Companies and business groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ramped up their spending on lobbying during the third quarter, as they sought to contain the damage from President Donald Trump's trade war.

Trump's moves to impose tariffs on imports of steel, aluminum, and Chinese goods, along with his effort to reshape the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), were key drivers behind efforts to influence American trade policy, according to lobbying disclosures filed with Congress by Monday's deadline.

There were more than 390 reports during the third quarter that included “tariff” as a specific lobbying issue, more than double the almost-140 reports citing tariffs in the same period last year, records show.

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