American Traffic Solutions — purveyor of red light cameras — has already paid $289K in lobbying fees in 2013

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American Traffic Solutions, Inc., the Tempe, Arizona-based red light camera and electronic toll enforcement company, has quite the lobbying presence in Florida.

Each quarter, lobbyists who are registered to represent clients before Florida’s legislature or executive branch must submit reports detailing their client roster and compensation ranges.  

During the first quarter of 2013, ATS spent as much as $109,992 on legislative representation and $59,996 on executive representation – totaling as much as $169,987.  During the second quarter of 2013, which ended in June, ATS spent as much as $89,993 on legislative representation and $29,997 on executive – totaling as much as $119,990.  Cumulatively, ATS has spent as much as $289,977 during the first half of 2013 on legislative and executive lobbyists.

No doubt ATS has  a lot to gain from these expenditures: already, ATS has red light cameras throughout the state, including in Apopka, across Miami and Broward, in Tampa, Orlando, Palm Springs,  West Palm, Lakeland, and dozens of other municipalities. They also operate toll enforcement along the Turnpike and on various airport and beach line expressways, bridges, and extensions.

To advance its goals this year, ATS has retained the Who’s Who of lobby firms: Ballard Partners, Capital City Consulting, Corcoran & Johnson, and Southern Strategy Group to name a few. Cynergy Consulting, led by Cynthia Henderson; Louis Betz; Becker & Poliakoff and Chris Floyd & Associates have also added to the ATS mission.

In total during 2013, Ballard Partners and Cynergy were each compensated up to $39,996 for their work on ATS’ behalf, and Capital City Consulting up to $59,996.

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