Capitol Insight’s heavyweight roster brings in solid six figures for Q1

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Capitol Insight, the premier Florida lobbying house headed by former House Speakers Dean Cannon and Larry Cretul, reported solid six-figure revenues for the first three months of 2014.

Capitol Insight’s seven-person lobbying roster represent a who’s who of influence leaders, boasting a client list that is the envy of Tallahassee, with a list of 37 legislative and 36 executive principals.

Cannon’s team includes such high-profile names as Cretul, Rheb Harbison, former senior vice president and chief lobbyist at The Florida Chamber, as well as Alan Suskey and Richard Reeves, two veteran lobbyists with years of experience in both Tallahassee and Washington D.C.

Also specializing in executive advocacy is Kirk Pepper, a top state House aide and Cannon’s former political adviser and Florida executive branch expert Cynthia Lorenzo.

In Q1 2014, CI reported estimated maximum earnings of $459,963 in legislative fees, $309,969 for executive advocacy — for a total of up to $769,932.

Topping the inventory Capitol Insight’s biggest clients in Q1 — a list heavy with healthcare and insurance interests — is Nashville-based hospital giant HCA, currently entangled in a legal and legislative battle over disputed trauma centers in Manatee, Pasco and Marion Counties. HCA provided the firm up to $39,999 each for legislative and executive services.

Following HCA is health benefits provider AvMed Inc., a group serving more than 300,000 Floridians statewide. AvMed also chipped in $29,999 apiece for legislative and executive advocacy.

At the maximum $19,999 range for both legislative and executive services: AAXA Equitable Life Insurance Company, Centene Corporation & Sunshine State Health Plan, Inc. and the Florida Association of Insurance Agents.

Master-planned age-restricted retirement community The Villages completes the Capitol Insight’s leading Q1 client list, which delivered a maximum of $19,999 in legislative lobbying fees.


Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, 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.