Lobbying compensation: Former presiding officers fare well in Q3

Former House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and former Senate President Mike Haridopolos each earned six figures in lobbying pay last quarter.

Florida lobbyists report their pay in ranges covering $10,000 increments up to $50,000, after which lobbyists must report exact pay. Quarterly reports also list broad ranges for overall compensation for the quarter.

Compensation reports covering July through September were due to the state Nov. 14.

Steve Crisafulli

Crisafulli, who served as House Speaker for 2015 and 2016 Legislative Sessions, launched a solo consulting company last year, shortly after the clock ran out on the two-year lobbying ban on former lawmakers and statewide elected officers.

The firm, Crisafulli Consulting, has gotten off to a fast start — a year-and-a-half in, the Merritt Island Republican has brought on a dozen clients.

His new reports show those principals paid him at least $50,000 to lobby the Legislature and another $50,000 to lobby the Governor and Cabinet.

Median figures show $75,000 in earnings on each report, or $150,000 in total. At the top end, he could have earned $200,000 last quarter.

There was a tie for the top spot on his reports between Health First Health Plans and Health First, both of which paid

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