worst in us - including our money - speaks volumes about our values. Joe Wilson would do well to remember that we were all immigrants once.

    September 22, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  9. Dan

    I wish South Carolina would secede. What exactly do they produce besides tobacco and racists? Better off without them.

    Joe Wilson is nothing more than a bag of wind. He should go and actually read the health bill before spewing lies.

    September 22, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  10. Tony in Maine

    Ad sales reps in SC are drooling.

    Joe Wilson could come out of this election a multi-millionaire. Campaign funds aside, as long as he wins, conservative lobbyists will be stuffing hundred dollar bills down the front of his boxers.

    September 22, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  11. Enough

    "You Lie"........finally a man who speaks the truth! Just goes to show Democrats can't handle the truth. Where was all this uproar when Bush was in office and he was shouted down by Democrats? Obama is a proven liar by his own words...........the ones where he matter of fact states he is for Universal health care.........and today he insists he is NOT. Hung by HIS own words. Obama has made way too many speeches and now they are coming back to HAUNT him.

    September 22, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  12. Kashmir Shahzad

    i love how they try to portray the two things to make them seem as if they have a connection. which they dont.

    September 22, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  13. Jason Prater

    Great. You are blatantly disrespectful of the President in a very public speech and your reward for your stupidity is a ton of disgruntled Americans who now pay attention to you as their "voice". Gotta love the "angry mob" component of democracy who best voice is shouting rather than constructive debate about the issues. Soundbites and political noise is helping speed this country to new levels in instability.

    September 22, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  14. David

    OK...who cares? Enough covering this guy and the quick money he made being a jerk. Just goes to show Americans have the money to throw away on things they want to throw it away to. They hardly dont ever want to spend money on anything important.

    September 22, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  15. I guess THE PEOPLE........

    agree with Joe.

    September 22, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  16. Lola

    It is really sad when the American people who are sending this money to him, because he was a loud mouth and inconsiderate man, can say they are good Americans. It just goes and shows the rest of the world that we aren't any better than the countries we are trying to help. Pretty sad I think. Some people just have no morals or a conscience.

    September 22, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  17. obummer, 1 and done

    Not an obummer fan but do not like a congressman showing such disrespect for the president, even obummer.

    Does go to show the stength of the movement against his overspending policies hurting this country. (no you can no onger place all your blame on Bush, especially since things went south when the dimocrats took control of congress).

    September 22, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  18. Ernesto

    South Carolina best be checking their water supply for causes for weird Republican behavior. Next!

    September 22, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  19. suhail

    THIS IS america i hope and he makes another million,looking at the snap where he calls out u lie what surprises me there is is no reaction from both the gentlemen sitting on his sides,where they already expecting it or where they simply very embarrassed god knows.In my personnel opinion mr wilson knows how 2 cash in

    September 22, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  20. Margaret

    I wonder how long it will take the major parties to realize they are losing supporters on both sides?

    Instead they are contributing directly to campaigns like this one.

    September 22, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  21. Donkey Party

    Good barometer. It tells us that there's at least 2 million dollars worth of complete idiots out there.

    September 22, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  22. Anonymous

    I think it is a shame that some would be so rude and disrepectful of the president's postion at this time if you can respect the man at least repect the office if you had the office what would be your position

    September 22, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  23. New Yorker

    Amazing how two truthful words can bring in two million dollars.

    September 22, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  24. Mississippi Miss

    Joe Wilson should not be glorified for being un-civil to the President of the United States of America. Sadly, most of us are cheering for him though, because we do not have even an ounce of respect for this man. We gave him the benefit of the doubt time and again. He seemed to be a kind, intelligent and honest family man, devoted to the causes that would help America and the world.

    When reality set in, we couldn't take back our votes, but we could start a movement of peaceful dissention and renew our oaths of allegiance to our 'One nation under God'. 2010 will see the 'change we can believe in', swept away with a tidal wave of opposition to this administration's policies.

    September 22, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  25. Kip Barkley

    This has turned out to be the congressman's best political advertisement. His supporters in SC and elsewhere are really getting behind him because he is the only person in congress who will tell the truth.

    September 22, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
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