The Rubin Group boasts only three lobbyists — founder Bill Rubin, Melissa Akeson and Heather Turnbull — but despite its size, the firm posted nearly $2 million in earnings, demonstrating its vital role in lobbying in both Tallahassee and around Florida.
For the first quarter of 2014, Ruben et al was one of the state’s most lucrative lobbying houses, with 48 legislative and 62 executive clients. The Rubin Group reported estimated maximum earnings of $829,954 in legislative fees, $1,129,944 for executive advocacy — for a total of $1,959,898.
At the top of its extensive list is Florida Power & Light Company, which paid $50,000 in executive lobbying fees for Q1. Next comes leading housing organization The Richman Group and hospital giant HCA Healthcare, each paying up to $39,999 in executive and legislative fees apiece.
Also at a maximum of $39,999 in executive advocacy for 1Q: management consulting and technology services firm Accenture LLP and the Wiggins, Childs, Quinn and Pantazis law firm.
At the Rubin Group’s $29,999 level for both legislative and executive were Armor Correctional Health Services, Florida Optometry Eye Health Fund, correctional healthcare services GEO Care/The Geo Group, dog track operator Hartman & Tyner and the Miami-based Medical Care Consortium.
Molina Healthcare and SkyRise Miami paid up to $29,999 respectively in legislative services during 1Q, while Miami mega-developer Flagstone Island Gardens and the Florida International University Foundation individually paid up to $29,999 for executive services.