For someone who is supposedly sorry about yelling "You lie!" at the president, Joe Wilson certainly cashed in on it.
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.
That's an awful lot of money for a five-term Repub in an R+9 district.
Remarkably, it seems that Wilson is spending money like a challenger, not an incumbent. Rob Miller hasn't spent nearly as much on fundraising and marketing as Wilson has lately. Usually, you'd expect a challenger to spend a ton on such efforts to introduce himself to voters.