A Tampa-based consulting firm partially owned by a Smith Barney managing director has made political contributions to a Florida county commissioner following the recent issuance of a federal rule limiting donations to state and local officials.

The firm, L. Garry Smith & Associates, with offices in Tampa and Tallahassee, Fla., contributed $300 to Jim Norman, a commissioner in Hillsborough County, Fla. Norman is one of seven commissioners, who ultimately determine the selection of firms to serve on negotiated bond syndicates for the county.

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