Ballard Partners reports $4.8 million in lobbying fees … for just Q2

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There are certain burdens with being among the top few names associated with lobbying in Florida. But for Brian Ballard, retaining clients does not appear to counted among them.

Ballard’s firm, Ballard Partners, represents 154 clients before the legislature, and 152 before Florida’s executive branch, according to second quarter compensation reports.

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. On August 15, reports were due for the period spanning April 1 through June 30, 2014 and reflect the year-round work that these firms do in representing interests that span every industry sector.

For this quarter, Ballard Partners reported compensation of up to $4.8 million in legislative and executive fees, with about half coming from each. These figures are comparable to those reported by the firm for the second quarter of 2013; and are about the same as compensation brought in during the first quarter of this year. This means that the firm could have brought in up to a max of about $9.4 million so far in 2014.

Big chunks of this compensation are derived from Resorts World Miami, otherwise known as Genting, which coughed up $89,000 for legislative representation and another $89,000 for executive representation.

Automated Healthcare Solutions gave the firm $154,000 during the first quarter, with $77,000 going toward legislative and executive representation, respectively.

Other big clients for Ballard include US Sugar, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, and GTECH Corporation.

To handle these various issues, Ballard Partners dispatches its 13 legislative and 14 executive lobbyists, including Chris DorworthChris Hansen, Monica Rodriguez, Greg Turbeville, Amy Young, and Carol Bracy.

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.