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 decade, the industry strongly pushed for -- and received -- 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 The World Trade Organization later declared the tariff illegal, and it was subsequently withdrawn.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, 2013-2014

ContributorAmount
Nucor Corp   $189,000
Renco Group  $134,800
Ellwood Group  $111,350
Charlotte Pipe & Foundry  $78,400
US Steel  $70,472
ArcelorMittal USA  $40,400
United Steel Structures  $38,200
American Iron & Steel Institute  $34,000
AK Steel  $33,250
Triple-S Steel Holdings  $25,200
Superior Steel & Supply  $25,000
Sebulsky Industries  $20,400
Stupp Brothers  $18,850
Worthington Industries  $18,300
Delong's Inc  $17,950
Allegheny Technologies  $17,500
Alro Steel  $16,000
San Antonio Steel  $15,300
Heidtman Steel  $15,250
Charlotte Pipe  $15,000
Structural Steel  $15,000
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Contribution Trends, 1990-2014

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Lobbying Totals, 1998-2014

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Party Split, 1990-2014

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Top Recipients, 2013-2014

CandidateOfficeAmount
Boehner, John (R-OH)House $39,917
Reed, Tom (R-NY)House $22,900
Cornyn, John (R-TX)Senate $21,000
Walberg, Tim (R-MI)House $19,550
Kelly, Mike (R-PA)House $19,400

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Average Contributions to Members of Congress, 1990-2014 About this chart

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Data for the current election cycle were released by the Federal Election Commission on Monday, March 10, 2014

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