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Gwen Graham’s family is now her biggest financial backer

Her campaign for governor is very much a family affair, with her Washington Post-linked relatives pitching in hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Gwen Graham and her father, Bob Graham, in the first television ad of her campaign for governor.
Gwen Graham and her father, Bob Graham, in the first television ad of her campaign for governor.
Published Jul. 11, 2018
Updated Jul. 11, 2018

Gwen Graham's father is her biggest political asset, a popular former governor and senator with deep ties to power brokers in the state.

But last month he became her biggest financial asset, too, giving another $250,000 to her campaign and becoming her top donor.

It's just another sign that Graham's campaign for governor has become very much a family affair, with her parents campaigning around the state and her Washington Post-linked relatives pitching in hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Her father, Bob Graham, is touring the state this week giving interviews to newspapers and television stations, and in two weeks, the entire family will hit the road for a series of "grilling with the Grahams" events.

Her father is very much a source of pride and inspiration for Graham, and it shows, down to the roots of her campaign.

Her campaign logo mimics her father's, down to the font and color. She's duplicating his "work days," in which she works a full day in random jobs, like teaching and construction. And she's adopted his moderate, sensible reputation.

But he's not the only Graham pitching in. Her relatives in other states are also helping where it matters most in Florida politics: with money.

Although Graham doesn't mention it often, she's the niece of Katharine Graham, the famed former publisher of The Washington Post. (Meryl Streep played Katharine Graham in last year's critically-acclaimed movie, The Post.)

With her father, the Grahams make up her campaigns largest financial support network, about 7.5 percent of the $9.3 million she's raised so far. (Her campaign notes that it's not just her family – she has more donors overall than all of her Democratic opponents combined.)

Here's how much they've given:

Bob and Adele Graham (parents) – $506,000

Bob and Adele Graham are now Graham's top donors. (Bob Graham's brother was married to Katharine Graham.) The source of the family's money comes from the Graham Companies, which founded Miami Lakes and is still an active developer in South Florida.

Stephen Graham (cousin) – $165,000

Stephen Graham, the youngest son of Katharine Graham, is a philanthropist and literature professor at Bard College in New York.

William W. Graham (cousin) – $28,000

William W. Graham, the middle son of Katharine Graham, was a lawyer, investor and philanthropist in Los Angeles, where he was also a professor at UCLA. He died in December.

Katharine Weymouth (first cousin once removed) – $4,500

Katharine Weymouth, the granddaughter of Katharine Graham, was the last publisher of The Washington Post before Amazon founder Jeff Bezos bought the paper in 2013.

Stephen Hurm (husband) – $4,000

Hurm, Graham's husband since 2010, was a police officer-turned-lawyer who is general counsel for the Leon County Sheriff's Office. He's also director of the Policing Research & Policy Institute at Florida State University. He and Graham married in 2010.

Mark Logan (ex-husband) – $3,000

Logan isn't just Graham's ex-husband. He's also her campaign treasurer, resuming the job he had in her 2014 Congressional campaign. Logan, a Tallahassee lawyer and lobbyist who also worked on Bob Graham's 2003 presidential bid, was married to Graham from 1985 to 2005. They have three children together, who are all in their 20s.

Gwen Graham (herself) – $3,000

Graham's net worth is $14.4 million, according to her latest financial disclosure, with nearly all of it stock in the Graham Companies.