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Personnel note: Pete Murray to Colodny Fass

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Murray, Peter F.

Colodny Fass has snagged another “policy and legislative strategy veteran” with the hire of Peter F. Murray, the firm announced Tuesday. Murray was Director of Legislative Affairs for the Florida Commission on Offender Review, formerly the Florida Parole Commission. He also was Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs for the Florida Department of Corrections, and has worked in the Governor’s Office of Policy and Budget. Before that, Murray was a Senior Program Analyst under then-Gov. Charlie Crist, focusing on energy and climate issues. Early…

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Employers Insurance Group retains Tallahassee lobbyist Donovan Brown

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Donovan Brown has added Employers Insurance Group to his roster of lobbying clients. Brown registered to represent Employers as of December. 6. He canceled his registration to represent a dozen or so insurance and other clients when he left Colodny Fass during the summer to strike out on his own. He now operates GDB Group in Tallahassee. His other clients include AmTrust Financial Services Inc., which sells property and casualty insurance to small businesses. Employers specializes in workers’ compensation insurance,…

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Halloween is brought you by these Florida lobbyists and political associations

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The witching hour is upon us. Ghosts and ghouls fill the streets. Zombies walk side-by-side with princesses and superheroes. Their mission the same: Spook and scare their neighbors in hopes of scoring enough candy to sustain them for the next year. Total spending for Halloween is expected to reach $8.2 billion in 2016, according to the National Retail Federation. The annual survey expects consumers will spend an average of $82.93, up from $74.34 in 2015. The National Retail Federation predicts…

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Personnel note: Nikki Fried to open own firm

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Lawyer-lobbyist Nicole “Nikki” Fried tells FloridaPolitics.com she’s leaving Colodny Fass to form her own South Florida influence shop. The new firm, to be called Igniting Florida, will be based in Fort Lauderdale. Fried now works in Sunrise. Fried, who’s become a go-to person in medical marijuana lobbying, will keep her clients. They include San Felasco Nurseries, the Gainesville-based grower that won an administrative challenge for a medical pot-growing permit. It was issued a license in April. This past session, she…

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Memorial Day is brought to you by these lobbyists, associations and, of course, Publix

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Summertime is here — well, unofficially. While Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces, the holiday also marks the unofficial start of summer. That means baseball games and cookouts; road trips to the state’s theme parks; and a plethora of tourists visiting restaurants, beaches and hotels. More than 38 million travelers were expected to travel this holiday weekend, according to the AAA 2016 Memorial Day travel forecast. The motor group estimated…

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Firms collect nearly $31 million in Legislature lobbying fees for Q3 2015

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Ballard Partners tops the compensation list for lobbying the Florida Legislature in the third quarter of 2015, bringing in $2.22 million, according to newly released compensation reports. Registered lobbying firms took in almost $32 million in fees — $31,775,000 to be (somewhat) exact — between July and September 2015 to represent clients in front of Florida lawmakers. In addition to Ballard — the only firm reporting over $2 million in compensation — three other companies cracked the $1 million mark: Ronald…

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Colodny Fass brings in $735K in Q2 lobbying fees

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Adams Street fixture Colodny Fass brought in an estimated $735,000 during the most recent reporting quarter, according to recently submitted lobbying compensation reports. Colodny’s single largest contract was for executive branch lobbying on behalf of WellCare Health Plans –– the Tampa-based Medicaid and Medicare coordinators paid between $30,000-$39,999 to the firm between April 1 and June 30, plus another approximately $25,000 for legislative representation, for a total of some $60,000 all told. Federated National Insurance, Lexington National Insurance and Team Focus Insurance tied…

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