Lobbyist Ron Book has a very good first quarter with at least $2.2 mil in fees

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It has already been a good year for South Florida super-lobbyist Ron Book, who — along with Rana Brown and Kelly Mallette—brought in first quarter 2014 estimated revenues of more than $2.2 million.

In Q1 2014, Book filed estimated maximum earnings of $1,691,929 in legislative fees, $539,946 for executive advocacy, for a total of up to $2,231,875.

Book’s single biggest paydays in Q1 were Deerfield Beach-based environmental services contractor AshBritt and auto retailer AutoNation Inc., with each giving the firm $68,000 for legislative representation. The two companies also spent up to $9,999 for executive lobbying.

With a strong focus on the Miami-Dade region, Book’s next largest legislative clients include $56,000 from the Miami Project/Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis; and up to $49,999 from SkyRise Miami, the controversial $430 million observation tower beginning construction on the downtown Miami waterfront; and Southwest Florida Enterprises, a gambling interest group.

Book also received up to $39,999 in legislative fees from the Florida Taxicab Association, putting the firm in the middle of the debate over Uber — the on-demand towncar service — and its push to enter the Miami-Dade market. In the 2014 session, taxi companies successfully resisted Uber’s legislative efforts to change outdated regulations on taxis and limousines, so the tech innovator could gain a larger foothold in Florida.

Other clients spending less than $9,999 with Book in Q1 2014 include:

  • The Advocate Program, a Miami-Dade social development and public safety foundation
  • Assurance Financial Partners, LLC
  • Atlantic Pacific Communities
  • Bail Agents Independent League of Florida
  • Bal Harbour Village
  • Biscayne Bay Pilots
  • Broward County
  • Carlisle Development Group, LLC, one of the county’s largest affordable housing developers

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.