GrayRobinson’s second-quarter lobbying fee haul stretches into seven figures

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Could Tallahassee’s most lucrative lobbying shop be based in Orlando? It’s possible after looking at GrayRobinson’s second quarter lobbying compensation report.

The firm, which includes Fred Leonhardt, Chris Carmody, Tim Cerio, Robert Stuart, and Jason Unger, landed in the “over $1,000,000” range for total compensation billed during the latest cvcle, which spanned April to June 2013.

That’s impressive considering that as late as May 2007 the firm had yet to hit the $1 million per quarter mark.

This quarter, the firm’s largest legislative lobbying contract was with the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, which paid as much as $49,999 for representation.  Three clients compensated GrayRobinson up to $39,999: Jetro RR Inc, Millennium Laboratories, and the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. 

Another nine legislative lobbying clients ring in between $20,000 and $29,000, including Darden Restaurants, the Florida Podiatric Medical Association, and Walgreen Company; and a whopping 31 clients hit between $10,000 and $19,999 this quarter, including Shands, the Orlando Magic, Associated Builders & Contractors, and various municipalities.  Twenty-three interests were reported to compensate GrayRobinson up to $9,999, including the South Broward Hospital District, Melbourne Airport Authority, and the Association of Florida Colleges, Inc.

In total, GrayRobinson has just shy of 100 clients for which they are registered to lobby the Legislature and executive branch.

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.  This week, reports are due for the period spanning April 1 through June 30, 2013 and reflect the year-round work that these firms do in representing interests that span literally every industry sector.

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