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Corcoran & Johnston hauls in $1.3 million in Q2 lobbying fees

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Corcoran & Johnston collected an estimated $1.3 million during the second quarter of 2015, according to recently submitted compensation reports. The firm’s largest invoices came from Sharon Robinson, who is a guardian and personal representative seeking relief from the state of Florida. Robinson easily broke six figures in paying $84,000 for legislative lobbying efforts and between $30,000 -$39,999 for executive branch lobbying. The iconic Fontainebleu Florida Hotel in Miami also paid a pretty penny for representation in Tallahassee last quarter — its total fees ran to…

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TECO Energy confirms it’s exploring a potential sale

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TECO Energy officials say they’re exploring a potential sale. The parent company of Tampa Electric Co. and Peoples Gas said Thursday that it was “exploring strategic alternatives” and had retained Morgan Stanley & Co. Officials declined further comment. A sale would affect 700,000 Tampa Electric customers, mostly in the Tampa Bay area, as well as 350,000 Peoples Gas Systems customers statewide. TECO Energy shares rose over 15 percent to close Thursday at $21.48. The company also operates the New Mexico…

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Firms collect more than $35 million in fees during first quarter of 2015 to lobby Legislature

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Southern Strategy Group led all firms in compensation for lobbying the Florida Legislature during the first quarter of 2015, hauling in $2.25 million, according to recently released lobbying compensation figures. Registered lobbying firms, representing virtually every industry sector in Florida, reported earning slightly more than $35 million from January to March of this year. That figure represents an lobbying industry-wide uptick of nearly 17 percent over the same period last year, when firms took home roughly $30 million collectively. SSG stood alone in…

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Solar power constitutional amendment closer to getting on Florida ballot, but still needs lots more signatures

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A constitutional amendment that would allow Floridians the opportunity to purchase solar power for their home energy needs is one step closer to getting on the 2016 ballot, as the Financial Impact Estimating Conference (FIEC) has completed its review of the Florida Solar Choice ballot petition and filed its Financial Impact Statement with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Bondi must now send the FIEC statement to Florida’s Supreme Court for its review. Concurrently the court is taking up a required review of the ballot…

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