DES MOINES, Iowa -- A super PAC supporting Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley has laid off 38 organizers in Iowa -- about three-quarters of its staff here -- according to a spokesman.

Generation Forward, a political action committee launched by longtime O’Malley aides and other boosters, maintains 13 people on the ground in the nation’s first nominating state, spokesman Ron Boehmer said Wednesday night.

Shortly after its launch, the group said that it planned to supplement the field efforts of the former Maryland governor in Iowa, a state where O’Malley is counting on a strong showing in next year’s caucuses to propel him in a race where he has struggled to gain traction against Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Boehmer said that the super PAC’s retreat was due in part to the staffing up in Iowa by O’Malley’s campaign itself -- which operates independently of the PAC -- and he said that he expects Generation Forward will scale back up later this fall after the Democratic debates begin.

O'Malley's campaign now has about 30 people on the ground in Iowa, according to a spokeswoman.

The super PAC posted an anemic fundraising figure for the second quarter of the year -- just $289,443, most of which was contributed by 11 donors. It’s unclear whether contributions have picked up since then.

Boehmer said “we have received a number of donations and commitments since July 1, and we are in talks with donors to fund the next phase of our campaign.”

He said the super PAC plans to air broadcast and digital ads to “further share the governor’s record and vision in Iowa.”