Preparing for a difficult re-election cycle, Deputy Steve King's election campaign is in short supply. Individual donations to the Iowa Republicans have continued to flow, but support from corporate donors and King's own colleagues has completely disappeared.
King has not received a single post this year from a political action committee affiliated with a seated member of Congress. Corporate PACs and stakeholders have completely avoided him. In the first six months of the year, King received only two contributions from third-party political entities: $ 2,000 in PAC donations made with two former members of the Congress, Lamar Smith (R-TX) and the notorious Todd Akin (R-MO) Connection stood.
It is a remarkable, though not entirely unpredictable, task of a seated member of Congress. Although he has always been controversial and farther to the right than most of his colleagues, King has burned down virtually all of his bridges in the party this year, with offbeat comments on white supremacy and abortion.
But while these comments made King a pariah The party refused to resign because Republican leaders of the House of Representatives had relieved him of his committees. Now facing the toughest campaign since his first election in 2002, he does so with a potentially catastrophic shortage of resources. The $ 1
King has to contend with this lack of resources, as he is exposed to immediate threats of his term. His 2018 Democratic opponent, former professional baseball player J. D. Scholten, lost less than three points last year and is once again battling for places. This time, King also has an outstanding Republican main challenger, Senator Randy Feenstra, who has already been supported by influential Iowans like evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaats. At the end of July, Feenstra's election committee had $ 337,314.30 at its disposal, compared to $ 18,000 at King.
It was not always that bad for King financially. During his time in the House of Representatives, he has received more than $ 3 million from political groups affiliated with private companies, trade associations, members of Congress, and ideological interest groups. This support peaked during the 2012 cycle, as such groups donated nearly $ 700,000 for its re-election campaign.
According to an analysis of the Federal Election Commission's papers, the American Bankers Association, the National's principal backers in its career association of home builders, AT & T, Crystal Sugars and the Rain and Hail Insurance Society. All of them last donated to King during the 2018 election cycle, but have refused to do so this cycle.
In fact, some even finance his primary challenger. At least six industry PACs that have donated to King in the past, including those affiliated with shipping giant UPS and trade associations representing construction and agricultural companies, have instead completely evaporated in this year's campaign affiliated with Feenstra. King has never relied too much on such donations – he generally received about $ 5,000 per cycle from GOP committees, with most coming in at around $ 32,000 during the 2010 cycle. But it looks like he will fight for reelection next year without financial support from his party, bringing in record sums this year. Rep. Liz Cheney, the fourth-ranked Republican representative, reiterated these calls last week after King made offbeat remarks against the abortion of rape victims lost his seat in Congress after making his infamous remarks on abortion in such cases. His group, Takin Back America, donated to King's campaign in February, just weeks after King denounced criticism of white supremacy.
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Correction : This piece originally stated that individual donations to King had dropped significantly. In fact, they are roughly at the level of previous cycles. The Congressman's financial difficulties stem from a decline in corporate and political donations.