AT&T will no longer donate to Rep. Steve King

AT&T will no longer donate to Rep. Steve King

AT&T’s employee PAC announced Friday it will no longer make future contributions to Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingTop conservatives pen letter to Trump with concerns on fourth coronavirus relief bill Castro forms PAC, boosts five House candidates Man sentenced for throwing glass of water at Steve King MORE (R-Iowa) as the eight-term congressman faces intense scrutiny over his support for white nationalist politicians and groups. 

“In addition to our prior statement, we want to let you know that the AT&T employees who manage the disbursements of our employee PAC have now had the opportunity to review the controversy regarding Rep. Steve King, and have determined that the PAC will not make future... ...contributions to him.  The committee concluded that further support of Rep. King would not be consistent with one of our core values …‘Stand for Equality,’” the communications company tweeted Friday.

King has been on the receiving end of an avalanche of criticism over his endorsement of a white nationalist candidate in Canada and his ties to the far-right Austria Freedom Party, which has historical ties to the Nazi party. 

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King’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

Rep. Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversHouse passes bill to allow VA to fund service dogs for veterans with PTSD Koch campaign touts bipartisan group behind ag labor immigration bill Waters clashes with Trump officials over 'disastrous' housing plans MORE (R-Ohio), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, blasted King’s comments and actions, tweeting, “Congressman Steve King’s recent comments, actions, and retweets are completely inappropriate. We must stand up against white supremacy and hate in all forms, and I strongly condemn this behavior.” 

A number of companies, including tech giant Intel Corp. and dairy company Land O'Lakes, announced in recent days that they will no longer contribute to King's campaign.

The controversy appears to be having an impact on his once safe reelection campaign, with a poll released Tuesday showing him ahead of his Democratic opponent by just 1 point. The Cook Political Report also shifted the race from “Likely Republican” to “Lean Republican” in a district President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor NBA to contribute 1 million surgical masks to NY essential workers Private equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report MORE won by 27 points in 2016.

King’s opponent, Democrat J.D. Scholten, also enjoyed a fundraising spike this week after anger with King boiled over. 

AT&T’s announcement comes after a statement Wednesday saying it would meet and discuss any future contributions to King following the 2018 midterm election cycle.