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Corcoran & Johnston hauls in $1.3 million in Q2 lobbying fees

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Corcoran & Johnston collected an estimated $1.3 million during the second quarter of 2015, according to recently submitted compensation reports.

The firm’s largest invoices came from Sharon Robinson, who is a guardian and personal representative seeking relief from the state of Florida. Robinson easily broke six figures in paying $84,000 for legislative lobbying efforts and between $30,000 -$39,999 for executive branch lobbying.

The iconic Fontainebleu Florida Hotel in Miami also paid a pretty penny for representation in Tallahassee last quarter — its total fees ran to $52,000 for legislative lobbying and between $20,000-$29,999 for executive branch work for an estimated total of $77,000, the second-highest total of any Corcoran client.

Led by co-founder and GOP electoral guru Michael Corcoran — brother of rising speaker and House budget chief state Rep. Richard Corcoran — the tight-knit firm pulled in $1,011,000 in consulting fees for legislative work and $285,000 for executive branch lobbying altogether.

The firm’s Tampa Bay roots showed in its client list during the last reporting period, which ran from April 1 to June 30.

Hillsborough County Public Transportation CommissionUniversity of South Florida FoundationTampa-Hillsborough Expressway AuthorityTECO EnergyIMG Academy, and pro football’s Tampa Bay Buccanneers were among major local institutions that employed C&J’s services during Q2.

Other major clients included Florida Optometry Eye Health Fund, whose compensation paid the firm totaled an estimated $50,000, as did that of Spirit Airlines.

Interests as variegated as Florida CrystalsBeer Industry of FloridaCitizens Against Cigarette Manufacturers and Walmart also sought the firm’s representation in Florida’s Capitol last quarter.

Along with the aforementioned Corcoran himself, name partner Jeff JohnstonMatthew BlairMichael Cantens and Amanda Stewart handled the firm’s sprawling client list.

State law requires lobbying firms to submit compensation reports quarterly. They are permitted in most cases to simply report an approximate range of client compensation — e.g., $1-$9,999 — in lieu of the specific dollar amount.

Ryan Ray writes about campaigns and public policy in Tampa Bay and across the state. A contributor to and before that, The Florida Squeeze, he covers the Legislature as a member of the Florida Capitol Press Corps and has worked as a staffer on several campaigns. He can be reached at [email protected]

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