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 The World Trade Organization later declared the tariff illegal, and it was subsequently withdrawn.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 $578,578
Nucor Corp $459,836
TimkenSteel $247,875
Independence Tube $155,608
Cooper Steel $146,300
US Steel $135,725
AK Steel $120,754
Ellwood Group $100,850
ArcelorMittal USA $93,603
American Iron & Steel Institute $74,970
Kenwal Steel $70,500
Olympic Steel $64,292
Qualico Steel $54,900
Mill Steel Co $53,740
Pelco Structural $44,700
Allegheny Technologies $42,875
Triple-S Steel Holdings $36,550
Steel Dynamics Inc $36,181
Gerdau Inc $29,510
Super Steel $28,470

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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 $84,854
Portman, Rob (R-OH)Senate $71,650
Trump, Donald (R) $68,300
Gray, Jim (D-KY) $43,700
Clinton, Hillary (D) $41,444

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

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