Former U. S. Attorney Todd Graves signed off on the Blunt Administration's plan to award lucrative license fee office contracts through a network of corporations, according to a post on the Fired Up Missouri website:
Fired Up! Missouri has learned that individuals familiar with the Blunt political operation and the genesis of the fee office scheme say Todd Graves --while serving as U.S. Attorney for Missouri's Western District-- reviewed and gave a thumbs-up on what was then the Blunt administration's proposed plan to construct a network of corporations in which fee offices would be held and management companies through which fee office revenue would be funneled.
Todd Graves' wife and other members of his family would later receive appointments from Matt Blunt to run a number of lucrative fee offices.
?The Blunt fee office scheme would later become the subject of an investigation by U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins, who was informed of his impending dismissal from the Eastern District of Arkansas in the midst of the investigation.