The Humane Society of the US recently committed the bulk of its campaign fund to unseating Iowa Representative Steve King, sources inside the organization say. While the Humane Society represents the financial commitment as a challenge to a politicians who supports animal cruelty, Representative King claims they are targeting him for his commitment to Iowa farmers.
The Humane Society of the US is a controversial group in agricultural circles that has been involved in a number of undercover documentaries about the livestock industry (documentaries that opponents claim are merely a tool to undermine American agriculture) and has been at the center of grassroots petition efforts to reform conditions on livestock farms.
Their recent foray into Iowa politics represents a massive investment. The Humane Society Legislative Fund has committed nearly all of its $500,000 operating budget to unseating King. The ads currently running are focused on King’s opposition to bills banning dog fighting. The president of the HS Legislative Fund recently called King “the self-appointed leader to oppose animal welfare laws in the House of Representatives.”
The King campaign alleges that the efforts by the Humane Society are part of their supposed opposition to the agricultural industry. “The Humane Society and their legislative fund has a clear agenda of passing more burdensome government regulations down to America’s farmers and Congressman King has been particularly effective in working to get government out of the way and allow the Iowa ag industry to produce,” a King campaign spokesperson said.
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer