The Moya Group’s three registered lobbyists, founder Chris Moya, Emily Buckley and Rebecca DeLaRosa, turned their roster of 25 clients – 14 legislative and 11 executive — into a mid-six figure maximum revenue of nearly $560,000.
For the first quarter of 2014, Moya reported estimated maximum earnings of $359,988 in legislative fees, $199,991 for executive advocacy — for a total of up to $559,979.
Moya, a former employee of the Florida Division of Elections, founded the firm in 1999. Since then, he had developed a client list that includes many of the state’s most powerful interests: AT&T, State Farm Insurance, the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Dosal Tobacco.
In the first quarter of 2014, Moya represented several of the bigger players in the legislative session, such as the Seminole Tribe, who pushed against gambling expansion and the construction of destination casinos in South Florida, and Shands Teaching Hospitals, mired in the debate over disputed trauma centers statewide. Moya also worked on behalf of education management company Charter Schools USA, as it made its way through the school-voucher expansion discussion.
By session end, all three found qualified successes with lawmakers.
At the top of the extensive client list is State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, which paid $50,000 in executive lobbying fees for Q1. After that comes the Medicare-contracted health management organization Health Spring of Florida, doing business as Leon Medical Centers Health Plans, Inc., which paid up to $39,999 in executive and legislative fees individually.
In the Moya Group’s $29,999 category for both legislative and executive fees are Charter Schools USA, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and Shands Teaching Hospitals & Clinics, Inc., doing business as Shands HealthCare.
Also spending up to $29,999 in legislative lobbying fees are Bristol-based alternative education program Wilderness Quest; BHG Development Group LLC; communications giant AT&T; Palm Beach County and Miami’s Dosal Tobacco Corporation, a family-run manufacturer known for the 305 Brand cigarettes.
In addition, Wilderness Quest spent up to $19,999 for executive services, as did BHG Development.