Ballard Partners passes $4-million-in-a-quarter mark

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To many, Ballard Partners is synonymous with Florida lobbying.  Maybe it is because their team of lobbyists plays in campaigns nearly as much as they do in policy; or maybe it is because their client roster runs about as long as the average 10-year-old’s Christmas wish list.  Whatever the case, Brian Ballard and his 13-member team stay fairly unassuming relative to their enviable compensation.

Each quarter, lobbyists who are registered to represent clients before Florida’s legislature or executive branch must submit reports detailing their client roster and compensation ranges.  This week, reports are due for the period spanning April 1 through June 30, 2013 and reflect the year-round work that these firms do in representing interests that span every industry sector.

In the second quarter of 2012, Ballard Partners represented 118 clients before the Legislature and 116 before the executive branch, earning well over $2 million in compensation from each category.  This quarter, bump those figures to 136 legislative lobbying clients, and 127 executive.  Never a dull moment with perpetual increases like that.

Big pay to Ballard Partners comes from Republic Services of Florida and U.S. Sugar, each compensating up to $49,999 for legislative representation this quarter. Then there is Community Life Choices, FP&L, GTECH Corp, International Speedway, Resorts World Miami, Sheridan Healthcare, the Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa General Hospital, and many others who sent Ballard Partners up to $39,999 for legislative lobbying this quarter.  Alone, Automated Healthcare Solutions chipped in $78,000 for legislative lobbying and $77,000 for executive, Keiser $75,000; and CSG Development Services II, $120,000 for legislative and executive.

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.