Ramba Consulting Group cracks top-20 in legislative lobbying pay

The firm's Q1 tally was good enough to earn it the No. 18 spot.

Ramba Consulting Group has seen its revenues grow over the past year and now ranks among the top-20 firms in legislative lobbying pay.

The firm’s new compensation reports show it earned an estimated $480,000 lobbying the Legislature during the first three months of the year.

That tally was good enough to earn it the No. 18 spot in legislative earnings for the quarter.

Ramba Consulting Group also reeled in up to $50,000 more lobbying the Governor and Cabinet, for an overall earnings estimate of $530,000 in Q1.

Lobbying firms report the pay they receive from each client in ranges covering $10,000 increments. Florida Politics uses the middle number of those ranges to estimate earnings.

Ramba’s top-paying client on their legislative compensation report was the Florida Optometric Association, which pitched in $35,000 over the three-month span.

The Florida Chiropractic Association, the Florida Concrete & Products Association and the Florida Health Care Association followed with each paying between $10,000 and $20,000 for legislative lobbying help.

Other recognizable names among the firm’s 50-plus first-quarter clients include telecom giant AT&T, Florida Power & Light Company and Motorola Solutions, all three of which paid an estimated $15,000 for Ramba’s assistance in the Legislature.

Though the firm’s executive compensation report featured the same client roster, most of those contracts were marked down as $0.

Still, Lipsey DC sent over between $10,000 and $20,000. A dozen other clients, including the recently signed Florida Alliance of the Boys & Girls Clubs, paid up to $10,000 apiece.

Those contracts likely trended toward the lower end as Ramba’s report indicates it made no more than $50,000 lobbying the executive branch.

The new numbers show a substantial year-over-year gain for founding partner David Ramba and the team of Allison Carvajal, Paul Handerhan, Thomas Hobbs, Evan Power and Cameron Yarbrough.

In Q1 2018, the firm secured a spot in the top-25 with an estimated $360,000 in earnings. A year later, that sum is half again higher.

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