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 The World Trade Organization later declared the tariff illegal, and it was subsequently withdrawn.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
Independence Tube  $380,500
Nucor Corp  $370,196
US Steel  $182,827
Ellwood Group  $166,450
Renco Group  $144,386
Charlotte Pipe & Foundry  $120,057
ArcelorMittal  $89,110
Sebulsky Industries  $79,365
American Iron & Steel Institute  $75,000
AK Steel  $64,900
Qualico Steel  $56,500
Kenwal Steel  $51,700
Permian Enterprises  $39,100
Triple-S Steel Holdings  $38,900
Allegheny Technologies  $35,600
Worthington Industries  $33,550
Form G Tech  $30,400
Sandmeyer Steel  $30,100
Delong's Inc  $29,950
Superior Group  $26,700
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Contribution Trends, 1990-2014

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Top Lobbying Clients, 2014

Client/ParentTotal
ArcelorMittal $1,930,000
US Steel $1,800,000
AK Steel $739,752
American Iron & Steel Institute $729,905
Nucor Corp $560,000

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 $56,567
Tillis, Thom (R-NC) $37,100
McConnell, Mitch (R-KY)Senate $34,800
Cornyn, John (R-TX)Senate $33,500
Murphy, Tim (R-PA)House $32,700

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Data for the current election cycle were released by the Federal Election Commission on Monday, February 02, 2015

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