As he prepares for a difficult re-election cycle, Steve King's campaign is tied to money. Individual contributions to the Iowa Republican continue to be received, but support from corporate donors and King's own colleagues has disappeared entirely.
This year, King did not receive any input from a political action committee associated with a sitting member of Congress. Corporate SCCs and interest groups also rejected it completely. In the first six months of the year, King received only two contributions from third-party political entities: $ 2,000 in donations from PACs related to two former members of Congress, Lamar Smith (R-TX) and the infamous Todd Akin (R-MO).
This is a remarkable, though not entirely unpredictable, abandonment of a sitting member of Congress. Although always controversial and far to the right of most of his colleagues, King burned virtually all the bridges in the party this year with foreign commentary on white supremacy and abortion.
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King tackles this lack of resources as it faces many immediate threats to its governance. His 2018 Democratic opponent, former baseball professional JD Scholten, lost by less than three points last year and made another run for the seat. This time around King also has a formidable Republican major opponent, state Sen. Randy Feenstra, who has already received endorsement from influential Iranians such as evangelical leader Bob Vander Plates. At the end of July, Feenstra's campaign committee announced that it had $ 337,314.30 cash, compared to King's $ 18,000.
Things have not always been so financially awful for King. Throughout his time in the House, he has received over $ 3 million from political groups affiliated with private companies, trade associations, members of Congress, and ideological advocacy groups. This support peaked during the 2012 cycle, when such groups donated nearly $ 700,000 to their re-election campaign.
The King's best donors throughout his career, according to an analysis of the records of the Federal Election Commission, were the American Bankers Association, the National Association of Home Builders Association, AT&T, Crystal Sugars, and the Rain and Hail Insurance Company. They all last donated to King during the 2018 election cycle, but so far refuse to do so in that cycle.
In fact, some are even funding its main challenger. At least six industry PACs that have donated to King in the past, including those associated with giant UPSs and trade associations representing construction and agricultural companies, have joined Feenstra's campaign this year.
The contribution of the bodies of the Republican Party also has completely evaporated. King never relied too heavily on such donations – he usually received about $ 5,000 a cycle from the GOP commissions, with most, about $ 32,000, coming through the cycle in 2010. However, he appears to be fighting for re-election in next year without financial support from his party, which raises record amounts this year.
Far from supporting the re-election of the King, the best Republicans are pushing him to resign. Teacher Liz Cheney, the House's fourth-ranked Republican representative, repeated the calls last week after King made other comments opposing abortions of rape victims.
One of the two PAC participants this year came from former resident Todd Akin, who lost his seat in Congress after making scandalous remarks about abortions in such cases. His group Takin Back America donated for King's campaign in February, just weeks after King condemned criticism of white supremacy.
"White nationalist, white supreme, Western civilization," King says in an interview with New York Times . "How did this language become offensive?" In fact, they are roughly on par with previous cycles. The congressman's financial problems are due to a decline in corporate and political contributions.