Corcoran & Johnston brings in nearly $1.4 million in Q3 compensation

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For the talented Tallahassee lobbying team at Corcoran & Johnson, established by Michael Corcoran, the momentum continues in third quarter of 2014, with reported earnings of nearly $1.4 million.

Corcoran & Johnson brings a roster of political and industry experts: Corcoran, brother of future Florida House Speaker designate Richard Corcoran; Michael Cantens, a former Florida Department of Health director of legislative affairs; Matthew Blair, former Florida Senate legislative assistant; managing partner Jeff Johnston; and legislative specialist Amanda Stewart.

Between Corcoran & Johnson’s lobbyists, and its list of 62 legislative and 60 executive clients, the firm brought in an estimated maximum of $871,959 in legislative and $509,956, for a total of $1,381,915 for Q3 2014.

Corcoran’s top client in the third quarter of 2014 was Miami Beach’s luxury Fontainebleau Florida Hotel, which gave Corcoran $52,000 in legislative fees and up to $29,999 in executive advocacy fees.

Following the Fontainebleau is the University of South Florida Foundation, which gave up to $49,999 for legislative and $19,999 for executive advocacy. The estate of Marissa Amora and the Florida Optometry Eye Health Fund, Inc., each paid a maximum of $39,999 for legislative and $19,999 in executive revenue.

Also at Corcoran & Johnson’s $29,999 maximum legislative rate were:

On the executive side, other Corcoran clients came in at the $19,999 maximum level: Florida Optometry Eye Health Fund, Inc., TECO Energy, Inc., the University of South Florida Foundation and Williams Communications, a wireless communication firm based in Tallahassee.

Each quarter, registered lobbyists representing clients before Florida’s legislative or executive branches must submit reports detailing client rosters, as well as provide compensation ranges. The most recent reports are for the period July 1 through September 30 and reflect year-round advocacy in a range of industries.

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