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Jones Walker pulls down $260K in Q2 lobbying fees

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New Orleans-based law firm Jones Walker is continuing its push into the Tallahassee influence industry, racking up an estimated $260,000 in second-quarter consulting fees, according to recently submitted compensation reports.

Lobbyists Marc Dunbar, Emily Buckley, Chris Moya and Daniel Russell held down the fort during Q2, managing a client list that was heavy on vice industries.

The Seminole Tribe of Florida accounted for the single-biggest invoices between April 1 and June 30, spending some $50,000 for JW’s influence services both legislative and executive.

Other gambling and parimutuels-related interests represented by Jones Walker were Gaming Laboratories International, Association of Gaming Equipment and The Stronach Group, one of the world’s largest horse racetrack operators.

Those interests combined to compensate the firm to the tune of $30,000 as JW stayed true to its Louisiana roots — you can still smoke inside the New Orleans Harrah’s, a fact that must tickle Dosal Tobacco Corp., which enlisted Jones Walker’s services as well this past quarter. They paid roughly $30,000 to the firm for representation in Tallahassee.

Not all of its clients’ products come with “sin taxes” — World Triathlon Corp. dashed off around $10,000 to the firm for consulting, as did Shands Teaching Hospitals & Clinics, though we don’t recommend running too far in Gucci loafers.

The growing practice managed a symmetrical 23 executive contracts and 23 legislative contracts last quarter.

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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