Steve King’s re-election campaign is just about broke. Organizations he could always count on to fund his Hate Parade have shut off the -bigot- spigot.
King’s top industry donors throughout his career, according to an analysis of Federal Election Commission records, were the American Bankers Association, the National Association of Homebuilders, 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 so far declined to do so in this cycle.
This is not necessarily good news for Democrats.
This time around King also has a formidable Republican primary opponent, state senator Randy Feenstra, who has already scored endorsements from influential Iowans such as evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaats. At the end of July, Feenstra’s campaign committee reported having $337,314.30 cash on hand, compared to King’s $18,000.
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 firms, have chipped in to Feenstra’s campaign this year instead.
While I’m certainly hoping that J.D. Scholten takes the seat, it’s beginning to look like this could finally be the end for Steve King. Hopefully he will be one of many examples of what happens to those who choose to be in league with Donald Trump. Our candidates need to drop the gloves and take on more than Trump. He needs to be made the culmination of 40 years of Republican failure.