Sam Graves Will be Chairman of the House Small Business Committee

Dec. 17, 2010 -- Rep. Sam Graves has been designated by Republican leadership to lead the House Committee on Small Business, according to an article in the New York Times. Graves, who represents the 6th District of Missouri, is currently serving as the Small Business Committee's ranking minority member.

The following are the top ten contributors to Graves's campaign by interest group:

Interest Contributions
Agricultural Services/Products $64,900
Air Transport $63,999
Automotive $47,500
Crop Production & Basic Processing      $47,000
Insurance $43,150
Banks and Credit $38,900
Public Sector Unions $33,500
Railroads $33,000
Lawyers/Law Firms $32,788
Telephone Utilities $31,400

Rep. Graves will replace the Small Business Committee's chairperson for the 111th Congress, New York Democrat Nydia Velazquez. The following are the top ten contributors to Velazquez's campaign by interest group:

Interest Contributions
Banks and Credit $65,600
Securities & Investment $50,900
Health Professionals $45,300
Lawyers/Law Firms $41,515
Accountants $25,500
Special Trade Contractors         $25,500
Insurance $22,500
Real Estate $21,150
General Labor Unions $20,000
Misc Finance $19,150

Contributions above are for the last two years of available data, Oct 14, 2008 - Oct 13, 2010. Contributions from political parties and from other candidates are not included in the "Top 10" lists. Contributions data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics (OpenSecrets.org).

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