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Adams Street Advocates pulls down $375K in Q2 lobbying fees

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Tallahassee-based governmental affairs consultancy Adams Street Advocates hauled in $375,000 between April 1 and June 30 of 2015, according to estimates based on recently submitted compensation reports.

The firm boasted a wide and varied portfolio of clients during Q2, ranging from high-paying industry interests like Symantec and Intuit, Inc. – who combined to account for some $60,000 in lobbying fees – to public interest clients like The Everglades Foundation and Florida Coalition for the Homeless.

Other big-time clients for Adams Street Advocates included Florida Pharmacy Association, Brevard County-based Harris Corporation and business software giant Infor, who contributed up to $19,999 each in legislative lobbying fees.

Adams Street played consultants to the consultants of “Big Four” accounting firm KPMG, who paid an estimated $15,000 for representation between executive branch agencies last quarter.

Clients that ponied up up to $9,999 for both legislative and executive contracts with the firm included Capital AsphaltFlorida Technology CouncilFlorida Association of Local Agencies on AgingGold Coast Bench and City of Ft. Lauderdale.

The Adams Street team is seven influence professionals deep: Tanya JacksonBryan CherryRobert BeckClaudia DavantLauren Jackson, and David and Candice Ericks.

Together the firm managed contracts with 29 legislative and 29 executive clients from an office occupying prime real estate on Adams and College St. in downtown Tallahassee, directly across from the Governors Club.

Florida law requires lobbying firms to submit compensation reports quarterly. They are permitted in most cases to simply report an approximate range of client compensation rates instead of the specific dollar amount.

Ryan Ray writes about campaigns and public policy in Tampa Bay and across the state. A contributor to and before that, The Florida Squeeze, he covers the Legislature as a member of the Florida Capitol Press Corps and has worked as a staffer on several campaigns. He can be reached at

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