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PooleMcKinley pulls in $575k in lobbying compensation for Q2

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PooleMcKinley’s six-strong team of influence professionals put together a nice haul during the second quarter of 2015: according to just-released records from the state’s lobbying registry, the firm took in an estimated $575,000 between April 1 and June 30.

Their 37 legislative and 38 executive clients combined to compensate the firm, led by senior partner Van Poole, to the tune of some $290,000 and $285,000 respectively.

The firm’s highest-paying client was Motion Picture Association of America, the trade association for six of Hollywood’s largest film studios, which contributed combined fees of around $50,000 to PooleMcKinley’s books.

Other major clients included Accenture, Breitburn Energy Partners, Colonial Management Group, Community Financial Services Association, General Motors, and Seminole Tribe of Florida, which were among the 11 clients who paid between $20,000-$39,998 each for representation before the Legislature and state executive agencies.

All told, those clients accounted for an estimated $165,000 in fees for services rendered last quarter.

Other notable clients on PooleMcKinley’s roster included Florida Power & Light — the state’s largest utility company — Motorola Inc., Entertainment Software Association, Cash America International, North Broward Hospital District, and the California-based Wine Institute.

The firm collaborated on a highly sought-after contract to represent Miami-Dade County in Tallahassee with fellow 4th Floor regulars at Rutledge Eucenia.

Besides the aforementioned Van Poole, the lobbyists who plied their trade on behalf of PooleMcKinley were William McKinley, Angela Dempsey, Fred Dickinson, Frank Gernert, and Sophia Smith.

Lobbying firms are required by Florida statute to file quarterly compensation reports. In most cases, they are allowed to simply report a range — e.g. $10,000-$19,999 — in lieu of the specific amount.

Ryan Ray writes about campaigns and public policy in Tampa Bay and across the state. A contributor to 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

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