The steel industry, once a behemoth of American business, has experienced a dramatic decline in power and influence during the past few decades. Historically, the industry has been slow to innovate technologically, and it's faced stiff competition from cheap imports as a result.

The industry, however, still retains some clout. During the first part of the 2000s, the industry strongly pushed -- with some success -- trade policies that were decried by critics as protectionist, including a tariff on imports. The World Trade Organization later declared the tariff illegal, and it was subsequently withdrawn. [Read more Background]

Top Contributors, 2015-2016

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ContributorAmount
Nucor Corp $304,279
US Steel $92,790
AK Steel $90,483
Ellwood Group $74,800
Kenwal Steel $68,500
Worthington Industries $66,690
ArcelorMittal USA $65,230
Super Steel $58,750
Independence Tube $53,400
American Iron & Steel Institute $52,970
Cooper Steel $38,800
Mill Steel Co $38,125
Triple-S Steel Holdings $35,650
Allegheny Technologies $35,500
Qualico Steel $34,900
TimkenSteel $30,650
Gerdau Inc $27,000
Steel Dynamics Inc $26,814
San Antonio Steel $23,335
New Hampshire Steel $22,300

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Contribution Trends, 1990-2016

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Top Lobbying Clients, 2016

Client/ParentTotal
Nucor Corp $470,000
ArcelorMittal $410,000
US Steel $310,000
American Iron & Steel Institute $238,850
AK Steel $226,347

Lobbying Totals, 1998-2015

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Party Split, 1990-2016

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Top Recipients, 2015-2016

CandidateOfficeAmount
Cruz, Ted (R-TX)Senate $84,087
Portman, Rob (R-OH)Senate $50,450
Gray, Jim (D-KY) $37,800
Palmer, Gary (R-AL)House $31,200
Murphy, Tim (R-PA)House $30,000

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Data for the current election cycle were released by the Federal Election Commission on Monday, May 16, 2016

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