WASHINGTON, D.C. | U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, locked in the toughest re-election fight of his political career, has obliterated his personal quarterly fundraising record.

The King campaign said it will report raising $850,000 for the three months ending June 30. The haul is nearly twice as much as the Republican's previous record of $446,476, set in the previous quarter ending March 30.

The campaign made the latest numbers available to the Journal in advance of the official release Wednesday morning.

The fundraising total also breaks all-time fundraising mark for an Iowa congressional candidate. The record was previously held by U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Waterloo, who raised $838,426 in 2006.

King said that 83 percent of his individual receipts have come from Iowans.

“What we see is there is deep, broad support across the district," King said in an interview with the Journal. "The greater the prospect it is of a Christie Vilsack going to congress, the more important our donors think it is not only make a contribution financially, but also in all the ways of volunteering."

King, who has represented western Iowa in Congress since 2003, is fighting off a well-financed and organized challenge from Vilsack, a former Iowa first lady, in the newly redrawn 4th district, which includes 39-counties in northwest and north-central Iowa.

Vilsack, a Democrat, has not released her fundraising figures for the quarter ending June 30 with the Federal Election Commission. Federal candidates from Iowa have until Sunday to file report their second quarter reports.

In the first quarter, Vilsack brought in nearly $400,000, raising her total for the election cycle to $1.54 million. As of the end of March, she reported having $905,426 in cash on hand.

Counting its most recent quarterly numbers, the King campaign says it has now has raised $2.12 million for the cycle. With less than four months to go before the election, King has $1.2 million in cash on hand.

Vilsack, wife of U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, has pushed King to higher fundraising totals than he amassed in five previous wins in Iowa's 5th District, which was eliminated when the state's number of congressional districts shrunk from five to four due to redistricting.

The Republican campaign argues he needs to raise record amounts of funds to fight off attack ads from the Vilsack campaign and political groups supporting her campaign, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's House Majority PAC, the Democratic Congressional Campaign and the Service Employees International Union.

The King campaign says the groups have reserved more than $3.2 million in TV ads in major media markets in the 4th District, which include Sioux City, Mason City and Des Moines.


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