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. On August 15, reports were due for the period spanning April 1 through June 30, 2014, and reflect the year-round work that these firms do in representing interests that span every industry sector.
These reports offer a wide glimpse of a firm’s practice, not only in terms of who-has-who, but in terms of year-over-year changes.
And this kind of look reveals that the 10-person lobby team at Floridian Partners is doing something right. This quarter, the firm reported compensation of as much as $1.3 million — up from a max figure of about $989,000 during the second quarter of 2013.
The firm’s 58 legislative clients include some big-ticket interests such as Magellan Health Services, which compensated the firm between $40,000 and $49,999 this quarter; and the Florida Cable Telecommunications Association, Las Vegas Sands, and the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform — each of which compensated between $30,000 and $39,999 for legislative representation this quarter.
Likewise, for work before the executive branch, Floridian Partners’ biggest checks came from Crown Castle USA for between $30,000 and $39,999; and from Flagstone Properties and St. Joe Company, for between $20,000 and $29,999 each. In total, they represent 49 clients for executive work.
The team at Floridian Partners has a battery of names offered up by peers each year during “TallyMadness” — the online voting competition to determine Florida’s “best” lobbyist. Gary Guzzo, Teye Reeves, Scott Ross and Charles Dudley are all regular nominees — and no doubt the other players at this firm are known for their acumen, too.