The Legis Group lands $460K in first quarter lobbying pay

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The four-man firm fared well.

New lobbying compensation reports show The Legis Group could have earned up to $460,000 in pay during the first three months of the year.

The four-man team of Doug Holder, Rob Schenck, Patrick Bell and Michael Fischer mainly worked the Legislature — they listed 35 principals on that compensation report compared to seven in the executive.

Florida lobbyists report their earnings in ranges rather than exact amounts, unless a client pays more than $50,000 during a single reporting period. Those ranges cover $10,000 increments.

To that end, Legis’ legislative client roster produced most of their income. Using median earnings estimates, the firm pulled in $270,000 plying the Legislature, with the top-end hitting $420,000.

Leading the way were health care company CHSPSC, Eastern Shipbuilding Group, the Florida Family Law Reform Political Action Committee and SunBulb Company. All four paid the boutique firm between $20,000 and $30,000 for the quarter.

Another quartet were marked down in the $10,000 to $20,000 bracket: Allegiant Air, the Dan Marino Foundation, Earth Tech and the Florida Public Defender Association.

The rest of Legis’ paid legislative lobbying contracts netted them $5,000 a pop.

The firm could have tacked on another $40,000 in receipts on the executive side, though median earnings peg the haul at $20,000.

Only four executive clients produced a payday for the firm: 1307 Mosso, the Dan Marino Foundation, Inmar and Ultimate Health Plans. Each paid up to $10,000 to get Legis’ help with the new Governor and Cabinet.

All Florida lobbyists and firms are required to report their incomes on a quarterly basis. Reports for the first quarter are due May 15.

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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