Health care clients help Overton & Associates net over $800K

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Health care specialists Larry J. Overton & Associates established a firm lobbying/consulting presence in nearly three decades of operation in Tallahassee, and the first quarter of 2014 saw the firm’s earnings reach more than $800,000.

With two registered lobbyists — Larry and Joel Overton — the firm built a substantial degree of influence with a heavy preference for hospitals and health care interests, amassing a roster of 45 legislative and 44 executive principals.

Larry Overton was a former employee of the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services until 1984, when he returned to Tallahassee as health care lobbyist, specializing in Medicaid HMOs.

Reported legislative earnings in the first quarter of 2014 reached a maximum of $429,967 and $379,968 executive — for a total of $809,935 — making the Overtons one of Florida’s top lobbying houses, despite having a team of just two lobbyists.

Overton’s highest-paying client in Q1 — Hope of Southwest Florida, Inc. — contributed up to $29,999 for legislative lobbying. Other top legislative clients, which provided up to $19,999 are Amerigroup Corporation; behavioral health network Apalachee Center, Inc.; Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association, Inc., non-profit senior advocates LeadingAge Florida, Lee Memorial Health System; Shands Teaching Hospitals & Clinics, Inc (dba Shands HealthCare); behavioral health care and wellness company ValueOptions, Inc. and Xerox Business Services.

Both ValueOptions and Xerox are also Overton executive clients, spending up to $19,999 each.

Among the other leading executive principals, which gave a maximum of $19,999 apiece, are health insurance provider AMERIGROUP Corporation; Kindred Healthcare Hospital Division; Mount Sinai Medical Center; and the University of Miami.

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.