Pound for pound, Ron Book, Rana Brown and Kelly Mallette consistently earn more legislative lobbying fees than any other trio in the Capitol.
That usually earns them the No. 3 spot behind much larger firms, such as Ballard Partners and Southern Strategy Group. Not so in the fourth quarter — Book and Co. collected more legislative lobbying fees than any other firm, no caveat or asterisk required.
Their fourth quarter report shows $2.25 million in legislative lobbying fees, edging out the No. 2 finisher by $180,000.
According to LobbyTools, Florida lobbyists collected $31.77 million in legislative fees last quarter, meaning Book, Brown and Mallette accounted for 7 percent of all fees collected by all firms and solo advocates last quarter, or $1 out of every $14 paid out by principals.
Florida lobbyists report their pay in ranges for each client, except those that pay more than $50,000 a quarter. The $2.25 million figure is based on median numbers for each of the clients contracted with Book’s firm.
Generally those ranges lead to a lot of variation between the minimum and maximum amount a firm earns. In Book’s case, there’s no speculation needed about $885,000 of those estimated earnings as seven clients cracked the top end of the top range.
The $50,000-plus roster included K.A.S. & Associates at $250,000, Title Clerk Consulting Company at $175,000, Performance Title Services at $143,000, Ashbritt at $135,000, AutoNation at $68,000, Miami Project/Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis at $64,000 and Florida Power & Light at an even $50,000.
If every other client on the report paid the minimum amount in their reported ranges, Book, Brown and Mallette would have earned $1.85 million. If those 200 other contracts measured in at the top dollar of those ranges, the trio could have earned more than $3.6 million for the quarter.
Four other firms broke seven figures in legislative lobbying last quarters. The list: Ballard Partners at $2.07 million, Southern Strategy Group at $1.73 million, Capital City Consulting at $1.58 million and Greenberg Traurig at $1.03 million.
As previously reported, Capital City Consulting brought in an estimated $2.5 million last quarter once their executive branch efforts were added in. That led the 13-member firm to break the $10 million mark for the year.