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State lobbyists earned more than $36 million during Q! to lobby Legislature

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Registered legislative lobbyists reported total median earnings of $36.4 million for the first three months of this year.

The first-quarter results were posted by LobbyTools Legislative IQ on Monday.

Once again, the top 5 earners come as no surprise: Ballard Partners, $2.4 million; Southern Strategy Group, $2.3 million; Ron Book, $2 million; Capital City Consulting, $1.5 million; and Greenberg Traurig, $1 million.

Though state law requires lobbying firms to report revenue, it only requires them to do so in general ranges, not in precise amounts.

The rest of the Top 10 are The Rubin Group, $972,000; Corcoran & Johnston, $896,000; Metz Husband & Daughton, $875,000; Johnson & Blanton, $855,000; and GrayRobinson, $808,000.

The top 5 principals in payments are: FCCI Insurance Group, $298,000; AT&T, $250,000; State Farm, $245,000; U.S. Sugar, $233,000; and HCA Healthcare, $182,000.

Lobbying interests were required to file reports by Sunday night on their compensation for 2016’s first quarter, covering January, February and March.

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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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