With an international marine shipping company decreasing its size, the Breaux Lott Leadership Group lost a lobbying contract that was on track to bring the Patton Boggs affiliate $440,000 this year.
Breaux Lott notified Congress on Sunday that it stopped lobbying for Tampa, Fla.-based United Maritime Group LLC on August 31. The lobbying ended after United Maritime completed its sales this year of U.S. United Ocean Services LLC and U.S. United Barge Lines LLC, two of the company's three main subsidiaries. The sale of United Maritime's last major subsidiary, U.S. United Ocean Services LLC, is slated to close this year.
Lobbying termination paperwork shows that Breaux Lott most recently advocated for United Maritime on tax and maritime commerce matters, as well as funding for Mississippi River dredging and the U.S. Agency for International Development's "Food for Peace" program, which brings food to countries where people face starvation. Former Senator John Breaux (D-La.), a senior counsel at his firm, and public policy adviser John Flynn most recently worked on the account.
Breaux Lott started advocating for United Maritime in November 2008, according to a lobbying registration report filed with Congress. The contract came within a year of TECO Energy Inc.'s sale of the company to investors that included Greenstreet Equity Partners LLC, Jefferies Capital Partners and AMCI Capital LP. The company was known as TECO Transportation Corp. before the sale.
United Maritime initially paid Breaux Lott $100,000 per quarter, congressional records show. But the company increased its quarterly payment to $105,000 for the second quarter of 2010 and $110,000 for every full quarter that followed. (Breaux Lott received $70,000 for its lobbying during the third quarter of this year.)
The $110,000 Breaux Lott received during the second quarter of this year was the third-highest sum the firm took in from a client during that period. The firm had clients that paid the firm as much as $150,000 during that quarter.
Breaux Lott was the last firm registered to lobby for United Maritime. The company also used Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton to advocate for it this year. But the firm stopped lobbying for United Maritime in April. The company paid Sheppard Mullin $20,000 for its lobbying work this year.