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GrayRobinson hauls in $1.3 million in second-quarter lobbying fees

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The Tallahassee lobbying practice of Florida law firm GrayRobinson took in an estimated $1.3 million last quarter, according to recently submitted compensation reports.

The firm’s lobby practice was balanced during Q2, drawing $790,000 from 106 legislative lobbying clients and $525,000 from 106 executive branch clients, led by insurance carriers Meadowbrook, who accounted for between $40,000-$49,999 for legislative work and $10,000-$19,999 for regulatory lobbying.

The highest-paying executive clients among the firm’s stacked roster were Non-Profit Insurance Services and Scientific Games International, which each tendered an estimated $35,000 for representation before the Office of Insurance Regulation, CFO Jeff Atwater‘s office and the Executive Office of the Governor.

Further clients at the top of the firm’s balance sheets for the second quarter — which ran between April 1 and June 30 — included Accelerated Learning Solutions, Automated Health Systems, and Millennium Health which, all told, combined to account for around $75,000 in legislative consulting fees.

Peter Antonacci, former Palm Beach County state attorney and general counsel to Gov. Rick Scott, joined GrayRobinson earlier this year, joining forces with a team of 16 fellow influence professionals representing many decades on Adams Street.

Besides landing Antonacci, the firm boasted Christopher CarmodyDavid Griffin, Jessica Love and Jason Unger among others.

That crew managed a sprawling, diverse list of interests like Tallahassee heavyweights Associated Builders & Contractors of FloridaDarden Restaurants –– owners of brands like Olive Garden —  Florida A&M University, the nation’s largest historically black college, and international defense contractor Lockheed Martin.

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 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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