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Brian Ballard's Super Bowl guest

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February

Uber-lobbyist Brian Ballard, known for his fun Super Bowl parties, snared the ultimate guest on Sunday: Gov. Rick Scott, who incidentally campaigned against the influence of special interests. Also in attendance: Robert Coker, of U.S. Sugar, whose state landbuyout Scott opposed in the Republican primary when the Clewiston firm backed GOP rival Bill McCollum (as did Ballard). Scott dropped his vocal opposition to the landbuy when U.S. Sugar backed him after the primary.

But that was sooooo 2010. The Super Bowl party was just that -- a party, said Ballard.

"What could be more American than a bunch of friends getting together to watch the Super Bowl?" Ballard asked rhetorically when queried about his party.

Ballard somewhat reluctantly acknowledged Scott was in attendance, and said backers of Scott's where there. He wouldn't name names and would say no more. When initially asked about his party, Ballard said via text message "Pack won, I heard." Ballard, incidentally represents the Rooney family, which owns the Pittsburgh Steelers, for whom he rooted.

Whom did Scott support? Ballard said he didn't know.

Ballard said no state business was discussed, and he downplayed the idea that he had some insidere access on behalf of his clients. Of course, Scott would never meet with insiders and discuss Capitol business.... Oh... wait.... he did last night at a dinner with top Senate lawmakers. The difference between that meeting and the Super Bowl party: The gov's office noted the dinner on his official schedule. No notice was given for the lobbyist party.

Regardless, Scott's budget is so radical and makes so many deep cuts that some of Ballard's clients win and some lose. Here they are:

   3M Company
   Amazon.com
   Automated Healthcare Solutions
   Avaya, Inc
   Baptist Health Care
   Basketball Properties, LTD
   Bethesda Healthcare System
   Citigroup Global Markets, Inc
   City of Boca Raton
   Community Education Centers
   Computer Sciences Corporation
   Deloitte Consulting, LLP
   Eisai, Inc
   Empower Software Solutions, Inc
   Envision Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., an Ohio corporation
   Eric Brody
   Florida Alliance of Maritime Organizations, Inc
   Florida Beer Wholesalers Association
   Florida Children's Services Council, Inc
   Florida Community Services Corp. of Walton County, Inc
   Florida Concrete & Products Association
   Florida East Coast Industries, Inc
   Florida Health Club Association
   Florida Long-Term Healthcare Association, Inc
   Florida Obstetric and Gynocologic Society
   Florida Peninsula Insurance Company
   Florida Power & Light Company
   Florida Society of Pathologists
   Florida Virtual School
   Florida's Children First, Inc
   G4S Youth Services LLC
   GEICO
   GEO Group, Inc, The
   GTECH Corporation
   Harris Corporation
   HCR-Manor Care
   Healthcare Distribution Management Association
   Homewise Holdings, Inc
   Honda North America, Inc
   Indian River Memorial Hospital
   Inland Pipe Rehabilitation, LLC
   International Health, Raquet, and Sportsclub Association
   Investment Corporation of Palm Beach
   Lake Point Restoration, LLC
   League of Southeastern Credit Unions
   Liggett Group LLC
   Mann Research Center, LLC
   Marine Industries Association of South Florida
   Marine Towing of Tampa, LLC
   Martin County Board of County Commissioners
   Martin Memorial Medical Center, Inc
   MAXIMUS
   McGladrey & Pullen, LLP
   MedImmune, Inc
   Mesirow Financial Holdings, Inc
   Metro Traffic School
   Nemours Foundation
   New York Yankees
   Nicklaus Design, LLC
   North Broward Hospital District
   NorthgateArinso, Inc
   Northport Health Services of Florida, L.L.C.
   Nova Southeastern University
   Oracle America, Inc
   PHS Correctional Healthcare
   Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association
   Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care, Inc
   Prudential Financial, Inc
   RSM McGladrey, Inc
   Sacred Heart Health System
   Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida
   SCI Funeral Services of Florida, Inc
   Signal Safe, Inc
   South Central Florida Express, Inc
   Town of Palm Beach
   Turkey Hill Farm
   United Insurance Holdings, LC and its Subsidiaries
   United States Sugar Corporation
   Universal Health Care, Inc
   Variety Children's Hospital, d/b/a Miami Children's Hospital
   Verizon, Wind Power Systems, LLC

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 1:13pm]

    

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