August 13, 2020

Essential Business

Florida lobbyists busier than ever, even amid a pandemic

Amy Keller | 7/27/2020

Florida lobbyists pulled in an estimated quarter of a billion dollars in 2019, a record amount that marks a 22% increase over the past decade. They took in another $50 million to $80 million during the first quarter of 2020, according to public records — and insiders say the influence industry shows few signs of slowing down, even amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Personally, I’ve never been busier than I am right now,” says Jeff Kottkamp, a former lieutenant governor and current chairman of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists. “We’re primarily in the information business, and in this environment of uncertainty, our clients are starving for information.”

This story also features expert opinions, business briefs and people in the news: Dean Cannon; Nick Iarossi; Brian Ballard; Paul Bradshaw; Ron LaFace Jr.; Ron Book; Fred Baggett

 

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