Gomez Barker collects $215K in Q3 lobbying earnings

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Miami-based Gomez Barker Associates boasts a wide range of top South Florida lobbying clients, and it was paid handsomely during 2015’s third quarter. The firm brought in a total of $215,000 between July 1 and September 30, according to recently filed lobbying compensation reports.

The firm’s leading clients was Miami-Dade Expressway Authority in terms of compensation, whose fees accounted for an estimated $35,000 last quarter.

Municipal clients in City of Coral GablesCity of North Bay VillageCity of South Miami, and Town of Cutler Bay, along with Village of Key Biscayne and Miami-Dade County, made up the firm’s second highest-paying tier of clients. Each contributed between $10,000 and $19,999 for an estimated combined total of $90,000.

Among the firm’s 25 clients, the City of Sweetwater, the City of West Miami, the Town of Surfside, and the Village of Pinecrest also compensated the firm for it’s legislative work to the tune of about $5,000 each.

Other significant clients such as Goodwill Industries of South Florida, Florida Power & Light Company, and Florida Workers’ Advocates also brought in between $1.00 and $9,999.

State law requires lobbying firms to submit compensation reports quarterly. They are permitted in most cases to simply report an approximate range of client compensation — e.g., $1-$9,999 — in lieu of the specific dollar 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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