Your help is needed to determine “Florida’s Best Political Consultants”

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First, we identified Tampa Bay’s Top 25 most powerful politicians. Then we named Florida’s 30 brightest politicos under 30-years old. Our next series promises to be the most interesting: Who are Florida’s best political consultants?

Some of them — Steve Schale, Rick Wilson — are household names, at least within households in Tallahassee. Others, such as Pat Bainter, wield enormous influence without showing up often in the headlines. 

By analyzing campaign finance spending data, election results and several other metrics, as well as surveying dozens of operatives in the industry, we are compiling the definitive list of the best political consultants in the state.

This special series will be unveiled beginning September 2. In the meantime, your input is welcomed. Who belongs on this list? How should this list be compiled? Would you like to be part of the panel which determines who makes the list?

If you are interested, please drop me an e-mail to 

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.