Adams St. Advocates reeled in up to $300K in Q1

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Newly filed compensation reports show boutique lobbying firm Adams St. Advocates with a healthy haul for the first three months of the year.

The two-person shop run by Claudia Davant and Rebecca E. Roman had 19 clients for the reporting period, which included the 2018 Legislative Session.

Lobbyists are required to report compensation from their principals in ranges covering $10,000 increments. Using the middle number of those ranges shows Adams St. Advocates brought in $185,000 in fees for the quarter, while the top end estimate would put the firm just shy of $300,000.

Reports for the first quarter of 2018 were due May 15.

Two of Davant and Roman’s top three clients last quarter were in the health care industry — Florida Pharmacy Association and Quidel Corporation — while the third was IT security company Unisys Corporation.

Each paid somewhere between $10,000 and $20,000 for legislative lobbying and showed up in the same range for executive branch lobbying.

Another nine clients chipped in up to $20,000 each between New Year’s and March 31: Broward County, City of Fort Lauderdale, Ericks Consultants, The Everglades Foundation, Five Points Technology Group, Gomez Barker Associates, radio company Harris Corporation, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and Symantec Corporation, the company behind Norton Antivirus software.

The firm’s remaining clientele was marked down as paying $0 for the quarter.

Adams St.’s efforts before the Legislature were a tad more lucrative last quarter, contributing up to $160,000 to their total take while executive efforts came in at up to $140,000.

The Q1 numbers are only a slight downtick from Q4, when Harris Company was marked down as paying up to $20,000 for legislative lobbying and up to $10,000 for advocacy before the Governor and Cabinet.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


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