By the Numbers: Lobbyists Bring in Cash

By the Numbers: Lobbyists Bring in Cash

TALLAHASSEE — Lobbying the Legislature is big business. During the first three months of the year, companies, local governments and other clients paid an estimated $37.4 million to lobbying firms for legislative work, according to state numbers.

Lobbying firms are required to file quarterly reports that offer a picture of how much they get paid. The numbers aren’t exact because firms largely report their income in ranges, though specific information is available about payments of $50,000 or more.

Firms faced a deadline this month to file reports about their compensation from January through March, a period that included most of the first half of the annual legislative session. Here are the firms that pulled in the most money for legislative lobbying during the quarter and a list of large payments from clients:

FIRMS REPORTING COMPENSATION OF $1 MILLION OR MORE:

— Ballard Partners

— Capital City Consulting LLC

— GrayRobinson PA

— Greenberg Traurig PA

— Ronald L. Book PA

— Rubin, Turnbull & Associates

— Southern Strategy Group

FIRMS REPORTING COMPENSATION OF $500,000 TO $999,999:

— Becker & Poliakoff PA

— Corcoran & Johnston

— Floridian Partners LLC

— Johnson & Blanton

— Metz Husband & Daughton PA

— Smith Bryan & Myers Inc.

— The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners LLC

— The Mayernick Group LLC

FIRMS REPORTING COMPENSATION OF $250,000 TO $499,999:

— Anfield Consulting

— Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

— Colodny Fass

— Dean Mead

— Gunster Yoakley & Stewart PA

— Heffley & Associates

— Holland & Knight LLP

— Hopping Green & Sams PA

— Larry J. Overton & Associates Inc.

— McGuireWoods Consulting LLC

— Peebles, Smith & Matthews, Inc.

— Pittman Law Group PL

— PooleMcKinley

— Ramba Consulting Group LLC

— RutledgeEcenia PA

— The Fiorentino Group

— The Legis Group

PAYMENTS OF $50,000 OR MORE TO LOBBYING FIRMS:

— Amscot Financial, Inc.: $51,000 paid to Metz Husband & Daughton PA.

— AshBritt: $135,000 paid to Ronald L. Book PA.

— Auto Tag Management Group: $89,000 paid to Ronald L. Book PA.

— Automated Healthcare Solutions: $50,000 paid to Ballard Partners.

— Charter Schools USA: $65,000 paid to Tripp Scott PA.

— Citizens for Responsible Pet Ownership: $75,000 paid to Ronald L. Book PA.

— FCCI Insurance Group: $50,000 paid to Leath Consulting.

— Florida Municipal Broadband Alliance: $60,000 paid to Peebles, Smith & Matthews, Inc.

— Fontainebleau Florida Hotel, LLC: $63,000 paid to Corcoran & Johnston.

— HCA Healthcare: $56,000 paid to Rubin, Turnbull & Associates.

— K.A.S. & Associates, Inc.: $200,000 paid to Ronald L. Book PA.

— Miami Project/Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis: $55,000 paid to Ronald L. Book PA.

— MorseLife: $50,000 paid to Floridian Partners LLC.

— Performance Title Services: $130,000 paid to Ronald L. Book PA.

— Polaris: $60,000 paid to Southern Strategy Group.

— Seminole Tribe of Florida: $55,000 paid to Greenberg Traurig PA.

— Shands Teaching Hospital and Clinics, Inc.: $84,000 paid to Ballard Partners.

— Small County Coalition: $165,000 paid to Robert P. Jones & Associates.

— State Farm Florida Insurance Co: $50,000 paid to Tripp Scott PA.

— Sunfest Herbs LLC: $50,000 paid to Ballard Partners.

— The SEED Foundation, Inc.: $61,000 paid to Ronald L. Book PA.

— The Vestcor Companies, Inc.: $69,000 paid to Southern Strategy Group.

— Title Clerk Consulting Company, LLC: $160,000 paid to Ronald L. Book PA.

— U.S. Stem Cell, Inc.: $90,000 paid to Rubin, Turnbull & Associates.

SOURCE: Florida lobbyist registration and compensation website.

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5 Responses to "By the Numbers: Lobbyists Bring in Cash"

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    Dave   May 30, 2019 at 8:33 am

    It would be nice if you just gave us the True Numbers for each such as, “This Company paid this Firm $_________ and in return received $_______________”. Example: Title Clerk Consulting, LLC paid Ronald L. Book PA $160,000 and received $________________ in return.

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    Kiddo   May 30, 2019 at 10:38 am

    I’ve never been a fan of the “report by range” approach. The exact numbers are known and should be the amount reported. It’s up to the user(s) of the data to group/compare numbers if needed. And some exact numbers can be indicators. A donation of $50,000 looks benign in a report. A donation of $50,864 catches one’s eye.

    Exact reporting should be required of all lobbyist, legislators, etc.

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    Snidely Whiplash   May 30, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Is The Pittman Law Group PL still “in the game”?
    Or were they just sucking taxpayer money out of “bestest friend” with “benifits” Andrew Gillum’s willing teat while Gillum still had local influence enough to direct his teats to his “bestest friends” with “benifits”.

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