Becker & Poliakoff brings in $530K in Q4, $2.75M in 2017

Becker & Poliakoff

Becker & Poliakoff PA’s fourth quarter lobbying compensation report shows the 10-member firm brought in about $530,000 between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31.

The Q4 numbers capped off a year that saw the firm bring in an estimated $2.75 million — $1.97 million lobbying the Legislature and $780,000 lobbying the governor and Cabinet.

Becker & Poliakoff’s 2017 roster included Mario Bailey, Jose Bermudez, Ellyn Bogdanoff, Bernie Friedman, Jose Fuentes, Yeline Goin, Yolanda Cash Jackson, Nicholas Matthews, Jeremy Shir and Karen Skyers.

Lobbyists who are registered to represent clients before Florida’s legislative or executive branches are required to submit reports detailing their client roster and compensation each quarter.

Reports for the last three months of 2017 were due to the state on Feb. 14.

Lobbyists are required to report compensation from their principals in ranges covering $10,000 increments. Florida Politics uses the middle number of each range to estimate compensation.

The Ft. Lauderdale-based firm ended the year with 105 legislative clients and 57 in the executive, including Florida Memorial University, Isle Casino parent company PPI and Ygrene Energy Fund Florida, topped the Q4 list with payments of $25,000 each.

Those three principals topped the 2017 legislative list as well, with Florida Memorial University paying an estimated $100,000 over the course of the year, followed by PPI at $90,000 and Ygrene at $75,000.

PPI and Ygrene also topped the executive compensation list, paying $90,000 and $75,000 last year, respectively.

Other clients breaking six figures last year include RAI Services and the School Board of Broward at $120,000 each, TECO Energy at $110,000 and the Town of Lake Park at $100,000.

Becker & Poliakoff represented another numerous other clients that paid at least $50,000 last year, including The Florida Association of Jewish Federations, AT&T, Centene, the City of Cape Coral, the City of Hollywood, Florida Community Financial Services Association and Florida East Coast.

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