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Gomez Barker firm pulls in $230K in Q2 lobbying fees

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Miami-based governmental affairs firm Gomez Barker took in an estimated $230,000 during the second quarter of 2015, according to recently submitted compensation reports.

The firm’s three-lobbyist team — composed of Fausto Gomez, Manny Reyes, and William Helmich — represented 29 clients between the months of April and June, all for legislative work.

The roster of interests was heavily South Floridian — seven of their eight highest-paying clients were based in the Miami area including Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, which compensated the firm at a rate of some $35,000, and the municipalities of City of Coral Gables, City of North Bay Village, City of South Miami, Town of Cutler Bay, Village of Key Biscayne and Miami-Dade County itself all paid around $15,000 each for a combined total of $90,000 in consulting fees.

Only film industry advocacy group COMPASS, headquartered in St. Augustine, was from outside the area. It rendered between $10,000-$19,999 for Gomez Barker’s services as well.

Florida law requires lobbying firms to submit compensation reports quarterly. They are permitted in most cases to simply report an approximate range of client compensation instead of the specific dollar amount.

Ryan Ray writes about campaigns and public policy in Tampa Bay and across the state. A contributor to FloridaPolitics.com 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 ryan@floridapolitics.com.

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