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. HOLLY

    You can't believe a word that comes out of Republican Joe Wilson's mouth....for that matter any Republican. The two million they're talking about is only "play money". Ha.

    September 22, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Deb

    The Ratpublicans always buy their seat in office!

    September 22, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Angie in PA

    So you have Idiots on the right who support a member of congress disrespecting the President and the Chambers? Unbeliveable what do they teach their Children? This is totally not the party of Lincon or Reagan they would be ashamed!

    September 22, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. ran

    Hate is alive and well and pays also. Too sad.

    September 22, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. Jeff in Houston

    As I have said many times, America gets the government it deserves. I just have to wonder what level of mental illness and in-breeding warranted his district to end up with him. Creepy.

    September 22, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Joe Wilson and Gov. Sanford is part of the reason why tourism is down in S.C. I can never support soemone who thinks the confederate flag should be flown in the state capitol. And people think his remarks had nothing do about race? Give me a break.

    September 22, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. geecee

    Wilson's opponent Rob Miller is getting a lot of donations, too. Because you dislike Obama, it doesn't mean he lies, and everyone will believe whatever you teabaggers say. You all lie too. Bush lied and 4,300 soldiers died.

    September 22, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. Joanne

    What a disgrace to allow this to happen and not kick him out!

    September 22, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. Clint

    Hey Joe, show us the receipts. Its not just that you have no integrity so we want to see proof of your claim, we want to see the names of people who condone your style of politics. Also, please disclose how many canes you received from well wishers in the South.

    September 22, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. WMassey

    The problem is that most Republicans wouldn't know the truth if it smacked them in the face. When they hear the truth, they call it a lie. Many of those people would send money to Satan himself if he said something negative about President Obama.

    September 22, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. Jessie

    That says more about the people who support him than it does about him. I know it isn't a large number of people supporting him, but its disturbing if even 10 people do.

    September 22, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. stan

    The gop cant win anything anymore,because they cant get minority voters,the hispanics are quitting the gop in record numbers,because the word on the political scene is the gop wants to try in pass a law that would prohibit citizens who was not born in this country from voting for the president of the united states,the gop has just ended their chances of winning anything because the gop has let these right-wing people and fox news take control of their party

    September 22, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. LoLo

    No one lies more than the GOP.

    September 22, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. Craig of LA

    We see again the hypocrisy of the purported party of 'Family Values'. Here are the true Repulican party values in play; disrespect, demogoguery, incivility, lies, rascism, intimidation and thuggery. The country has left you behind and good riddance. If you think independents and moderates are going to embrace your lunatic fringe rhetoric and shameful behavior on full public display, think again.

    September 22, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. Mississippi Mike

    Pay Wilson now or millions of bureaucrats later. Pick your poision.

    September 22, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. mark

    obama promised no increase in taxes on the middle class, with the proposed cap and trade and healthcare legislation, he will be breaking yet another campaign promise. obama lies!

    September 22, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. Patrish

    Something are not done on the floor when the president is speaking. No matter what Wilson thought personally he was out of line. When you say 'you' lie' you are attacking one's characters, when you say 'that's not true' you are debating the issues. that's a point many people got an didn't like. Don't worry there plenty of us willing to donate to Miller's campaign.

    September 22, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. Brian

    $2M is nothing these days, certainly not an indication that "most people agree with Wilson".

    There is a time & a place for vigorous debate, but not during a presidential address to a joint session of Congress. The man was blatantly out of line, showed no respect for his office, the Congress of which he is a part, or the president. I am embarrassed for the good people of S Carolina

    September 22, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. Aisha

    Joe Wilson should be in a position to raised that much money, he is the incumbent. Rob Miller would never have raised that much money, if it were not for Joe Wilson. I would not relate that to everyone agreeing with Joe.

    September 22, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. Chuck

    The new politics......rudeness begets money. Republicans are desperate and will do anything. Where is the America that I know? I want my America back, where respect and deorum was the way to conduct ourselves.

    September 22, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. lucinOH

    Well, if anyone would know about lies, it would be the GOP.

    September 22, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. Brian

    So many people, so eager to disrespect the Presidency of the United States. What has this country come to?

    September 22, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. blech

    I'm sure Joe is proud of himself.

    September 22, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. LATINOS GOP

    OBAMA is just what he is a Big LIE!!!!!! America WAKE UP!!!

    September 22, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  25. Kenneth

    Respectable news organizations around the world have confirmed that President Obama in fact did not lie. Illegal aliens will NOT be covered under the new health plans being proposed. Just because the emergency rooms and hospital rooms in hospitals around the country have many aliens in them right now, does not mean Obama lied. It also does not mean that Obama's policies allowed illegals in the country to start with. Who DID allow so many illegals in the country should be the REAL question...
    SO, if in fact Obama did not lie, then what is the real reason behind these funds being raised? Would CNN even bother to do a "reality check" on that question? The right is always whining about the liberal media this and liberal media that. Truth be known, the media is protecting the radical conservatives and giving them free air campaign time by covering their drivel everyday. No wonder Obama felt it necessary to go on a media blitz. He's just trying to keep up!

    September 22, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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