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Lobbying firms misreported income, ethics panel finds

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Three Florida lobbying concerns are being reported to Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet for incorrectly tallying their income, the Florida Commission on Ethics said Wednesday. In at least two of the cases, however, the errors were basic accounting mistakes. Lobbyists’ compensation is subject to random audits, some of which are reviewed by the commission. In a press release, the commission said it found probable cause to believe Dean Mead, a law firm with a lobbying practice, “inaccurately reported compensation received…

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The results are in: lobbying firms randomly selected for audits

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Fifteen legislative lobbying firms and 12 executive-branch lobbying firms were randomly selected Thursday for audits of their 2015 compensation reports. This is the second time under a 2005 state law that lobbying firms were subject to random audits. Here is the list of legislative firms, in the order they were picked: C.B. Myers III Cerra Consulting David A. Konuch DLA Consulting Akerman LLP Avera & Smith Topsail Public Affairs Becker & Poliakoff The Mathis Group Gate Way Group The Mitchell Group Mark Hendrickson…

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Firms collect nearly $31 million in Legislature lobbying fees for Q3 2015

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Ballard Partners tops the compensation list for lobbying the Florida Legislature in the third quarter of 2015, bringing in $2.22 million, according to newly released compensation reports. Registered lobbying firms took in almost $32 million in fees — $31,775,000 to be (somewhat) exact — between July and September 2015 to represent clients in front of Florida lawmakers. In addition to Ballard — the only firm reporting over $2 million in compensation — three other companies cracked the $1 million mark: Ronald…

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