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RSA Consulting collects more than $300K in Q2 lobbying fees

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RSA Consulting Consulting had a productive second quarter of 2015. According to recently filed state records, the Brandon-based firm collected an estimated $300,000 or more from 43 legislative and executive clients between the months of April and June.

The four-person team comprised by firm owner Ron Pierce, Natalie King, Sara Gross and Edward Briggs drew major compensation from the healthcare, education and real estate sectors: H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center contributed up to $39,999 in combined compensation for plaza level and legislative representation, while Associated Builders & Contractors Florida Gulf Coast, Charter School Leaders Florida, and the Northside Mental Health Center in Tampa all tendered nearly $20,000.

Clients from the world of sports & entertainment also figured heavily into the RSA ledger books during Q2: the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning and the Tampa Bay Sports Authority were both among clients that paid up to $9,999 for RSA’s services in the influence trade, as was the Brandon Sports & Aquatic Center and the Sunshine State Athletic Conference.

Incidentally, RSA was in full swing at Tallahassee’s Miller’s Ale House last May, when a number of legislators including Senate budget chief Tom Lee, state Sen. Jack Latvala and state Sen. Jeff Brandes — another Tampa Bay area lawmaker — were on hand to watch the Lightning play in 2015 Stanley Cup finals during session.

SRG Technology, Pepin Distributing, Tampa Bay Partnership and ride-hailing firm Uber each contributed up to $19,999 combined as well.

All told, RSA may have made more than $500,000 during the second reporting period of 2015 — by state law, firms report only general ranges of compensation figures, rather than the exact dollar figure unless a client’s fees reach $50,000 or more — assuming each client paid the maximum.

Ryan Ray writes about campaigns and public policy in Tampa Bay and across the state. A contributor to FloridaPolitics.com 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 ryan@floridapolitics.com.

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