A lobbyist hired to help PaineWeber Inc. win a top underwriting role from Florida Comptroller Gerald Lewis purchased his lobbying firm from the son of the state's Democratic governor, Lawton Chiles.

James Eaton, a former assistant comptroller, bought Chiles Communications in August 1993 from Lawton Chiles 3d, executives at the firm said. Chiles had served as a lobbyist in Florida for a variety of businesses, including the municipal bond unit of Merrill Lynch & Co.

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