Dick Scott, the sole registered lobbyist for SKD Consulting Group, might have only seven legislative and six executive principal clients, but he represents some of the more powerful voices in Tallahassee.
For the first quarter of 2014, SKD reported estimated maximum earnings of $129,994 legislative and $109,995 executive — bringing his total to $239,989.
To understand the extent of Scott’s influence, take SKD’s largest legislative and executive client — ABC Fine Wine & Spirits — one of the powerhouses behind some of the erstwhile legislative successes in 2014, the failure of lawmakers to amend the separation requirement between liquor and grocery stores, limiting retailer’s ability to easily sell distilled spirits. ABC took a strong position against changing the prohibition-era rules.
Regardless of your opinion on the subject, it would be difficult to downplay Scott’s role in the outcome.
ABC Fine Wines spent a maximum of $39,999 each in legislative and executive payments with SKD.
Other leading SKD clients are Florida Travel Center – Truckstop Group, Inc., which spent a maximum of $29,999 each for legislative and executive advocacy; casino, hotel and restaurant development firm Dania Entertainment Center, which spent a maximum of $19,999 each; and Amusement Machine Owners Association of Florida. They also spent up to $19,999 in legislative lobbying fees.
SKD also received up to $9,999 for legislative and executive fees in 1Q of 2014 from both the Florida Pawnbrokers and Freeport 860 LLC, the company run by Destin wunderkind developer Jay Odom.