Sam Graves Committee Assignments

Campaign Committee Fundraising, 2017 - 2018

LAST REPORT: 12/31/2017





Cash on hand:




Top Contributors, 2017 - 2018

American Trucking Assns$10,000$0$10,000
Berkshire Hathaway$10,000$0$10,000
Honeywell International$10,000$0$10,000
National Air Traffic Controllers Assn$10,000$0$10,000
National Ready Mixed Concrete Assn$10,000$0$10,000

Top Industries, 2017 - 2018

Air Transport$50,000$1,000$49,000
Defense Aerospace$47,500$0$47,500
Transportation Unions$36,500$0$36,500
Building Materials & Equipment$36,500$500$36,000

Total Raised vs. Average Raised

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Source of Funds (Campaign Committee), 2017 - 2018

NOTE: All the numbers on this page are for the 2017 - 2018 election cycle and based on Federal Election Commission data released electronically on 03/13/18 for Fundraising totals, Source of Funds and Total Raised vs Average, and on 02/20/18 for Top Contributors and Industries.  ("Help! The numbers don't add up...")


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There is also a time lag in posting the information. While summary numbers are reported almost immediately by the FEC -- and listed quickly on OpenSecrets -- processing and analyzing the detailed records takes much longer. For that reason, summary numbers are usually higher (and more current) than the numbers based on detailed records.


The figures in these profiles are taken from databases uploaded by the FEC to the internet on the first day of every month. Those databases are only as current as the FEC has been able to compile by that date (see the note above about lag times for data entry).

The Center updates figures for "Total Raised and Spent" and for "PAC/Individual Split" a few days after the first of the month. The remaining figures - based on detailed contribution data - is updated by the Center after the 20th of every month. This gives us time to analyze the contributions and categorize them by industry and interest group.

The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations' PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals' immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.

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The organizations listed as "Top Contributors" reached this list for one of two reasons: either they gave through a political action committee sponsored by the organization, or individuals connected with the organization contributed directly to the candidate.

Under federal law, all contributions over $200 must be itemized and the donor's occupation and employer must be requested and disclosed, if provided. The Center uses that employer/occupation information to identify the donor's economic interest. We do this in two ways:

  • First, we apply a code to the contribution, identifying the industry. Totals for industries (and larger economic sectors) can be seen in each candidate and race profile, and in the Industry Profile section of the OpenSecrets website.
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Of course, it is impossible to know either the economic interest that made each individual contribution possible or the motivation for each individual giver. However, the patterns of contributions provide critical information for voters, researchers and others. That is why Congress mandated that candidates and political parties request employer information from contributors and publicly report it when the contributor provides it.

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Showing these clusters of contributions from people associated with particular organizations provides a valuable—and unique—way of understanding where a candidate is getting his or her financial support. Knowing those groups is also useful after the election, as issues come before Congress and the administration that may affect those organizations and their industries.


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Small Individual Contributions (< $200)$7,0590.99%
Large Individual Contributions$77,80010.86%
PAC Contributions$623,25087.03%
Candidate self-financing$00.00%

Fundraising Events


Sam Graves


Sam Graves

This article is about the U.S. Representative from Missouri. For the British admiral during the American Revolution, see Samuel Graves.

Samuel Bruce Graves Jr. (born November 7, 1963) is the U.S. Representative for Missouri's 6th congressional district, serving since 2001. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district includes the entire northern third of the state, from the Kansas border to the Illinois border. However, the bulk of its population lives in the northern suburbs of Kansas City.

Early life, education and career[edit]

Graves was born in Tarkio, Missouri, a small city in the northwestern corner of Missouri not far from the Iowa and Nebraska borders. A lifelong resident of Tarkio, [1], Sam is the son of Janice A. (née Hord) and Samuel Bruce Graves. He graduated from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture in Columbia, Missouri with a degree in Agronomy. He was a member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma fraternity, also known as AG-Sig.[2] s

Missouri Legislature[edit]

Graves was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1992. After only one term, he was elected to the Missouri Senate in 1994, and then reelected in 1998.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus Memberships[edit]

  • Congressional Cement Caucus

Political positions[edit]

Following the economic crisis of Wall Street in September 2008, Graves voted against the proposed bailout of United States financial system, claiming that it neither "punished the wrongdoers nor adequately protected the innocent taxpayers, investors and retirees” caught in the Wall Street banking crisis."[3] In January 2014, Graves introduced the TRICARE Family Improvement Act. The bill would allow dependents of military members to stay on their parents' TRICARE health plan after turning age 26. The bill would change current law, which requires those dependents to change to a separate health plan after turning 26.[4]

Todd Graves controversy[edit]

Graves is the brother of Todd Graves, former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.[5] In October 2008, U.S. SenatorKit Bond apologized to Todd Graves after a U.S. Justice Department report cited Bond forcing Graves out over a disagreement with Representative Graves.[5] Following the report, U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey appointed a special prosecutor to investigate whether former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and other officials involved in the firings of nine U.S. attorneys broke the law (dismissal of U.S. attorneys controversy).[6]

Ethics investigation[edit]

In 2009, the House Ethics Committee began inquiring whether or not Graves used his position on the Small Business Committee to invite Brooks Hurst, a longtime friend and a business partner of his wife, to testify at a committee hearing on the federal regulation of biodiesel and ethanol production. Graves had failed to mention the financial link between Hurst and Lesley Graves at the hearing, which dealt with federal subsidies for renewable fuels. A review by the independent Office of Congressional Ethics found "substantial reason to believe that an appearance of conflict of interest was created."[7] Graves said in a statement, "I look forward to a quick review of the facts and answering any questions that the committee may have. I believe that a speedy review will show that all the rules of the House concerning testimony in front of the Small Business Committee were followed."[8] The Office of Congressional Ethics referred the case to the House Ethics committee, which ended its own investigation in October, and released a report finding no ethical violations, as it asserted there was no standard in place for appearances like Hurst's.[9][10]

Political campaigns[edit]

In 2000, DemocraticU.S. RepresentativePat Danner suddenly retired due to breast cancer. Graves filed within the short period of time left for filing. Graves faced Representative Danner's son, Steve Danner, a former State Senator, in the general election. Graves referred to Danner as a "tax and spend liberal" and won the race with 51% of the vote [11] largely by running up huge margins in the rural areas of the district. He was arguably helped by George W. Bush carrying the district in the 2000 presidential election, a theory known as the coattail effect.


RepublicanSam Graves138,92550.85
DemocraticSteve Danner127,79246.78
LibertarianJimmy Dykes3,6961.35
Natural LawMarie Richey2,7881.02


RepublicanSam Graves131,15163.03
DemocraticCathy Rinehart73,20235.18
LibertarianErik Buck3,7351.79


RepublicanSam Graves196,51663.83
DemocraticCharles S. Broomfield106,98734.75
LibertarianErik Buck4,3521.41


RepublicanSam Graves150,88261.64
DemocraticSara Jo Shettles87,47735.73
LibertarianErik Buck4,7571.94
Progressive PartyShirley A. Yurkonis1,6790.69


See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Missouri, 2008 § District 6

Graves faced a tougher reelection race in 2008 against Democratic nominee and former Kansas City MayorKay Barnes. He gained national attention early in the race for running an ad accusing Barnes of promoting "San Francisco values." It was initially considered one of the hottest races in the country; however, Graves won reelection fairly handily, taking 59 percent of the vote to Barnes's 37 percent.

RepublicanSam Graves196,52659.43
DemocraticKay Barnes121,89436.86
LibertarianDave Browning12,2793.71


See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Missouri, 2010 § District 6

RepublicanSam Graves154,10369.44
DemocraticClint Hylton67,76230.54
Write-inKyle Yarber470.02


RepublicanSam Graves216,90665.00
DemocraticKyle Yarber108,50332.52
LibertarianRuss Monchil8,2792.48


RepublicanSam Graves124,61666.65
DemocraticBill Hedge55,15729.50
LibertarianRuss Monchil7,1973.85


RepublicanSam Graves238,38868.0
DemocraticDavid Blackwell98,58828.4
LibertarianRuss Monchil8,1232.3
GreenMike Diel4,2411.2


External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sam Graves.
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  3. ^"Graves, Boyda vote against $700B bailout in the U.S. House". The News-Press. September 30, 2008. Archived from the original on September 30, 2008. Retrieved 2007-05-17. 
  4. ^"Graves proposes changes to military family health coverage"Archived 2014-03-01 at the Wayback Machine.. Ripon Advance. 1/31/14. Retrieved 2/7/14.
  5. ^ ab"Kit Bond apologizes for staff's role in firing of federal prosecutor". The News Leader. September 30, 2008. Retrieved 2007-05-17. [dead link]
  6. ^"Prosecutor will investigate firings of nine U.S. Attorneys". The Miami Herald. September 29, 2008. Retrieved 2007-05-17. [dead link]
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  8. ^Margasak, Larry (September 16, 2009). "Ethics panel defers probe on Jesse Jackson Jr". Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-09-16. [dead link]
  9. ^Larry Margasak [2] Congressional ethics report leaked, reveals names LARRY MARGASAK, October 30, 2009 Associated Press
  10. ^"Campaign Legal Center blog: Fault Ethics Committee, Not OCE". 2009-11-20. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  11. ^"Missouri Secretary of State". Retrieved 2016-03-04. 

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