Fearing Boycotts, Donors Cut Ties With Radical White Supremacist Steve King
Two major companies decided to cut financial ties with Iowa Rep. Steve King this week, after the Republican congressman continued his habit of supporting racists by endorsing Toronto’s openly white supremacist candidate for mayor.
Dairy giant Land O'Lakes and chipmaking giant Intel both announced they will cease making financial contributions to King.
Popular Information’s Judd Legum reported on Sunday that after re-evaluating King’s public statements, Intel decided to pull its financial support.
> [I]n an internal October 25 email obtained by Popular Information, Intel's Director of Policy and External Partnerships, Dawn Jones, said that Intel was ending its financial support. After reviewing King's public statements, Jones wrote, the company determined they "conflict with Intel values" and "we are no longer donating to his campaigns."
> We had engaged with Rep. King because of his support for IP theft protections, which is important to Intel’s business. However, an Intel employee raised concerns about the donations earlier this month. We looked into the congressman’s public statements and determined that they conflict with Intel values. As a result, we are no longer donating to his campaigns.
Land O'Lakes’ announcement came Tuesday, according to Bloomberg News:
> “The Land O’Lakes Inc. PAC has traditionally contributed to lawmakers of both parties that represent the communities where our members and employees live and work and are also on committees that oversee policies that directly impact our farmer owners,” the company said in a statement. “We take our civic responsibility seriously, want our contributions to be a positive force for good and also seek to ensure that recipients of our contributions uphold our company’s values. On that basis, we have determined that our PAC will no longer support Rep. King moving forward.”
King has faced numerous accusations of racism over the years, notably after he tweeted that "we can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies,” regarding U.S. immigration.
More recently, King defended his association with the Nazi-linked Austria’s Freedom Party, which he claimed is merely a far-right group.
> He made the comments about Austria’s Freedom Party, a group founded by a former Nazi SS officer and whose current leader was active in neo-Nazi circles, according to the paper.
> “If they were in America pushing the platform that they push, they would be Republicans,” King, who is known for his inflammatory statements about immigration, told the [Washington] Post.
The Iowa Republican also touted his support for a far-right, openly white supremacist candidate for mayor of Toronto, praising her for being what he termed “Pro Western Civilization.”
Bloomberg noted that Faith Goldy’s white supremacist ties run deep:
> The Iowa Republican also recently tweeted his endorsement of Faith Goldy to be the next mayor of Toronto. Goldy has been tied to white supremacists and was interviewed by the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer. In 2017 she attended the white supremacist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, during which a counterprotester was run down and killed.