Ballard Partners leads in top lobbying pay for Q4 2015


Ballard Partners, the Tallahassee-based firm with offices around the state, has repeated as the top paid legislative lobbying concern, reporting median compensation of $2,346,000 for the last quarter of 2015.

The state released lobbying compensation data on Monday, with LobbyTools crunching the numbers. Ballard Partners, formed by Republican insider Brian Ballard, also came out on top for the third quarter, records show.

In second and third place for the fourth quarter were Southern Strategy Group, founded by Republican lawyer-lobbyist Paul Bradshaw, with $1,755,000 and lobbying legend Ron Book with $1,695,000.

All told, registered legislative lobbying firms reported earning a median figure of $31,650,000 during the fourth quarter (October-December) of 2015, according to LobbyTools.

Though state law requires lobbying firms to report revenue, it only requires them to do so in general ranges, not in precise amounts.

Rounding out the top compensation list (median figures) are:

Capital City Consulting LLC: $1,345,000

Greenberg Traurig PA: $1,007,000

The Rubin Group: $876,000

Corcoran & Johnston: $871,000

Johnson & Blanton: $805,000

Metz Husband & Daughton PA: $615,000

GrayRobinson PA: $580,000

Floridian Partners LLC: $565,000

Capitol Insight LLC: $550,000

Smith, Bryan & Myers, Inc.: $505,000

Colodny Fass, P.A.: $425,000

The Mayernick Group LLC: $425,000

Anfield Consulting: $365,000

The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners LLC: $345,000

Holland & Knight LLP: $330,000

Becker & Poliakoff PA: $315,000

Ramba Consulting Group LLC: $305,000

The Fiorentino Group: $305,000

Gunster Yoakley & Stewart PA: $292,000

PooleMcKinley: $290,000

Advantage Consulting Team: $270,000

Heffley & Associates: $270,000

Rutledge Ecenia PA: $270,000

Spearman Management Inc.: $270,000

Foley & Lardner LLP: $250,000

Strategos Public Affairs LLC: $245,000

Larry J. Overton & Associates Inc.: $220,000

Next come the audits of the compensation reports for 2015. Next Thursday, members of the Auditor’s General staff will randomly pick legislative and executive branch lobbying firms to be audited.

“Once the lobbying firms have been selected, the list of firms will be posted,” according to the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee. “All firms selected will be notified via certified mail, return receipt requested. Audits are scheduled to begin on or after May 1, 2016.”

For a look at the concerns paying the most for lobbying services in the end of 2015, click here.

Jim Rosica

Jim Rosica is the Tallahassee-based Senior Editor for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at [email protected].


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