A wealthy family is a good thing, especially if you are David Silvers in HD 89

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When falling behind in the polls, Democratic candidate David Silvers would no doubt agree it is good to have relatives handy. Especially wealthy relatives.

As final reports show, Republican state Rep. Bill Hager clearly outperformed Silvers, his Democratic opponent, in fundraising for the Palm Beach County House District 89 race.

From Oct. 18-30, the two-term incumbent added $29,625, for a total of $316,905. That is is nearly 2.5 times that of Silvers, who took in only $18,475 at the end for an overall $136,137, according to the latest figures from the state Division of Elections.

That is where family comes to the rescue. David’s mother, Laurie Silvers, is co-founder of the Sci-Fi Channel, Hollywood Media and a number of media subsidiaries. She has also been very generous as of late, as George Bennett of the Palm Beach Post reportswriting that Silvers gave a total of $606,500 to the Florida Democratic Party since Aug. 22.

That doesn’t count her son’s campaign. From Oct. 11- 30, David Silvers reported another $125,000 in loans, for a total of $150K in the past year. Of that, $85K came after Oct. 18.

Silvers’ loans, described as originating from the candidate himself, are considerably more than the assets he listed on his June 2014 candidate financial disclosure forms. Silvers reports just over $90 in a personal savings account, $35K in a 401(k), $5,200 in a checking account and a “Sports/Firearms collection” worth $32,000.

Of course, it could be that Silvers had a very profitable summer — or an excellent yard sale. Then again, he also has a family with enormous checkbooks, ready to spend on a campaign. And it is always good to have a rich family around, particularly when running for office.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.