October 16th, 2009
03:55 PM ET
13 years ago

Wilson spent heavily to capitalize on 'You Lie!'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/10/08/joe.wilson/art.joe.wilson.gi.jpg caption="Rep. Joe Wilson has raised $2.7 million so far this year, much of it as a result of his outburst."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rep. Joe Wilson's congressional campaign spent nearly a quarter of a million dollars on an aggressive marketing and fundraising operation in the days after the South Carolina Republican shouted "You Lie!" at President Obama in early September, financial disclosure reports reveal.

So far this year, Wilson has collected about $2.7 million in contributions, most of which came in after the infamous outburst on Sept. 9 turned the little-known congressman into a household name. After the shout, his 2010 campaign organization set out to capitalize on the outpouring of support he received from conservatives around the country.

On Sept. 14, Wilson's campaign doled out $52,250 to the Virginia-based digital communications firm Active Engagement for web design and online advertising. On Sept. 16, the campaign paid $42,400 to retain the David All Group - a Washington-based Republican new media firm - to help boost Wilson's profile on Twitter and other social networking sites.

Piryx, a firm that processes online donations, received $72,007 from the campaign in September. Wilson's team also spent nearly $30,000 to rent a mailing list from the Richard Norman Company, a conservative fundraising organization in northern Virginia.

All told, the Wilson campaign spent roughly $235,000 on services related to fundraising and communications strategy.

Campaign disclosures show that the campaign owes another $157,424 to the David All Group and $65,633 to the Richard Norman Group.

Rob Miller, Wilson's Democratic challenger in South Carolina's 2nd Congressional district, raised $1.7 million over the same period - but his campaign spent considerably less on fundraising and marketing efforts.

The Miller campaign's largest expenditure in September was a $36,919 payment to the liberal fundraising site ActBlue for credit card processing fees, followed by a $4,576 payment to Envision Communications in Washington.

It should be noted that federal financial disclosures don't always outline how consulting firms spend the money doled by political campaigns. A source close to the Wilson campaign said, for instance, that three quarters of the money spent on Web strategy was then re-directed to online advertising efforts.

Story updated at 6:00 p.m. EST

Filed under: Joe Wilson • Rob Miller • South Carolina
soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. BushBahenchod@workagain tocreate another trillion deficit

    I don't believe in casting EVERY thing with a racist bias but this one CLEARLY is a racial thing – ANYONE who is giving money to this guy is primarily on the basis on Race.

    I would even go further and say Mr. Wilson and his comments biased!!!

    October 16, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. southerncousin

    How much did his libitard opponent spend for the same thing old CNN one sided reporting coming through.

    October 16, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Gar

    Obama did kind of lie, but the reason that Republicans are raising so much money is that the Democrats aren't listening to us. We don't want a public option, we do want medical malpractice reform. We don't want any more deficit spending or entitlement programs. We want the government to cut spending, cut taxes and stimulated economic growth.....

    October 16, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. proudmemberofpartyofdumbasrocks

    Such is the going price for treason these days. And all the little traitors who see fit to denegrate America and contribute to this neo-moron make up the foul bouquet which surrounds this pathetic centerpiece.

    October 16, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. mark

    its a sad day when a rude, unethical, un-american politician spends over a quarter million dollars to capitalize on being the first in american history to breach protocal and respect for the united states of america.... only the republicans can be so un american..... hypocrates....it turns my stomach

    October 16, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. cjg

    So sad that poor behavior is rewarded, I have a problem with Wilson and glad he is not my congressman. i do not care what party you are , the ends does not justify the means!

    October 16, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    He won't be in office next year no matter how much money he raises. These idiot right wingers won't be happy until minorities start popping shots at them. And we've got more guns in the hood the the NRA has.

    October 16, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. an american first

    Ok seriously – Let me get this straight.

    – He screams "You Lie" to the POTUS during an address to the joint session of Congress.
    – He then apologizes to White House and the Presidnet for doing so.
    – He then notices a big boost he received from this in terms of fundraising.
    – He then "agreesive(ly) markets" his "You Lie" comment to raise more money.
    – He then receives more money.

    So my question is, 1. "Is he still sorry that he screamed at the POTUS during his address?" and 2. "Why is he not being called out on this?"

    October 16, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. Liberal in Nebraska

    Wouldn't give a nickel to this loser.

    October 16, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. victim of republican greed

    Joe "The Liar" Wilson sure knows how to rip off the right wingnuts in his own party. It is important that we keep this moron in the news, as he does his national party more harm than good.

    October 16, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. Larry

    Doesn't surprise me a bit that the racist bigots of this country have no problem supporting other racist bigots

    Especially ones that have no respect for other people and yell at others instead of having intelligent conversations

    Doesn't surprise me at all ...

    October 16, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    So was the whole thing pre plannde, with the marketing machine set up and ready togo???

    October 16, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. Fair_is_Fair

    What a disingenuous Retardican PIG. He planned the disrespect the whole time to capitalize on conservatives' bigotry towards a rightfully Elected President.......as opposed to a presidency handed to by the supreme court. Republican leadership are given ordinary Republicans a bad name. There are only a few that are respected for being civil, respectful and sane. Examples: Olympia Snowe, Lindsey Graham. These Republican are true Republicans that do not incite hate and civil discourse. I actually respect them even if I disagree with some of their philosophy.

    October 16, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. Sea.gem

    So he is fundraising...your problem is?

    October 16, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. victim of republican greed

    For the right wingnuts, this shows there is no recession.

    October 16, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. LacrosseDad

    the amazing part is, that every day that goes by he is proven right each day-OBAMA lies..t.y. Joe

    October 16, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. Karl in Charleston,SC

    WOW! CNN uncovers a politician engageing in politics!
    Hard hitting news reporting at it's finest.

    October 16, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. Idiot

    This guy is a complete idiot and just shows the immaturity and lack of common sense in the Republican party. Democrats had the respect to never do the same to Bush and he is a world class moron!

    October 16, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  19. ss

    Dis you notice that when Joe yelled his remark that the men on either side of him and in front of him had no change in expression? Wonder why? Maybe SNL got it right?

    October 16, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  20. howie

    I an convinced that you lie comment was of the cuff coment and that he was frustrated. He has since apologized to Obama and Obama has accepted the apology. It is time to move on. I am a supporter of Mr Wilson and wish him the best, in fact I will do my best to get him reelected.

    October 16, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. Emmanuel Goldstein

    Okay. How much did his opponent spend on the same activity?

    October 16, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. victim of republican greed

    What is scary about Joe The Liar is what he will do the next time to top this and get some negative publicity. Maybe he will shoot up congess.

    October 16, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  23. Emmanuel Goldstein


    As for your guns in da hood, you can keep da hood.

    Just try coming into flyover country, looking for food. Your posse is gonna stand out some.

    October 16, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. victim of republican greed

    As long as wingnuts refuse to accept that Joe the Liar lied, he will continue his childlike behavior.

    October 16, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. New Age Independent


    Wow, such amazing insight you have into his simple statement. Your attempt at a parallel at the previous Presidential election is ridiculous. In fact with such a display of your own bigotry, you can't even respect yourself!

    October 16, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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