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Adams St. Advocates earned at least $745K in 2018

The three-member firm could have earned up to $1.25 million.

According to newly filed compensation reports, the three-member team at lobbying firm Adams St. Advocates collected an estimated $745,000 in fees last year.

Consulting firms report their pay in ranges for each client, except those that pay more than $50,000 a quarter. The estimated tally is based on the middle dollar of the ranges Adams St. Advocates reported for each of its clients across the past four quarters.

If their 21 legislative and 18 executive contracts measured in at the max, Claudia Davant, Amanda Gorman and Rebecca Roman could have earned nearly $1.25 million for their efforts.

Two clients shared the top spot on the cumulative legislative report: Florida Pharmacy Association and Quidel Corporation. Each paid Adams St. Advocates an estimated $15,000 a quarter for a combined total of $120,000 between them.

That makes for nearly a third of the shop’s 2018 legislative lobbying rake, which measured in at $410,000. Broward County came in a close third at $50,000 for the year, followed by two $30K contracts, a half-dozen $20K clients, a quartet of $15,000 deals and one more measuring in at $10,000.

Notable names on the list: Melbourne-based radio manufacturer Harris Corp., the City of Fort Lauderdale, environmental group The Everglades Foundation and Fortune 500 software company Symantec.

All told, the trio earned up to $660,000 lobbying the state House and Senate.

Florida Pharmacy Association also the topped the exec sheet with another $60,000 in pay, with Quidel and Harris Corp. sharing the No. 2 spot with $30,000 in pay apiece. Most of the same clients from the legislative list filled out the reports, with their contracts for the exec half of the game measuring in a little lower.

Overall, Adams St. Advocates earned an estimated $335,000 in executive lobbying fees, with the max possible ringing up at $580K.

Its 2018 numbers were consistent quarter-over-quarter last year. In Q1 2018, Davant and Roman brought in $185,000, which put them on pace for a $740,000 year — a projection they beat by $5,000.

With Gorman joining the team in the middle of the third quarter, the shop could be primed for growth in 2019.

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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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