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Lobbying compensation: Liberty Partners earns $260K in third quarter

The firm could have earned as much as $470,000.

Liberty Partners of Tallahassee reeled in an estimated $260,000 in lobbying pay during the third quarter, newly filed compensation reports show.

Despite the current economic crunch, the four-person firm was able to keep revenues stable, coming in just a little shy of the $275,000 it earned in the second quarter.

Firm president Jennifer Green and lobbyists Melanie Bostick, Ethan Merchant and Timothy Parson represented 33 clients during the reporting period. Earnings were split down the middle between legislative and executive branch lobbying, with each compensation report showing $130,000 in pay.

Florida lobbyists report their pay in ranges covering $10,000 increments up to $50,000, after which they must report the exact amount of pay they received. Florida Politics estimates lobbying pay using the middle number of each range.

Lobbying firms also disclose overall pay in broad ranges. Liberty Partners reported earnings of $100,000 to $250,000 on both reports, meaning the firm brought in at least $200,000 for the quarter. If the firm earned top dollar from each client, it could have received $460,000 in Q3.

Liberty Partners’ legislative and executive compensation reports were identical — each showed a tie between Expedia, the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Kona Properties at the top.

All three paid $15,000 in retainers for the quarter to lobby the Legislature and chipped in the same amount to lobby the Governor and Cabinet.

More than a dozen other clients were marked down in the $5,000 pay bracket on each report.

There were a handful of major corporations in the mix, such as telecom giant AT&T, rideshare platform Uber and vacation rental company HomeAway.

Statewide associations and municipal governments were also prevalent — the Florida Assisted Living Association, Florida Sheriffs Association and Florida Chamber of Commerce fall in the former category; the cities of Defuniak Springs, Freeport and Milton fall in the latter.

When lobbyists and their firms sign lobbying agreements with each client, they are required to report all earnings with the state on a quarterly basis.

Florida lobbyists and lobbying firms faced a Nov. 14 deadline to file compensation reports for the period covering July 1 through Sept. 30. Compensation reports for the fourth quarter of 2020 are due to the state in mid-February.

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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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