For the accomplished team at Corcoran & Johnson, the Tallahassee lobbying shop founded by Michael Corcoran, the first quarter of 2014 was unquestionably robust, with reported earnings of nearly $1.4 million.
Corcoran & Johnson offers a solid lineup of experts in addition to strong political and industry ties: Corcoran, brother of Florida House Speaker designate Richard Corcoran; Michael Cantens, a past Florida Department of Health Director of Legislative Affairs; Matthew Blair, legislative assistant to a former member of the Florida Senate; insurance pro Jeff Johnston; and legislative specialist Amanda Stewart.
Among Corcoran & Johnson’s list of 56 legislative and 56 executive clients brought in an estimated maximum of $861,959 in legislative and $529, 956, for a total of $1,391,915 for Q1 2014.
Corcoran’s top client in the first three months of 2014 was the Miami Beach’s high-end Fontainebleau Florida Hotel, which gave Corcoran $52,000 in legislative and up to $29,999 in executive advocacy fees.
Following the Fontainebleau is Tampa-based Medicare and Medicaid managed care provider WellCare Health Plans, Inc., which provided a maximum of $49,999 for legislative and $29,999 in executive revenue.
Florida Optometry Eye Health Fund, Inc. chipped in another maximum of $39,999 in legislative and $19,999 of executive fees.
Also at Corcoran & Johnson’s $29,999 maximum legislative rate was:
- Florida Association of Health Plans, Inc
- Florida Crystals Corporation
- Liberty Dental Plan
- Tampa Bay Water
- Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Authority
- Energy provider TECO Energy, Inc
- University of South Florida Foundation
On the executive side, Corcoran had $19,999 maximum levels with a wide-range of interests, including TECO, USF, hospitality-management company Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Inc., Florida Optometry Eye Health Fund, Inc. and Williams Communications, a wireless communication firm based in Tallahassee.
Each quarter, registered lobbyists representing clients before Florida’s legislature or executive branch must submit reports detailing client roster, as well as provide compensation ranges. The most recent reports are for the period Jan. 1 through March 31, which include the opening weeks of the 2014 legislative session and reflect year-round interests in a wide-range of industries.