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State lobbyists earned more than $36 million during Q! to lobby Legislature

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Registered legislative lobbyists reported total median earnings of $36.4 million for the first three months of this year. The first-quarter results were posted by LobbyTools Legislative IQ on Monday. Once again, the top 5 earners come as no surprise: Ballard Partners, $2.4 million; Southern Strategy Group, $2.3 million; Ron Book, $2 million; Capital City Consulting, $1.5 million; and Greenberg Traurig, $1 million. Though state law requires lobbying firms to report revenue, it only requires them to do so in general ranges,…

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Bills would delete lobbying-firm audit requirement

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In November a group of legislators reviewing the first-ever audits of lobbying firm income started to wonder why they were doing it. “I don’t understand how the public’s interest is advanced by this exercise,” said state Sen. Rob Bradley, a Fleming Island Republican who sits on the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee. “I just don’t see how this information is relevant” other than being a “marketing tool for big lobbying firms.” Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that now legislation (HB 4065/SB 1636) filed for the 2016…

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Auditing panel muses whether lobbyists should be audited

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A panel of state lawmakers going over the first-ever audits of lobbying firm income on Monday started bringing up a common question: Why are we doing this? “I may be an outlier … (but) I don’t understand how the public’s interest is advanced by this exercise,” said state Sen. Rob Bradley, a Fleming Island Republican who sits on the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee. “I just don’t see how this information is relevant,” he said, other than being a “marketing tool for big lobbying firms.” This was the…

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Dean Cannon’s Capitol Insight hauls in $860K in Q2 lobbying fees

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Relatively new on the scene, former House Speaker Dean Cannon‘s lobby shop Capitol Insight is raking in the consulting fees like an old Adams Street institution. According to a compensation report the firm filed Thursday morning, the firm collected an estimated $860,000 for its consulting services between April 1 and June 30. The total includes some $430,000 in fees from 62 executive lobbying clients and $430,000 from 61 legislative clients. AXA Equitable Life Insurance Co. provided the largest invoice for executive branch…

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Bryant Miller Olive collects $145K in Q2 lobbying fees

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Bryant Miller Olive’s lobbying practice took in an estimated $145,000 between April 1 and June 30, according to recently submitted compensation reports. The firm’s Q2 ledger books are skewed toward executive agency lobbying, a rarity among Tallahassee governmental relations firms. Executive lobbying accounted for $95,000 last quarter, with the remaining $50,000 coming from work among Florida lawmakers. Falls Church, VA-based software firm Computer Sciences Corp. was by far and away BMO’s highest-paying client. The company tendered between $30,000-$39,999 for executive branch…

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