Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city

Tag archive

Johnson & Blanton

Lobby firms bring in more than $35.7M in first quarter

in Statewide by

The numbers are out. Registered legislative lobbying firms reported median earnings of more than $35.7 million in the first quarter of 2017. The Top 5 earners during the three-month period were Ballard Partners, Southern Strategy Group, Ronald L. Book PA, Capital City Consulting, and Greenberg Traurig. If those rankings look familiar, there’s a reason for that. The five firms were ranked among the Top 5 firms each quarter in 2016. And according to LobbyTools Legislative IQ, it appears the pentad…

Keep Reading

Personnel note: Dale Patchett moves to Johnson & Blanton

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

Veteran lawmaker and lobbyist Dale Patchett is joining the Johnson & Blanton lobbying firm.   “Dale Patchett brings an incredible history and perspective to our firm,” firm founder Jon Johnson said. “He has seen government operate from every angle as both an elected legislator and appointed official. He was Republican in Florida before it was fashionable … and not just a rank and file Republican but an early pioneer and leader in the party.” Patchett was elected seven times to the…

Keep Reading

Halloween is brought you by these Florida lobbyists and political associations

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

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…

Keep Reading

Daytona International Speedway revs up lobbying efforts by hiring Johnson & Blanton, SSG

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

After getting rebuffed in another attempt to secure state incentive money for improvements at its historic track, the Daytona International Speedway has signed on two new lobbying teams with the start of another state fiscal year. The speedway has hired Johnson & Blanton and Southern Strategy Group to represent its interests in Tallahassee. The speedway, which opened in 1959 and is nearing the completion of a $400 million “Daytona Rising” renovation, was one of three sports facilities that sought incentive…

Keep Reading

Meet Sara Johnson, one of the ’30 under 30′ rising stars of Florida politics

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

It’s been a busy year for Sara Johnson. Since joining the anti-gambling expansion No Casinos team in early January, Johnson has spoken to more than 35 civic groups, radio shows and political clubs, along with a bevy of community leaders. The 21-year-old got an early introduction to hectic paces. At 14, she attended her first TeenPact Leadership class and learned about the legislative process, later volunteering for her first campaign: The 2008 constitutional amendment on marriage, which passed with 62 percent of the vote. Sara eventually…

Keep Reading

Crunching the numbers from the most recent lobbying compensation reports

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

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.…

Keep Reading

Show Buttons
Hide Buttons
Go to Top