Gunster reports nearly $660K in Q1 lobbying fees

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Gunster Yoakley & Stewart is the oldest commercial law firm in Palm Beach County, having been in operation since 1925. The firm’s government affairs team represents clients in a broad range of industries such as telecommunications, transportation, and energy, as well as regulated industries like gaming and alcohol.

In the first quarter of 2014, the firm had a roster of seven legislative lobbyists, with eight executive lobbyists (counting utility company expert Beth Keating).

Among them, the firm posted $499,979 in estimated legislative and $159,987 executive lobbying earnings — bringing the total of as much as $659,966 — with a list of 26 each in executive and legislative clients.

Gunster’s biggest checks in Q1 2014 came from convenience store giant 711, Inc., the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC), staffing company TrueBlue, Inc., each providing a maximum of $39,999 in legislative advocacy fees.

Next up are a diverse group of businesses who delivered Gunster up to $29,999 each for legislative services:

  • Thoroughbred racing company Churchill Downs, Inc
  • Citrus County Hospital Board
  • Social welfare organization Florida Goodwill Association
  • Gulf Power Company
  • Lakeland Electric
  • Human resources and information management firm RAI Services Company
  • Town of Oakland

The three top executive clients each spent up to $19,999 with Gunster: women’s designer fashion and clothing business Chico’s FAS, Inc., the North Miami Avenue Preservation Association and PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

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.