Colodny, Fass shows steady increase in legislative lobbying fees during Q2, but doesn’t crack 1m

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As lobbying shops report their second quarter compensation fees, several firms’ numbers are worth examining closer. 

Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb reports billing between $500,000 to $999,999 from its 63 legislative clients during the second quarter — an impressive number, even if the firm did not crack the $1 million threshold.

The report list the clients represented by the firm and gives broad ranges of the total amounts of money that the firm bills. 

Compared with the first quarter of 2013 and the same quarter from 2012, Colodny Fass again landed in the same compensation $500K-$999K range, although it did show an increase in the number of clients.

Fifteen legislative clients paid Colodny as much as $9,999 this quarter, and 11 came in at as much as $19,999 — including the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority and Safelite Group, Inc.  

Dosal Tobacco Corporation, United Automobile Insurance, Focus Holdings LLC, and eight other clients were each billed as much as $29,999 to Colodny this quarter.   

The firm’s three largest legislative lobbying contracts came from property and casualty insurers: Florida Property & Casualty Association, Heritage Property & Casualty, and Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, each of whom paid the firm as much as $39,999 this quarter.

Colodny, Fass represented 99 clients before the executive branch. Centauri Specialty Insurance paid them up to $49,999 this quarter for representation, along with Federated National Insurance Company, Fidelity Fire & Casualty, First Protective Insurance, Gulfstream Property & Casualty Heritage Property & Casualty, Mendota Insurance, Southern Oak, and St. Johns Insurance each paying up to $39,999.

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 literally every industry sector.

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.