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Gunster takes in $470K in Q2 lobbying fees

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Gunster Yoakley & Stewart’s Tallahassee governmental affairs practice hauled in an estimated $470,000 in consulting fees in the second quarter of 2015, according to recently submitted lobbyist compensation reports.

In its first quarter since adding veteran influencer Cameron Yarbrough to =its roster, Gunster managed 38 executive lobbying clients who paid a total of approximately $110,000 along with 33 legislative clients who accounted for $360,000.

Washington-based employment services giants TrueBlue, Inc., stood alone as Gunster’s client with the biggest invoice at between $40,000-$49,999 for legislative representation in the Capitol, followed by Associated Industries of Florida, which brought in between $30,000-$39,999.

Coalition of Affordable Housing Providers, Florida Goodwill Association, and Mears Transportation Group accounted for an estimated $25,000 each, as did Realauction.com, RAI Services and All My Sons Moving and Storage.

Other major clients on Gunster’s eclectic roster include Motorola Solutions –– which chipped in another $10,000 between legislative and executive contracts — as well as Gulf Power Co.Coalition of Affordable Housing Providers, and 1-800-Contacts.

Gunster’s lobbying team for the second quarter of 2015 was replete with familiar faces on Adams Street, including Joanna Bonfanti, Derek Bruce, Adam Corey, Lila Jaber, Gregory Munson, Kellie Scott and Larry Williams, as well as the new addition of Yarbrough.

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 —  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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