Do You Know How Much You Pay This Lobbyist?

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Town of Fort Myers Beach residents pay Ron Book $45,000 per year (plus $5K in expenses) to lobby in Tallahassee.

Books’ contract, which is up for renewal Monday, is to provide legislative consulting services for the town before the Florida legislature, the executive branch and various regional and local governments.

According to the Florida lobbyist registration and compensation website Book’s firm had 107 clients in the first quarter of 2020 and took in $1 million in fees.

According to FloridaPolitics.com Book took in $2.25 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 making Book’s firm the top earner for that quarter. Drew Wilson of FloridaPolitics.com writes, “Pound for pound, Ron Book, Rana Brown and Kelly Mallette consistently earn more legislative lobbying fees than any other trio in the Capitol.”

Book’s daughter Lauren Book is a State Senator (D) representing Broward County

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  1. February of 2019 he was booked dui wrecked a Lamborghini. Seems like someone we should sponsor.

    Florida Highway Patrol on three charges — a first-offense charge of DUI, refusal to submit to a DUI test and DUI with damage to a person or property. All of the charges are misdemeanors.

  2. Why not tell us what he does, what projects or grants he has won for the town? Has he helped get tax dollars, sent to Tallahassee from FMB, back to FMB? That $45K may not be a bad investment!

  3. More importantly, what has he accomplished for the town of Fort Myers Beach? This is the story not simply the fact that he was paid a salary of $45,000 per year. Is it possible to get access to records of his achievements on the behalf of the citizens of Fort Myers Beach?

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