Here are the Top 5 money-making lobbying firms in Florida

Florida lobbyists pulled in an estimated quarter of a billion dollars in 2019, a record amount that marks a 22 percent 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.

Nick Iarossi, co-owner of Capital City Consulting in Tallahassee, says the pandemic is also taking a toll on another key part of the influence game — political fundraising. “COVID has certainly prevented candidates from aggressively raising political dollars and walking door to door meeting voters,” he said in an e-mail.

“Those who raised money early have an advantage over those who waited since COVID has made political giving more challenging. Digital outreach and TV advertising will become more important now to reach voters, which are normally the highest cost campaign components.”