Liberty Partners of Tallahassee brings in up to $250k in lobbying fees for Q4 2014

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Liberty Partners of Tallahassee — led by Jennifer GreenMelanie Shanks BostickAshley Dieguez, and Thomas Hobbs — continues to build on its boutique- t0-mid-size practice unique amid Florida lobbying firms.

Its 17 legislative clients and 15 executive clients include Expedia, Humana,  AT&T, No Casinos, and the AAA Scholarship Foundation. Though there is no clear common thread between some of them, there is one in the firm’s style of representation.

During the fourth quarter of 2014, the firm reported compensation of as much as $249,982 for legislative and executive lobbying — holding steadily its approximate average compared to its own 2013 numbers, which featured highs and lows about $100k on either from this figure.

Of these totals, the biggest checks came from Expedia, the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Humana, and Uber Technologies — each of which compensated the firm from $30,000 to $40,000 for legislative and executive lobbying combined.

Consulting giant KPMG LLP was also a significant client on the executive side, adding up to $20,000 to Liberty’s coffers for advocacy within the Scott administration and its agencies.

The legislative landscape ahead, for many of these clients, suggests the continuation of some fairly fierce battles. No doubt the lobbyists at Liberty Partners are game for the task.

Although by law lobbying firms must file quarterly compensation reports, reports show only firms’ total compensation in general ranges, making it difficult to get exact totals spent on lobbying the state executive and legislative branches.

For example, ranges reported by firms start between $1 and $9,999, $10,000 and $19,999 and so on, increasing in increments. Exact numbers for individual clients are only when they pay $50,000 or more.

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.