Second quarter haul has lobbyist Ron Book still on top

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How many municipalities can you name, off the top of your head, in the tri-county area? I know one guy that could rattle off a few dozen before you can even say “Doral.” That’s because he — Ron Book, that is — represents what feels like most of them in his lobbying practice.

Book, along with his colleagues Kelly Mallette and Rana Brown, represent about 30 public entities before the Florida Legislature, and nearly as many before the executive branch. Nearly all of these are in Broward and Miami-Dade counties: the cities of Cooper City, Fort Lauderdale, Miramar, Sunrise, and Tamarac, for example; in addition to a few geographic outliers such as the City of Tallahassee and Brevard County.

While these represent just a portion of Book’s book of business, they’re a lucrative one for the firm.

Each quarter, lobbyists who are registered to represent clients before Florida’s legislature or executive branch must submit reports detailing their client roster and compensation ranges.  On August 15, reports were due for the period spanning April 1 through June 30, 2014 and reflect the year-round work that these firms do in representing interests that span every industry sector.

This quarter, Book reported compensation of $68,000 from Ashbritt, $56,000 from the Miami Project/Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, and $50,000 from the Florida Taxicab Association — all for legislative representation alone.

The City of Doral compensated the firm between $40,000 to $49,000 for legislative work this quarter, as did South West Florida Enterprises.

In sum, Book brought in as much as $1.7 million in legislative fees and as much as $529,947 in executive fees, summing to a potential $2.2 million. These figures are on par with what the firm reported for the first quarter of 2014, making the yearly grand total as high as $4.5 million. This is a slight bump from what Book reported during the second quarter of 2013 — and by slight, I mean perhaps as great as a half a million and change.

With 80 legislative clients and 57 executive, the three powerhouses at Book have certainly found the recipe for staying busy year round.

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.