Lobbying Compensation: The Legis Group lands $280K in second quarter lobbying pay

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The shop brought in $250,000 of those funds lobbying the Legislature.

According to new compensation reports, lobbying outfit The Legis Group earned an estimated $280,000 in pay last quarter.

The four-person shop brought in $250,000 of those funds lobbying the Legislature with another $30,000 coming in through their efforts plying the Governor and Cabinet.

Doug Holder, Rob Schenck, Patrick Bell and Michael Fischer advocated on behalf of 35 legislative clients during the reporting period, which covered the second half of the 2019 Legislative Session. The quartet had a lighter load in the executive, where they catered to the needs of seven principals.

Florida lobbyists report their pay in ranges covering $10,000 increments. Florida Politics uses the middle number of each range to estimate quarterly pay.

At the top of The Legis Group’s legislative report were three principals that paid between $20,000 and $30,000 apiece for the firm’s expertise. Those clients were CHSPSC, Eastern Shipbuilding Group and SunBulb Company.

Another five showed up in the $10,000 to $20,000 range: Allegiant Air, Earth Tech, the Florida Family Law Reform Political Action Committee, the Florida Public Defender Association and Inmar. The remainder of Legis’ clientele each paid the firm between $1 and $10,000 last quarter.

Each of the clients chipping in for help lobbying the executive branch were marked down in the bottom bracket. Among them was the Dan Marino Foundation, which has been pushing for a specialty license plate to help raise funds.

The foundation helps people with autism and other developmental disabilities bridge the gap between high school graduation and employment.

Also on the exec list were 1307 Mosso, Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inmar, Limonar Development and Wonderly Holdings.

The Legis Group’s compensation reports also list a range for their overall compensation. The firm earned between $100,000 and $250,000 lobbying via legislative lobbying while their potential executive lobbying earnings were under $50,000.

Florida lobbyists and lobbying firms must name their clients when they sign lobbying agreements and must report their earnings from each client on a quarterly basis. Reports for the second quarter are due August 14.

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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