Corcoran & Johnston reports $1.3 million in Q2 lobbying fees

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For the proficient team at Tallahassee lobbying shop Corcoran & Johnston, founded by Michael Corcoran, the second quarter of 2014 kept most of the momentum seen in Q1, with reported earnings of more than $1.3 million.

Corcoran & Johnston offers a solid lineup of political and industry experts: Corcoran, who is the brother of future House Speaker Richard Corcoran; Michael Cantens, a former Florida Department of Health Director of Legislative Affairs; Matthew Blair, a former Florida Senate staffer; insurance authority Jeff Johnston; and legislative specialist Amanda Stewart.

Between Corcoran & Johnston’s lobbyists, and its list of 60 legislative and 59 executive clients, the firm brought in an estimated maximum of $821,961 in legislative and $499,958, for a total of $1,321,919 for Q2 2014.

Corcoran’s top client in the second quarter of 2014 was the Miami Beach’s luxury 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., Florida Optometry Eye Health Fund, Inc., each giving a maximum of $39,999 for legislative and $19,999 in executive revenue.

Also at Corcoran & Johnston’s $29,999 maximum legislative rate was:

On the executive side, several Corcoran clients came in at the $19,999 maximum level, representing a wide-range of interests: Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Inc., Florida Optometry Eye Health Fund, Inc., TECO Energy, Inc, University of South Florida Foundation 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 April 1 through June 30 and reflect year-round interests in a wide-range of industries.

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