Lobbying firm Johnson & Blanton already at $2.7 million in 2014 earnings

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There are 53 organizations out there who look to the lobby team at Johnson & Blanton for expert legislative and executive strategy. And lucky for that, they are. Johnson & Blanton’s four-person team — which just increased in great measure by the addition of Darrick McGhee — tackles issues ranging from the most complex health-care debates to banking, technology, and industry.

Jon Johnson, Travis Blanton, Melanie Brown and Amy Christian charged through the 2nd quarter of 2014, which included about half of the legislative session, with the refined energy they’ve come to be known for. Their efforts, rewarded with compensation of up to about $849,000 for legislative work, and up to about $469,000 for executive. These figures are about an equal match for the firm’s first quarter compensation, bringing their year-to-date total to a sum of up to $2.7 million, and are on par with reported compensation for these quarters last year, too.

Each quarter, lobbyists who are registered to represent clients before Florida’s legislative or executive branch must submit reports detailing their client roster and compensation ranges. On August 15, reports were due for the period spanning April 1 through June 30, 2014, and reflect the year-round work that these firms do in representing interests that span every industry sector.

In the legislative corner, Johnson & Blanton’s biggest second-quarter compensation came from Florida Hospital, and from the Florida Hospital Association, each contributing between $40,000 and $49,999 for representation before the House and Senate. Executive clients including the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists, Hewlett Packard, and Sallie Mae, brought the firm between $10,000 and $19,999 apiece during this same time.

For a firm that prides itself on its close-knit, team-based approach to lobbying, and has been notably selective in the talent it recruits to do so, the drafting of McGhee will surely add to the team’s dynamic in the years to come.

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.