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Memorial Day Weekend brought to you by these lobbyists and associations

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Summertime is here — well, almost. 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 to summer. And for many people, that means it’s time to start thinking about summer vacation. More than 39.9 million Americans are expected to travel more than 50 miles away from home this Memorial Day, making one of the highest volume of travel since 2005, according to AAA – The Auto…

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Easter and Passover as brought to you by these lobbyists and political associations

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Grab your bonnet, pull out the seersucker and get ready for a good-old-fashion Easter egg hunt. Americans are expected to spend about $18.4 billion on Easter this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey. That projection is 6 percent higher than last year’s record of $17.3 billion and marks an all-time high in the 14 years the national organization has conducted the survey. The increase in spending is likely due to how late the holiday falls on the…

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Southern Strategy Group earns more than $2 million for legislative lobbying in Q2

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Southern Strategy Group remains one of the top government affairs firms in the Sunshine State. The Tallahassee-based firm reported second quarter median compensation of more than $2.1 million for its legislative services. Those median earnings mean the firm will once again be among the Top 3 earners in the state. Firms must file compensation reports each quarter, and the most recent reports were due Sunday. The reports list a firm’s clients, and typically include compensation ranges. One of the firm’s…

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Florida Cabinet, GOP leaders to turn out for Jeb Bush fundraiser Thursday evening

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Several high-profile Florida Republicans, including all three members of the Florida Cabinet, are lending their support this week to raise money for the presidential campaign of former Gov. Jeb Bush. Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam have been named honorary co-chairs of a $2,700 per person fundraiser scheduled for Thursday evening. The location of the event, which is set to begin at 7:30 p.m., will be provided upon RSVP. According to the invite,…

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Jeb Bush summer fundraising tour swings by Coral Gables Aug. 31

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Jeb Bush’s late-summer fundraising tour swings by Florida next week, as the Republican presidential candidate comes to the Miami area for a big-ticket GOP reception. The high-profile, $1,000-a-ticket private reception for the former governor begins 6 p.m. Monday, August 31 at the home of entrepreneur Manny Kadre and his wife Annie, 5345 Hammock Drive in Coral Gables. A spot on the host committee, which includes a VIP reception and photo, will be $20,000 (either donated or raised); an individual photo…

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Southern Strategy Group already at more than $7 million in 2015 lobbying fees

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As Southern Strategy Group grows its empire around the country, it continued to post gaudy lobbying figures in Tallahassee: The firm collected an estimated $3.1 million in consulting fees last quarter, according to a compensation report submitted Friday. SSG took in some $2.3 million from 241 legislative lobbying clients and reported $800,000 in fees from 242 executive branch contracts. The highest-paying contracts during the period between the April 1-June 30 were with Miami-based nursery and Charlotte’s Web license hopeful Costa…

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2015 Legislative Session Preview: Big tobacco, Brecht Heuchan, and the most interesting food fight this Session

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Almost all of the headlines surrounding the annual session of the Florida Legislature will have already been written by the time lawmakers are gaveled into business on March 3. Those headlines will involve calls to expand Medicaid; a budget hole created by the federal government’s refusal to fund the Low Income Pool health care program; how to spend the money derived from Amendment 1,  etc. You’ll read about gambling and water and Uber and grad school tuition and tax breaks and…

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