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 The World Trade Organization later declared the tariff illegal, and it was subsequently withdrawn.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 $376,548
US Steel $112,579
AK Steel $105,760
Ellwood Group $82,900
ArcelorMittal USA $82,180
Worthington Industries $73,563
Kenwal Steel $68,500
American Iron & Steel Institute $63,970
Super Steel $58,750
Independence Tube $58,408
Qualico Steel $54,900
Cooper Steel $38,900
Allegheny Technologies $37,375
Triple-S Steel Holdings $35,650
TimkenSteel $34,875
Mill Steel Co $34,825
Pelco Structural $31,900
Steel Dynamics Inc $30,581
Gerdau Inc $29,010
Charlotte Pipe $24,834

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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 $94,726
Portman, Rob (R-OH)Senate $61,650
Gray, Jim (D-KY) $37,800
Clinton, Hillary (D) $35,539
Ryan, Paul (R-WI)House $32,645

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Data for the current election cycle were released by the Federal Election Commission on Thursday, July 21, 2016

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