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Déjà vu all over again in lobbyist compensation reports

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The latest lobbyist compensation reports may have readers think they’re seeing in triple vision.

For the third quarter, the Top 5 earners in registered legislative lobbying, in order, were Ballard PartnersRon BookSouthern Strategy GroupCapital City Consulting, and Greenberg Traurig.

Look familiar? That’s because that was the same Top 5 for the second quarter, though in a slightly different order.

And it’s the same Top 5 for the first quarter. The results were posted by LobbyTools Legislative IQ on Tuesday.

That’s because those firms are always “embroiled in the biggest legislative fights of the session and they always deliver for their clients,” said Nick Iarossi, Capital City Consulting’s co-founder.

All told, legislative lobbyists reported total median earnings of $31.7 million during the third quarter of 2016 (July-September). State law requires lobbying firms to report revenue, but it only requires them to do so in general ranges, not in precise amounts.

Specifically, Ballard Partners reported $2,262,000; Book $1,505,000; Southern Strategy Group $1,495,000; Capital City Consulting $1,435,000, and Greenberg Traurig $1,030,000.

The rest of the Q3 Top 10 were Corcoran & Johnston ($892,000), The Rubin Group ($826,000), Johnson & Blanton ($790,000), GrayRobinson ($781,000), and Metz Husband & Daughton ($615,000).

The Top 5 principals in terms of payments are: AT&T, $255,000; United States Sugar Corp., $213,000; HCA Healthcare, $156,000; Automated Healthcare Solutions, $155,000; and Florida Crystals, $140,000.

Registered principals reported paying their lobbyists a median of $30,405,000 during the same third quarter. That’s down from $36,415,000 in the first quarter, when session ran early this year.

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Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.

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