Two of the biggest names in Florida politics, Steve Schale and Justin Sayfie, report healthy earnings for lobbying work

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Justin Sayfie and Steve Schale, two of the biggest names in Florida politics, far from limit their lives to the campaign year.  These two politicos each run highly successful consulting firms with thriving communications and media practices, and they both choose to run solo in their lobbying activities.

During the second quarter of 2013, Sayfie collected as much as $99,999 for lobbying the Legislature on behalf of six clients, and as much as $99,999 for lobbying the executive branch on behalf of eight clients.

Sayfie’s biggest cut this quarter came from Diplomat Properties to the tune of up to $29,999 each for legislative and executive activities.  The City of Hollywood, Google, and Rick Angelone of Vschoolz each paid Sayfie up to $19,999 a piece for legislative and executive representation, respectively, and AutoNation paid to $19,999 for legislative lobbying alone.

Comparatively, Schale worked this quarter with three legislative lobbying clients: AT&T, the Florida Hospital Association, and Walt Disney World Resort, to a tune of up to $49,999 in compensation.   These are great clients for any lobbyist — but particularly for a pro in his second quarter of lobbying in Florida.

Not surprisingly, these clients did not see the need to retain Schale for his executive lobbying — at least not while Gov. Rick Scott is still in office. But don’t be surprised if Schale’s executive compensation report looks a little different following January 2015.

Each quarter, lobbyists who are registered to represent clients before Florida’s legislature or executive branch must submit reports detailing their client roster and compensation ranges.  This week, reports are due for the period spanning April 1 through June 30, 2013 and reflect the year-round work that these firms do in representing interests that span every industry sector.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.