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Lobbyists report earnings of $121 million for 2012

Southern Strategy Group is among at least four Tallahassee firms reporting lobbying payments in excess of $1 million for the fourth quarter. File photo by Ana Goni-Lessan

The cost of clout around Tallahassee is going up.

With more lobbyists, more corporations with taxation and regulatory issues on the line, and a still-new governor intent on overhauling Florida's business climate, the briefcase brigade on the Capitol's fourth floor reported a total of $121 million in payments to legislative lobbyists for 2012. And that's rounded off, as compensation figures are reported in $10,000 increments up to $50,000 -- and amounts above that are recorded by actual amounts.

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