Republican heavyweights propel PooleMcKinley lobbying team to $1M in Q2 earnings

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To advocate in front of the Florida Legislature, it is good to have some big Republican names on your side. The six-person PooleMcKinley high-quality lobbyist lineup includes:

  • Firm founder, former Republican state Sen. Van Poole
  • Will McKinley, a past Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of Professional Regulation for Gov. Bob Martinez
  • Angela Dempsey, who previously served as Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s Legislative Affairs Director
  • Vice President Fred Dickinson, who spent more than two decades in Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, as executive director
  • County government specialist Sophie Smith
  • Consultant Frank Gernert

Together, the PooleMcKinley team, formerly Dutko Poole McKinley, posted estimated compensation in the second quarter 2014 of just under $1 million — $479,966 in legislative fees and $519,964 in executive. These numbers represent an increase of $60K over the previous quarter, and roughly the same as Q2 last year. Total year-to-date compensation now runs at nearly $2 million.

PooleMcKinley currently boasts a roster of 36 legislative and 39 executive clients.

Florida law requires lobbying firms to file quarterly compensation reports; identifying clients and amounts they receive. However, unlike the federal lobbyists, which are required to report exact figures – state lobbyist disclosures are limited to broad dollar ranges.

The firm’s top six legislative customers—all within the $10,000 to $19,999 range — include:

On the executive side of the PooleMcKinley ledger is an even more diverse group— with a few Fortune 500 names to boot. The top 10 provided between $10,000 and $19,999 each:

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