Southern Strategy Group shows how it is done with nearly $4.5 million in Q3 revenue

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Each quarter, lobbyists are required to detail their compensation revenue for advocacy before Florida’s legislative or executive branches. Southern Strategy Group’s Q3 filing is the consistently definitive example of strategic consulting.

With 24 of Florida’s brightest political minds, SSG represents 193 clients before the Legislature and 197 before the executive branch. Between July 1 and September 30, the firm brought in a maximum estimated revenue of $2,099,856 in legislative and $2,361,853 in executive fees.

A total of $4,461,709 represented only a slight drop from the nearly $4.7 million in compensation reported during the second quarter of 2014, which itself was up $200,000 from 2014 Q1.

In this period time, Southern Strategy Group represented some of the biggest names in Florida – as well as a number of less familiar interests.

The biggest SSG client in Q3 spent $72,000 for executive work on behalf of Costa Farms, the state’s largest houseplant grower. Costa is busy looking for a potential share under the state’s new Charlotte’s Web medical marijuana law.

At the $40,000 and $49,999 rate for legislative advocacy are Spectra Energy Transmission and TECO Energy, respectively.

Compensating SSG up to $39,999 for legislative representation:

These are only a few of the top SSG clients, as the firm reaches within every industry in the state, with offices across the U.S. and agency and budget experience like few others.

With a lineup of executive branch experts including founder Paul Bradshaw, Chris Dudley, Clark Smith, Tom Arnold, Jerry McDaniel and new hire Seth McKeel, the former chair of the House Appropriations Committee, they contribute to the firm’s broad appeal of insightful political communication and unique client services.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.