Update: Since the time of this original posting, the money raised has gone up, for both Rep. Wilson and his opponent.
In September of 2009 Rep. Joe Wilson yelled “You Lie!” at President Obama during his address to Congress on health care. The outburst transformed the politician from a virtual political nobody into a name that will be remembered for a long time.
And that’s not all… Only days after the outburst he has raised over $200,000 in campaign contributions. Source: CNN.
Less than a day after Rep. Joe Wilson formally apologized to President Obama over his “you lie” outburst, a campaign aide confirms that the South Carolina Republican has raised “more than $200,000” after the now-infamous moment.
Let’s leave the politics out of this discussion, and instead focus on the attention. It’s obvious that his outburst and his fundraising efforts are directly related.
It should also be noted that the Democrat that will most likely run against him in the next election has also raised money.
The point? Attention, once again, works to generate revenue.