Florida mandates lobbying firms to file quarterly compensation reports, identifying clients and how much they are paid – but unlike the federal lobbyists, which are required to report exact figures – state lobbyist disclosures are limited to broad dollar ranges.
Even with estimates, quarterly figures can often be an important tool, revealing patterns and trends in both current issues and legislative battles to come. Nevertheless, in the case of venerable Tampa law firm Pennington PA, the diverse client list makes any attempt prognostication just that — a guess.
Producing an impressive $1.03 million in the second quarter of 2014 is the experienced eight-person team from Pennington: Howard (Gene) Adams, Douglas Bell, Samuel Bell, Jim DeBeaugrine, Marnie George, Michael Harrell, Shirley Kerns and financial specialist J. Steve Roddenberry.
With 51 legislative and 58 executive clients, Pennington posted $559,995 in legislative and $470,958 in executive compensation; with the $1.7 million from Q1, the year-to-date total for 2014 is now at a cool $2.2 million.
While there is a single standout for the second quarter — Universal Property and Casualty Insurance Company, which gave $51,000 in executive and up to $19,999 in legislative fees — the $10,000 to $19,999 range overflows with various interests:
- Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc.
- Global pharmaceutical firm Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.
- Dosal Tobacco Corporation
- Florida Chapter of AAP/Florida Pediatric Society
- Local, state and federal government consulting firm Government Services Group
- Integral Health Plan, Inc.
- Palm Beach County Tax Collector
- Preferred Governmental Insurance Trust
- Progressive Insurance Company
- Ignition-interlock device and home alcohol monitoring system manufacturer Smart Start, Inc.
As varied is the legislative end, Pennington’s executive advocacy client list — between $1 and $9,999 — is just as mixed, private and municipal:
- American Council of Independent Laboratories
- Vehicle leasing giant Avis Budget Group
- Behavior Analyst Certification Board
- Central United Life Insurance Company
- Christian Prison Ministries, Inc.
- Citrus County Board of County Commissioners
- City of Ormond Beach
- City of Palm Coast
- City of South Daytona
- Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc