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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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Investigation finds DraftKings employee did not have data before setting winning lineup

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A DraftKings employee who inadvertently published internal data before winning $350,000 on another fantasy draft website did not access information before setting his lineup, according to a recently concluded investigation by the Greenberg Traurig law firm. On Monday, ESPN reported that DraftKings content manager Ethan Haskell did not have the internal data until after locking up his lineup. Attorney John Pappalardo led the two-week outside investigation. Haskell had accidentally released the information on Sept. 27, after the early NFL kickoffs…

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Greenberg Traurig collects $1.3 million in second-quarter lobbying fees

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The Miami-founded international law firm Greenberg Traurig made its presence felt in Tallahassee last quarter, to judge by its earnings: The firm took in some $1.3 million in lobbying fees, according to recently filed compensation reports. That figure broke down into some $1,039,000 from 108 legislative lobbying clients and $245,000 from 102 executive branch clients. Among the highest-paying of Greenberg’s clients was Seminole Tribe of Florida, which was responsible for an estimated $90,000 in invoices between April 1 and June 30, as was Heritage…

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Film tax incentive bill again dies on cutting-room floor in Tallahassee

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A sizable percentage of the 100,000 or so entertainment industry professionals in Florida feel let down this week. The Legislature once again refused to include money in the state’s $80 billion budget for tax incentives to lure Hollywood to film in the Sunshine State. “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed,” said Gus Corbella, chairman of the Florida Film and Entertainment Advisory Council and the director of government law and policy for Greenberg Traurig. The regular legislative session…

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Fred Karlinsky tapped to give Hurricane Cat Fund update

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As hurricane season gets underway, up-to-the-minute information on Florida’s Hurricane Catastrophe Fund is critical for both insurers and policyholders, which face massive damages in the event of a major storm. Fred Karlinsky, one of the top insurance lawyers in the nation, was again tapped to give the legislative update at the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund Annual Participating Insurers Workshop, held last week at the Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World. Karlinsky, an industry lobbyist and sought-after expert on insurance-related legislative…

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Crunching the numbers from the most recent lobbying compensation reports

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Registered governmental affairs firms, representing virtually every industry in Florida, reported earning slightly more than $35 million from January 1 to March 31 of this year to lobby the Florida Legislature. FloridaPolitics.com previously reported which firms made what, with Southern Strategy Group leading all firms with $2.25 million in Q1 compensation. Crunching the numbers, here are a few additional thoughts on the first-quarter numbers. (None of these numbers include compensation for executive branch lobbying, which can be just as lucrative for a firm.…

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4th Floor Files talks with Gus Corbella about Florida film, green ties and thinking big

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The latest chapter of “4th Floor Files” talks with Agustin Corbella, director of the Government Law & Policy practice for Greenberg Traurig’s Tallahassee office. Gus Corbella advocates for a number of industry leaders such as the Florida Hospital Association, AT&T, National Vision, the Satellite Broadcasting & Communications Association and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. His resume also includes a range of political roles, including senior adviser for John McCain’s presidential campaign, chief of staff for the Florida Senate president and director of…

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