Lobbying compensation: Top firms continue pulling in millions in 3Q

Ballard Partners remains the firm to beat in quarterly earnings.

The firm founded by Brian Ballard reported nearly $4.4 million in third quarter lobbying pay, besting its total from the second quarter, when it reported $4.2 million in receipts.

The performance once again assuages fears that the pandemic is taking a toll on bottom lines of the state’s top lobbying firms.

The new reports show Ballard Partners earned $2.34 million in legislative lobbying fees and another $2.02 million in executive branch lobbying fees. Last quarter, it earned $2.3 million and $1.9 million, respectively.

Lobbying firms report their pay in ranges covering $10,000 increments. Florida Politics uses the middle number of each range to estimate total revenue for the quarter.

The extremes show Ballard Partners pulled in no less than $2.5 million and may have earned as much as $6.1 million last quarter.

Coming in close behind was Capital City Consulting, which reported $3.57 million in receipts — $1.89 million lobbying the Legislature and $1.67 million lobbying the Governor and Cabinet.

The second-place finish for Nick Iarossi, Ron LaFace and the rest of the CCC team is a rung above last quarter, when the firm came in at No. 3 behind The

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