PooleMcKinley pulls in $575k in lobbying compensation for Q2
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PooleMcKinley’s six-strong team of influence professionals put together a nice haul during the second quarter of 2015: According to just-released records from the state’s lobbying registry, the firm took in an estimated $575,000 between April 1 and June 30.

Their 37 legislative and 38 executive clients combined to compensate the firm, led by senior partner Van Poole, to the tune of some $290,000 and $285,000 respectively.

The firm’s highest-paying client was Motion Picture Association of America, the trade association for six of Hollywood’s largest film studios, which contributed combined fees of around $50,000 to PooleMcKinley’s books.

Other major clients included AccentureBreitburn Energy PartnersColonial Management GroupCommunity Financial Services AssociationGeneral Motors, and Seminole Tribe of Florida, each of them among the 11 clients who paid between $20,000 to $39,998 each for representation before the Legislature and state executive agencies.

All told, those clients accounted for an estimated $165,000 in fees for services rendered last quarter.

Other notable clients on PooleMcKinley’s roster included Florida Power & Light — the state’s largest utility company — Motorola Inc.Entertainment Software Association, Cash America InternationalNorth Broward Hospital District, and the California-based Wine Institute.

The firm collaborated on a highly sought-after contract to represent Miami-Dade County in Tallahassee with fellow 4th Floor regulars at Rutledge Eucenia.

Besides the aforementioned Van Poole, the lobbyists who plied their trade on behalf of PooleMcKinley were William McKinleyAngela DempseyFred DickinsonFrank Gernert, and Sophia Smith.

Lobbying firms are required by Florida statute to filed quarterly compensation reports. In most cases, they are allowed to simply report a range — e.g. $10,000 to $19,999 — in lieu of the specific amount.

Ryan Ray

Ryan Ray covers politics and public policy in North Florida and across the state. He has also worked as a legislative researcher and political campaign staffer. He can be reached at [email protected].


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