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Optimism abounds in INFLUENCE Magazine’s 2015 survey of Florida’s lobbying corps

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Florida lobbyists are an optimistic lot, so says an exclusive state-of-the-industry survey in the latest issue of INFLUENCE Magazine. In its first-ever “State of the Lobby Corps” poll, conducted with a major assist from the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists, the magazine asked more than 700 members of the government affairs industry to weigh in on a range of topics. There are 1,977 registered Florida lobbyists working with the Legislative branch, representing about 4,000 principals, and 1,539 for the executive…

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Use of public space is no longer considered reportable lobbying expense

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Using public spaces no longer is something that elected officials and candidates have to worry about being a lobbying no-no. Gov Rick Scott on Thursday signed into law SB 984, which makes clear that candidates and officials can use public property like city halls and conference rooms without having to list it as an “expenditure” or “in kind contribution” for purposes of the legislative lobbying ban. The bill created a statutory exception in law to the definition of “expenditure”  for…

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Watchdogs fear lobbyists will devise new ways to undermine gift-ban for legislators

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Secretive fund-raising committees controlled by state legislators and fueled with money from business and special interests are being scrutinized as a likely legal payment method for buying legislators’ lunches and a whole lot more. I don’t even know if I want to comment on this issue other than to say, “Of course.” The gift-ban, however noble, is nothing more than window dressing.

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Steven Geller: I am a lawyer, not a lobbyist!

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A longtime South Broward lawmaker who represents private clients seeking government approvals says his legal degree precludes him from having to register as a lobbyist. Yet, none of the counties nor municipal lobbying ordinances exempt attorneys from rules that require lobbyists to disclose their clients, and even to sign a log when they meet with an elected official or staff member. Steven Geller’s lawyer/lobbyist work also raises questions about whether the longtime legislator and incoming Democratic Senate leader should represent…

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