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Lauren Book continues SD 33 winning streak, posting $68K in Oct. fundraising

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By most accounts, Lauren Book’s October fundraising would be considered a home run, coming in at $68,000, even as it is down a bit from the blockbuster $350,000 posted in September. According to newly released financial reports, Book – who is seeking the Senate District 33 seat — spent $7,186 in expenditures last month. Her performance leaves the first-time candidate with a robust $413,000 cash-on-hand. Most big-name lobbyists and consultants donated the maximum during September while The Rubin Group and its…

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Southern Political Report names Florida’s top five lobbying firms

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Southern Political Report, a glossy quarterly focused on insider aspects of Dixie politics, has ranked the top law and lobbying firms in each Southern state for its newest issue. The top “small firms” (the magazine’s words, not ours) devoted to governmental affairs consulting in Florida were listed as follows: Ballard Partners Southern Strategy Group Capital City Consulting Corcoran & Johnston The Rubin Group According to the magazine’s methodology, rankings were compiled based on “the results of an online survey sent to lobbyists and…

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Crunching the numbers from the most recent lobbying compensation reports

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Registered governmental affairs firms, representing virtually every industry in Florida, reported earning slightly more than $35 million from January 1 to March 31 of this year to lobby the Florida Legislature. FloridaPolitics.com previously reported which firms made what, with Southern Strategy Group leading all firms with $2.25 million in Q1 compensation. Crunching the numbers, here are a few additional thoughts on the first-quarter numbers. (None of these numbers include compensation for executive branch lobbying, which can be just as lucrative for a firm.…

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