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 The World Trade Organization later declared the tariff illegal, and it was subsequently withdrawn.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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Worthington Industries $578,462
Nucor Corp $401,328
US Steel $126,854
AK Steel $121,685
ArcelorMittal USA $92,774
Ellwood Group $82,900
Kenwal Steel $69,500
American Iron & Steel Institute $64,970
Independence Tube $55,908
Qualico Steel $54,900
Cooper Steel $44,300
Allegheny Technologies $42,375
TimkenSteel $40,875
Mill Steel Co $39,825
Triple-S Steel Holdings $38,250
Pelco Structural $37,300
Steel Dynamics Inc $33,331
Gerdau Inc $30,010
Super Steel $28,470
Charlotte Pipe $24,834

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Contribution Trends, 1990-2016


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Top Lobbying Clients, 2016

Nucor Corp $940,000
ArcelorMittal $750,000
US Steel $540,000
AK Steel $435,231
American Iron & Steel Institute $431,000

Lobbying Totals, 1998-2015


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Party Split, 1990-2016


Top Recipients, 2015-2016

Cruz, Ted (R-TX)Senate $95,226
Portman, Rob (R-OH)Senate $70,650
Gray, Jim (D-KY) $43,700
Ryan, Paul (R-WI)House $37,645
Clinton, Hillary (D) $37,328

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Data for the current election cycle were released by the Federal Election Commission on Monday, August 22, 2016

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