Spending big on lobbyists in Florida // A list of last year's biggest spenders...

Issues: The powerful trial lawyers group engages in regular battle each session against the Florida Chamber, the insurance industry and other special interests. In 2013, the group was successful in fending off reforms to the state's bad faith laws, which allows individuals to sue their insurance company if they believe the insurer acted fraudulently or in "bad faith" while defending or settling a claim.

FLAGLER PERSPECTIVE: Sometimes politics can be a good thing

It was also an opportunity for Flagler County’s representatives in Tallahassee, Rep. Paul Renner and Sen. Travis Hutson, to carry some water for their constituents after supporting some other legislative issues that most Flagler County residents oppose, especially when it comes to regulation of short-term rentals.

Firms collect nearly $31 million during Q3 to lobby Florida Legislature

Another nine firms came in between $300,000 and $499,999: Smith Bryan & Myers Inc. ($490,000); Capitol Insight LLC ($455,000); Colodny Fass, P.A. ($410,000); The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners LLC ($385,000); Anfield Consulting ($370,000); The Mayernick Group LLC ($350,000); Spearman Management Inc. ($320,000); The Fiorentino Group ($320,000); and Heffley & Associates ($305,000).

Boutique firms did big business in the second quarter of 2016.

Adams St. Advocates reported earning at least $100,000 for legislative services during the three-month period; while Liberty Partners of Tallahassee reported earning less than $100,000 during the same time period. Meanwhile, Anfield Consulting and The Mayernick Group reported earning at least $250,000 in the second quarter.

Personnel note: Anfield Consulting adds environmental policy pro Pepper Uchino

As a policy expert for the Florida Legislature, Uchino’s work in the Senate touched on nearly every aspect of Florida’s environmental policy. Among his various roles included director of governmental affairs for The Trust for Public Land and a legislative attorney for the Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation, as well as for the Select Committee on Inland Waters.

4th Floor Files talks to Albert Balido about realism, Sine Die parties and being yourself

The newest chapter of the “4th Floor Files” features Albert Balido, principal founder of the Tallahassee-based Anfield Consulting. Balido’s boutique public affairs firm represents a wide range of interests, including Florida Crystals, the cities of Miami and Frostproof, Hewlett Packard Co., the Florida Education Association, and the Southern Poverty Law Center, to list a few.