Corcoran & Johnston’s Q2 lobbying fee numbers show continued growth for politically connected firm

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

For anybody wondering whether it helps a lobbyist to have a brother as Speaker Designate: it doesn’t hurt.  But it’s certainly not the only factor behind the success of the independently accomplished team at Corcoran & Johnson, whose founding member Michael Corcoran was, in fact, a major player in seeing to the eventual election and rise in power of his brother Richard.

In the second quarter of 2013, Corcoran & Johnson was compensated up to $794,960 by its 54 legislative lobbying clients, and as much as $249,999 by its 52 executive lobbying clients.  Rewind to the first quarter of 2009, Corcoran & Johnson represented 47 clients before the Legislature, to the tune of as much as $499,999 in compensation, and represented 29 executive lobbying clients with fees up to $99,999.

The jump in client volume and total compensation is notable, but not extraordinarily so, reflecting that both Corcoran and his partners Jeff Johnson, Matt Blair, and Amanda Stewart are at the tops of their respective games regardless of their obvious access to eventual House leadership.

This quarter, Corcoran & Johnson saw the largest compensation from two clients: WellCare Health Plans, which compensated $55,000 for legislative representation and up to $29,999 for executive lobbying; and Fontainebleau Florida Hotel, which spent up to $49,999 for legislative and up to $19,999 for executive representation. 

The firm also worked extensively with TECO Energy, Verizon, IMG Academies, HCA Healthcare, Wal-Mart, Florida Crystals, and the Florida Association of Health Plans.  

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 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 SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.