Via Politico, Joe Wilson’s campaign is reporting that he has now raised $1,005,021 since his “YOU LIE!” outburst during President Obama’s speech to Congress this past week. As reported yesterday, Wilson began his own fundraising effort via YouTube to counter the groundswell of financial support for Democrat Rob Miller.
A source on Rep. Joe Wilson’s campaign says his fundraising has broken $1 million — and surpassed that of his Democratic rival, Rob Miller — since his outburst of “You lie!” during President Obama’s address to Congress Wednesday.
The source said Wilson’s current tally is $1,005,021 from 18,859 donations amid a high-profile campaign on the Drudge Report and elsewhere telling conservatives that Wilson is “under attack” for his willingness to take on Obama.
Miller is is now in a dead heat with Wilson according the Huffington Post:
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) finds himself electorally vulnerable in the wake of his “You lie!” outburst during President Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress, according to the latest numbers from Public Policy Polling.
Rep. Wilson (R-S.C.) trails challenger Rob Miller 44 to 43 percent in the poll. Wilson defeated Miller 54-46 in the 2008 election.
62% of voters in his district say they disapprove of Wilson’s actions while just 29% think they were okay. Overall, 49% of voters say that Wednesday’s incident made them less likely to vote for Wilson in the future, while 35% said it made them more likely to do so.
I’ve searched for confirmation of Wilson’s haul this week but all of the claims seem to be coming directly from the Wilson campaign itself without independent verification. This is clearly going to prompt a few claims like this:
While this is certainly a distraction from the debate over health care reform, it does suggest that it’s time for Democrats to step up and help Rob Miller out just a bit more.
Here’s the link. Do the right thing.
I’m just sayin’…