Capitol Insight cracks the $1 million quarterly earnings threshold

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Capitol Insight, the high-profile lobbying firm headed by former Speaker of the House Dean Cannon, took in more than $1 million in compensation for the second quarter of 2014.

Capitol Insight’s seven-person advocacy team — seven executive and five for legislative — represent a roster of savvy influence leaders, and enviable client list of 40 executive principals.

Cannon’s crew includes celebrated names as Larry Cretul, who served as House Speaker in 2009; Rheb Harbison, former senior VP at the Florida Chamber, as well as young guns Alan Suskey and Richard Reeves.

Specializing in executive advocacy is Kirk Pepper, Cannon’s former political adviser and a top Tallahassee aide, and executive branch authority Cynthia Lorenzo.

For Q2 2014, Capitol Insight reported estimated maximum earnings of $539,960 in legislative fees, $529,961 for executive advocacy — for a total of up to $1,069,921. Combined with the $769,932 received in the first quarter of the year, Capitol Insight has now brought in nearly $1.84 million.

Crowning the Capitol Insight Q2 client list — strong with healthcare and insurance interests — are Nashville-based hospital giant HCA; Centene Corporation & Sunshine State Health Plan and AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company. Each company gave up to $29,999 each for legislative and executive services.

Following HCA is health benefits provider AvMed Inc., which serves more than 300,000 Floridians statewide. AvMed also chipped in $19,999 for legislative advocacy.

Also at the maximum $19,999 ranges for legislative services:

Master-planned age-restricted retirement community The Villages also made Capitol Insight’s top Q2 client list, also providing a maximum of $19,999 in legislative lobbying fees.

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