State lobbyists earned more than $36 million during Q1 to lobby Legislature

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Registered legislative lobbyists reported total median earnings of $36.4 million for the first three months of this year.

The first-quarter results were posted by LobbyTools Legislative IQ on Monday.

Once again, the top five earners come as no surprise: Ballard Partners, $2.4 million; Southern Strategy Group, $2.3 million; Ron Book, $2 million; Capital City Consulting, $1.5 million; and Greenberg Traurig, $1 million.

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

The rest of the Top 10 are The Rubin Group, $972,000; Corcoran & Johnston, $896,000; Metz Husband & Daughton, $875,000; Johnson & Blanton, $855,000; and GrayRobinson, $808,000.

The top five principals in payments are: FCCI Insurance Group, $298,000; AT&T, $250,000; State Farm, $245,000; U.S. Sugar, $233,000; and HCA Healthcare, $182,000.

Lobbying interests were required to file reports by Sunday night on their compensation for 2016’s first quarter, covering January, February and March.

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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