October 16th, 2009
08:39 AM ET
11 years ago

'You lie' equals $4.4 million cash haul

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/14/art.youlie.gi.jpg caption="Wilson's infamous comment has resulted in $4.4 million of campaign cash."](CNN) - How much are the words "You Lie" worth when directed at President Barack Obama on national television?

Well over $4 million collectively, newly filed campaign finance reports show.

According to the new Federal Elections Commission disclosure forms, South Carolina Republican Joe Wilson raised $2.7 through September 30 of this year, nearly all of it coming after the infamous outburst during Obama's September 9 prime-time address to Congress, Wilson's campaign told CNN.

Rob Miller, Wilson's likely Democratic opponent in next year's congressional election, has collected close to $1.7 million through September 30, 95 percent of which came after the "You Lie" incident, according to Miller's campaign. Wilson beat Miller by eight points in last year's election.

The combined $4.4 million cash haul has transformed what was once a low profile congressional race into what appears will be the most expensive campaign for a House seat in South Carolina history.

- CNN's Peter Hamby, Robert Yoon, and Alexander Mooney contributed to this report

Filed under: Joe Wilson • Rob Miller
soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. Jim

    it's a shame poor behaviour results in a cash windfall.

    October 16, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. Bob in Pa

    Guess it pays to tell the truth.

    October 16, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. Erasmus

    The issue is not money. The issue is that somehow there are people in this country who gave 2.7 million dollars to a candidate, not because he is intelligent or has skills that would enable him to help people in his district or further the interest of the United States, but rather because he represents the right of every ignorant American to close their ears and minds while screaming self serving drivel. This sad individual should not be in public office where important things are being decided. He is better suited for a Floyd's barber shop setting where he can stir up the passions of other ignorant people who mistake opinions for facts or maybe a bar where he can arm wrestle with people and then fight them out in the parking lot.

    October 16, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. cal

    This is the dumbest article I read this week. How in the hell can the federal elections committee even print something that is sooooooo stupid is beyond me. This is giving polarization to that idiot racist wilson by saying his outburst and disgrace to the american people has benefited him. What a bunch of clowns

    October 16, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. Did vote Obama and Never Again !!

    Will donate to Joe Wilson to help him pass the 5 million mark.

    October 16, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. AEK

    Yep, totally a spontaneous outburst!

    October 16, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. hockeybear

    Joe Wilson is a traitor to America and deserves to be censored. He also deserves to lose his seat.

    October 16, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    There is always the distinct probability that You Lie Wilson is probably lying about his cash haul, and its' origins. He is after all a LIAR.

    October 16, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. Too True For You

    Well, what a condemnation of our society that a disrespectful outburst by an ignorant demagogue is rewarded so richly. It is truly sad that these mental midgets rally around such mendacious behavior. Weren't these the same people so quick to label ANY opposition to Bush as "unpatriotic" and "un-American"? Yet here they are, cheering on the mendacious behavior of this idiot. Hypocrites.

    I suppose if Wilson had thrown a shoe at Obama, physically threatened him or committed any other such felony stupidity he might have raised even more dirty dollars from the tin foil hat party.

    October 16, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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