Public finance pros Bryant Miller Olive posts $370K in Q2 lobbying fees

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Specializing in public finance lobbying, Bryant Miller Olive, with a roster of 14 legislative and 17 executive clients collected nearly $370,000 in the second quarter of 2014 — slightly down from its Q1 bookings of $390,000.

The firm offers five veteran lobbyists: former Florida Lottery Secretary Leo DiBenigno; Foyt Ralston, a former state chief information officer; Cari Roth, a former Assistant Secretary of the Florida Department of Community Affairs; Frederick Springer, former general counsel at the Florida Department of Management Services and Government Affairs Coordinator Emily Nance. Labor and employment specialist Ryan Hobbs serves as a lobbyist for the executive branch exclusively.

Between them, Bryant Miller Olive filed estimated Q2 maximum earnings of $149,989 for legislative and $219,986 for executive advocacy — a total of up to $369,975. With Q1 earning of $389,794, the firm has now a combined 2014 year-to-date total of $759,949.

Bryant Miller Olive’s largest Q2 executive client was IT services giant Computer Sciences Corporation, which gave the firm up to $39,999, followed by AT&T Florida, with up to $29,999. MGS Communications and Pitney Bowes, Inc. each gave a maximum of $19,999 for executive lobbying services.

At the $19,999 level for both executive and legislative advocacy is Tampa-based land holding and cattle ranching firm Lykes Bros. Inc.

In legislative advocacy, Bryant Miller Olive’s top legislative customers are Charlotte County; JEA, the Jacksonville-area utility company; and the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners. Each company provided up to $19,999.

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