Tallahassee Reports has learned that the law firm owned by former City of Tallahassee Mayor John Marks, Marks and Marks, LLC., has recently registered to lobby the City of Tallahassee.
The individual listed as the lobbyist on the city website is John R. Marks.
The Marks law firm is registered to represent Boodskapper LLC, a start-up technology company based in Dallas, Texas.
From their website:
“The public sector, including cities, states, government agencies and utilities have unique needs. Boodskapper’s Artificial Intelligence Service Agent (ASA™) can provide interactive customer response wherever and whenever it is needed.”
The registration comes amid an FBI probe which includes two subpoenas seeking emails and communications associated with companies and individuals during a period that overlaps the last two years of Mayor Marks’ final term as mayor.
The subpoenas asked for communications between a number of individuals and companies and any “officer of the Tallahassee City Commission” since April 2012.
Marks final term ended in late 2014.
Also, Mayor Marks served as the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Chair while he was Mayor after April 2012. During this period Marks voted with seven other CRA members to approve funding for the Edison restaurant.
Since that vote the Edison and one of the restaurant owners, Adam Corey, has become a focus of the ongoing FBI probe.