April 17, 2018 Press Release

Graham Campaign Uses Contributions to Support Indian Riverkeeper

Following through on her pledge not to accept money from the sugar industry in her campaign for governor, Democratic candidate Gwen Graham is donating $17,400 from an associated political committee to the Indian Riverkeeper.

“They gave to my campaign but didn’t stop me from sponsoring legislation to protect the Everglades or signing the Now or Neverglades Pledge. I’m happy to use their money to support environmentalists, just as I used my time in Congress to do the same.”

Graham is one of just two candidates in the race for governor to sign the Now or Neverglades Pledge to restore the river of grass and protect the Everglades. She has also laid out a full plan to protect Florida’s water by depoliticizing the state’s Water Management Districts and using Florida Forever funds to purchase land south of Lake Okeechobee.

“As governor, I will stand up to big sugar industry and any other industry harming Florida’s environment. I will use all means necessary to acquire land south of Lake Okeechobee to restore the river of grass — including through eminent domain if that’s what it takes,” Graham said.

“Gwen Graham is showing real leadership by using sugars’ own money to support Florida’s environment,” said Nathaniel Reed, Chairman Emeritus of 1,000 Friends of Florida. “As governor, she will continue her fight to restore the river of grass and protect the Everglades.”

Graham has spent Workdays with the Indian Riverkeeper learning more about why it is necessary to purchase land south of the lake.