July 24, 2014

Higher Education: Lobbyists

The Lobbyists: Confronting Cutbacks

Colleges spend millions on lobbyists to watch out for their individual interests in the Legislature.

Amy Keller | 7/5/2011

Big Presence = Big Money

Florida colleges and universities have a significant lobbying presence at both the federal and state level.

Most colleges and universities — and the associations that represent them — hire well-connected, private lobbying firms to press their cases in Tallahassee and on Capitol Hill. In 2010, contract lobbyists earned more than $3.3 million representing various colleges and universities in front of state lawmakers, according to a Florida Trend analysis of state lobbying compensation records. In their quest for federal dollars, Florida schools spent upward of $3.3 million lobbying members of Congress. Restrictions in state law mean the schools typically pay for lobbyists with funds from their foundations.

Federal Lobbying (2010)
Institution Lobby Expenses
University of Miami $587,918
State University System of Florida 460,000
University of South Florida 400,000
University of Florida Foundation 280,000
Florida International University 348,499
Nova Southeastern University 360,000
Keiser University 210,000
Florida Atlantic University 120,000
University of Central Florida 120,000
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 100,000
Florida Gulf Coast University 85,000
Barry University 80,000
Florida A&M University 70,000
Florida State University 55,000
Source: Center for Responsive Politics

State Lobbying (2010)
Institution Lobbying Firm Legislative Executive (range)
Barry University Corcoran & Johnston $20,000 $2 - $19,998
Holland & Knight 0 30,002 - 69,996
Bethune-Cookman University Becker & Poliakoff 20,000 0
Brevard Community College Spearman Management 15,000 10,000 - 19,999
Brevard Community College Foundation Spearman Management 65,000 50,000 - 79,997
Dade Medical College Cruz & Co. 30,000 20,000 - 39,998
Dutko Worldwide 20,000 4 - 39,996
Edward Waters College Becker & Poliakoff 20,000 0
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Pennington Moore Wilkinson Bell 20,000 4 - 39,996
Florida Association of Community Colleges Governmental Solutions 10,000 2 - 19,998
Southern Strategy Group 60,000 4 - 39,996
Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools & Colleges Mortham Governmental Consultants 60,000 40,000 -79,996
Florida Atlantic University Foundation Southern Strategy Group 60,000 4 - 39,996
Florida International University Foundation ADF Consulting 20,000 0
Florida Consultants 60,000 0
Floridian Partners 40,000 4 - 39,996
Gomez Barker Associates 35,000 0
Johnson & Blanton 60,000 40,000 - 79,996
Advocacy Group @ Cardenas Partners 15,000 10,000 - 19,999
Florida Memorial University Becker & Poliakoff 100,000 0
Florida Southern College Florida Strategic Group 20,000 4 - 39,996
Hodges University J. Keith Arnold & Associates 20,000 4 - 39,996
Independent Colleges & Universities of Florida (ICUF) Frank N. Tsamoutales 20,000 10,001 - 29,998
Sachs Sax Caplan 140,000 4 - 39,996
SKB Consulting Group 20,000 4 - 39,996
Advocacy Group@ Cardenas Partners 40,000 20,002 - 59,996
Keiser University Fowler White Boggs 100,000 80,000 - 119,996
Lake Erie College Osteopathic Medicine T. B. Consultants 100,000 80,000 - 119,996
New College Foundation Capital City Consulting 60,000 4 - 39,996
Nova Southeastern University Corcoran & Johnston 20,000 4 - 39,996
Panza Maurer & Maynard 225,000 225,000
Smith & Ballard 60,000 40,000 - 79,996
Rubin Group 20,000 4 - 39,996
University of Central Florida Foundation GrayRobinson 70,000 50,000 - 89,996
Southern Strategy Group 30,000 4 - 39,996
University of Florida Foundation Brewton Plante 60,000 0
Moreton Consulting 60,000 0
Smith Bryan & Myers 50,000 4 - 39,996
Southern Strategy Group 0 20,001 - 49,997
University of Miami Blosser & Sayfie 25,000 10,002 - 39,997
Larry J. Overton & Associates 0 80,000 - 119,996
Ronald L. Book 140,000 0
University of Phoenix Dutko Worldwide 60,000 40,000 - 79,996
University of South Florida Foundation Corcoran & Johnston 100,000 4 - 39,996
University of West Florida Foundation Heffley & Associates 20,000 4 - 39,996

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