Lobbying compensation: Shumaker Advisors Florida tops $600K in Q1

Shumaker Advisors
Q1 was Shumaker's first full quarter since merging with Suskey Consulting.

Tampa-based lobbying firm Shumaker Advisors Florida earned an estimated $610,000 for lobbying work in the first quarter, new compensation reports show.

Shumaker Advisors is a subsidiary of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, one of Tampa Bay’s largest law firms. It was formed in 2017 to “provide a bridge to government, government agencies and legislators that shape the future of business.”

Shumaker got into the lobby game with its Shumaker Advisors team in Ohio in 2013. It now has offices in North Carolina, South Carolina and Washington. It has quickly found success in Tallahassee, too.

Last year, it brought Suskey Consulting into its fold and tapped Alan Suskey to lead the firm’s Tallahassee practice and serve as managing principal of state affairs. RJ Myers made the jump alongside Suskey. They work alongside Amy Maguire, Michael McKinley, Les Miller, Sandra Murman.

Former Department of Business and Regulation Deputy Secretary MJ Johnston also came on board a couple of weeks into Q1.

This marks the firm’s first full quarter post-Suskey Consulting merger. The ledger shows earnings of $305,000 in the Legislature and $305,000 in the executive branch.

Florida Politics estimates how much firms earn based on the middle number of the per-client ranges they list on their compensation reports. Contracts are reported in $10,000 increments. Compensation reports also include firm-level ranges, which can give outsiders a rough idea of their minimum and maximum earnings.

Shumaker’s top client for the quarter was the Associated Industries of Florida. The so-called “Voice of Florida Business” represents serves as a trade association for several of the state’s largest corporations. It paid the Shumaker team $50,000 overall, showing up at $25,000 on each report.

Five other clients showed up with $30,000 apiece, also split evenly between the legislative and executive reports. They were Advanced Recovery Systems, the Florida Public Defender Association, the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, Scientific Games Corporation and SD USA.

The remainder of Shumaker’s paid contracts were marked down at the $5,000 level in each report. That set included more than 40 clients ranging from massive corporations such as AT&T, to nonprofits such as the Ocean Conservancy, educational interests such as Eckerd College and a host of city and county governments.

Overall, Shumaker Advisors Florida reported earning between $250,000 and $500,000 on each of its compensation reports. That sets the earnings floor at $500,000 and the ceiling at $1 million.

Florida lobbyists and lobbying firms faced a May 15 deadline to file compensation reports for the period covering Jan. 1 through March 31. Compensation reports for the second quarter are due to the state on Aug. 14.

Peter Schorsch

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises Media and is the publisher of FloridaPolitics.com, INFLUENCE Magazine, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Previous to his publishing efforts, Peter was a political consultant to dozens of congressional and state campaigns, as well as several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.



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