With over $1 million in Q2 earnings, Pennington remains a force in lobbying world

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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:

As varied is the legislative end, Pennington’s executive advocacy client list — between $1 and $9,999 — is just as mixed, private and municipal:

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.