Lobbying compensation: Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney notches $1.9M in 2021

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The firm may have earned as much as $2.75 million.

The seven-person team at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney earned an estimated $1.9 million in pay last year, according to the sum of its quarterly compensation reports.

Florida Politics estimates lobbying pay based on the middle number of the per-client ranges firms list on their compensation reports. Contracts are reported in $10,000 increments up to $50,000.

Firms are also required to list broad ranges for their overall income each quarter. Firm-level ranges show Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney earned no less than $1.25 million last year. At the top end, the firm may have earned $2.75 million.

The Buchanan team includes Brett BacotMarnie GeorgeMike GrissomMark KruseJim Magill and Kimberly McGlynn. They represented 50 clients for all or part of last year, landing $1.14 million in legislative pay and another $765,000 in executive branch pay.

The firm’s top client for the year was the Palm Beach County Tax Collector, which paid a whopping $354,000 for lobbying work. The No. 2 spot belonged to the University Medical Service Association, which cut a $154,000 check for legislative lobbying work and sent over another $40,000 for help in the executive branch.

Ygrene Energy Fund, one of the largest purveyors of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), which helps homeowners pay for storm-hardening and energy efficiency upgrades, followed at No. 3 with $160,000.

Other majors included State Farm at $80,000 and Dosal Tobacco Company at $70,000.

Universal Orlando is perhaps the best-known client in the firm’s portfolio. Though the theme park giant had a rough go in 2020 when the pandemic forced it to shut down for months, it has bounced back in a big way — the company celebrated its most profitable quarter ever in Q3 2021.

The theme park juggernaut paid the team at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney $40,000 over the course of the year.

Florida lobbyists and lobbying firms faced a Feb. 14 deadline to file compensation reports for the period covering Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. Compensation reports for the first quarter are due to the state on 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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