Lobbyists Bring in Big Bucks to Influence Legislature: Series Preview
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Visitors to Florida’s Capitol see them on the fourth floor, briefcases in hand, a sense of urgency in their stride. In fact, lobbyists are everywhere.
During the annual legislative session, hundreds poured into Tallahassee, all in hopes of pushing their clients’ agendas through statewide and national channels. Florida’s lobbyists are an essential part of our political culture, the cogs that keep the wheels turning in the Sunshine State’s legislative machine.
Some lobbyists say they barely get any sleep because they’re working so much. But they don’t seem bothered by it. They live and breathe “the process.” Each day is an opportunity to tackle a new obstacle, whether it’s popping into a member of the Senate or House of Representatives’ office or meeting with a large business.
They represent a wide variety of clients, from small businesses and organizations to large corporate entities and local governments. With such a large client base, hundreds of millions of dollars flow into the lobbying industry every year, and the total is only getting larger.
In October, Sunshine State News brought readers a closer look at the top lobbying firms in the Sunshine State. Now, we will take a second look at Florida’s influencers and see who the top dogs are in the state’s lobbying profession.
Reach Tampa-based reporter Allison Nielsen at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter at @AllisonNielsen.