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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 King (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. 

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

Rep. Steve Stivers (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 Trump 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.

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