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Akerman earns $185K in Q3 lobbying fees

The legal-lobbying firm Akerman earned an estimated $185,000 during the third quarter of 2015, the bulk from its legislative work, according to recently submitted compensation reports.

The firm’s list of clients features Algenol Biofuels, Indian River Medical Center, Magic City Casino, as well as Miami-Dade County, Pediatric Health Care Alliance, and Rybovich Boat Co. which each spent between $10,000 and $19,999 for legislative representation.

The Association of Public Safety Communications Officials, the City of Lake Worth, the Port of Palm Beach, and the Florida International Bankers Association also paid them about $5,000 each.

Of the firm’s 17 clients, only three were represented in executive lobbying. Among them was Akerman’s biggest spender, Water Cooperative of Central Florida, who contributed around $35,000 in fees in Q3.

Rybovich Boat Co. spent an estimated total of around $30,000.

The firm’s nine-strong roster included Richard Pinsky, Sylvia Alderman, Linda CharitySteven GrigasEliakim NortelusDavid Roberts and Virginia Towne.

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 — instead of the specific dollar amount.

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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 ryan@floridapolitics.com.

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