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Posted on September 2, 2015
Being a stones throw away from the state capital does not seem to have an impact on state lobbying expenses for the City of Tallahassee.
Tallahassee Reports, prompted by the revelation that the City of Tallahassee is seeking an additional $40,000 for lobbying contracts in this years budget, gathered information from other local governments about their state lobbying expenditures.
Currently, Tallahassee spends $90,000 on federal level lobbying and $130,000 on state level lobbying, for a total of $220,000 on lobbying.
This report addresses state lobbying expenditures.
The numbers, listed in the table below, shows the City of Tallahassee currently pays over twice as much for state lobbying services than comparable governments which include the City of Lakeland, the City of Gainesville, and Leon County.
This table does not take into account the proposed $40,000 increase in lobbying expenses for next year.
Current State Lobbying Expense
Number of State Lobbyists
|City of Tallahassee|
|City of Lakeland|
|City of Gainesville|
The City of Tallahassee pays $130,000 per year while Lakeland spends $56,580, Gainesville spends $60,000 and the City of Tallahassee’s sister government, Leon County, spends $50,000.
A representative of the City of Lakeland told TR that a number of officials, including the City Manager and the General Manager of the electric utility, were all involved with lobbying issues in the Florida Legislature.
The information also reveals that the City of Tallahassee, with 6 registered legislative lobbyists, has 4 more lobbyists than the City of Lakeland and the City of Gainesville, and 2 more than Leon County.
The registered lobbyists for the City of Tallahassee are Ronald Book, Rana Brown, Kelly Mallette, William Peebles, Sean Pittman, and John Smith.
Another interesting finding is the City of Tallahassee spends $40,000 with William Peebles and John Smith on lobbying services for the electric utility, while the City of Gainesville spends a total of $60,000 with William Peebles and John Smith for both electric utility and general government issues.
The City of Tallahassee would save $70,000 under the City of Gainesville’s arrangement.