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Goodlette's legislative lobbying role 'advisory'



Southern Strategy Group, a prominent Tallahassee lobbying firm, announces that former Rep. Dudley Goodlette will join the firm, heading a new Naples office. In a release, SSG founder Paul Bradshaw cited Goodlette's "institutional memory, valuable insight and expertise."

Goodlette's hiring was first reported on The Buzz last week. The firm's announcement emphasized that Goodlette will "lobby the executive (branch) agencies and serve only in a strategic advisory capacity on legislative issues, respecting Florida's two year lobby ban for former public officials."

The ban is very well-known to Southern Strategy's officers, and it's a key component of the so-called Sunshine Amendment that former Gov. Reubin Askew spearheaded in the post-Watergate period of the mid-1970s to make government cleaner and more open in Florida.

Article II, Section 8 of the Florida Constitution prohibits legislators from representing, for compensation, any person or entity before the body in which they served for a period of two years after leaving office.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:41am]


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