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Bennett Roth


Bennett Roth is a reporter on the lobbying team at Roll Call, covering K Street and other special interests that influence Capitol Hill. Bennett has been a journalist for three decades and has covered Washington politics and government since 1993. Before coming to Roll Call, he covered Congressional leadership for Congressional Quarterly. Prior to that he was a national reporter in the Washington bureau of the Houston Chronicle, where he covered the White House, Congress and four presidential elections.

He has also worked in Texas for the Houston Chronicle as well as the Dallas Times Herald, covering both local and state politics. He began his journalism career as an all-purpose journalist/photographer and newspaper deliveryman for the Black River Tribune, a weekly newspaper that covered several towns in Vermont. He later worked for the Bennington Banner in Vermont and Albany Times Union in Albany, N.Y., where he covered state and local government. Bennett is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has a master’s degree in English from the University of Chicago. He grew up in the Washington suburb of Garrett Park, where he woke up way too early many mornings to deliver the Washington Post.

Roth no longer works at Roll Call.

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RATINGS CHANGE: Minnesota's 6th District

June 20, 2013

Itís rare that an open seat race decreases a partyís chances of taking over a seat, but that is the story of Minnesotaís 6th District.

Many Finance Members Accepted Donations From Top Oil Companies

May 12, 2011

Hammered by Democrats who want to eliminate some of their tax breaks, oil companies have poured considerable sums into Republican campaign coffers and lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill.

Comcast Hires FCC Commissioner

May 11, 2011

Federal Communications Commission member Meredith Attwell Baker will join the Washington office of Comcast Corp., where she will be senior vice president of government affairs for NBCUniversal, Comcast announced Wednesday.

AT&T Merger Plan Touches On User Loyalty

May 10, 2011

Americans' attachment to their mobile phones, and by extension their service providers, may be the key to whether Sprint can muster sufficient opposition to halt AT&T's increasing dominance of the cellphone market with its proposed purchase of T-Mobile.

U.S. India PAC Presses Congress on Pakistan

May 4, 2011

An Indian-American advocacy group called on Congress on Wednesday to hold hearings to determine what Pakistani authorities knew about al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts.

Push to Punish Pakistan Diminishes

May 4, 2011

Democrats and Republicans alike Wednesday warned against knee-jerk calls for an end to aid to Pakistan, reminding angry colleagues that the troubled government remains an essential partner in the war on terrorism.

Iran, Other Nations Press Interests in U.S.

May 4, 2011

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has decidedly frosty relations with the U.S. government, but he apparently still wants the scoop on hot policy issues here.

Push to Punish Pakistan Diminishes

May 4, 2011

Democrats and Republicans alike Wednesday warned against knee-jerk calls for an end to aid to Pakistan, reminding angry colleagues that the troubled government remains an essential partner in the war on terrorism.

Ex-Rep. Mollohan Joins W.Va. Law Firm

May 3, 2011

Former Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.) a 14-term House Member who lost his primary re-election bid last year, has joined the law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough.

A Family Comes to Rep. Young’s Defense

May 2, 2011

A wealthy Louisiana businessman and his family used a dozen corporate entities to contribute a total of $60,000 to a defense fund to help Rep. Don Young fight his legal battles, which some critics say circumvented the $5,000 limits for individual donations.

For-Profit Colleges Field Team of Top Lobbyists

April 29, 2011

They may not have ivy-covered campuses or rowing teams, but for-profit colleges that award degrees in nontraditional studies such as herbal sciences and golf management have hired the Ivy League of lobbyists to wage a high-dollar battle against federal rules that they claim could put them out of business.

Lobbying Spending Drops in Most Sectors

April 26, 2011

Divided government has not been so kind to K Street as lobbying expenditures plunged in most sectors in the first quarter of this year.

Planned Parenthood Once Had GOP Pals

April 13, 2011

Once upon a time, Planned Parenthood enjoyed bipartisan support, counting even then-Rep. George H.W. Bush among its fans. But over the years, the politics of reproduction have become polarized, and now the group gives almost no money to — and receives almost no votes from — Republicans in Congress.

K Street Files: Lobby Firms Stock Staff Who Know Finance

April 13, 2011

With Wall Street reform still a hot topic on Capitol Hill, former Hill staffers with finance backgrounds are being snapped up by K Street.

Obama to Outline Deficit Reduction Proposal

April 10, 2011

With a government shutdown averted, President Barack Obama will pivot to a broader fiscal outlook this week by detailing a spending reduction plan that would address politically popular entitlement programs, a senior White House adviser said Sunday.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Lobbying Against Shutdown

April 8, 2011

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s top official said he has been advising lawmakers against a federal government shutdown, which he said could have a negative effect on the economy if stretched beyond a few days.

Koreans Stump for Trade Pact

April 5, 2011

To prod lawmakers to approve the long-stalled U.S.-Korea free-trade agreement, the South Korean government is turning to its secret weapon in the United States: Korean-Americans.

GOP Probe of AARP Could Ensnare Other Nonprofits

April 1, 2011

The Republican attack on AARP could trigger a more widespread examination of the tax-exempt status of nonprofit groups, including those who have backed conservatives, Democrats warned Friday.

AARP Is Next on GOP Target List

March 30, 2011

Republicans have launched an assault on AARP, which joins a growing list of groups supportive of the Democrats’ agenda that are being targeted by conservatives.

K Street Files: Sprint Plan to Fight Merger Not Yet Clear

March 29, 2011

Not surprisingly, Sprint announced this week that it would wage a fierce lobbying battle on Capitol Hill against AT&T’s proposed $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile.

Former Rep. Bart Gordon Heads to K Street

March 29, 2011

Former Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.) is joining the K&L Gates law firm, following a parade of his fellow Blue Dog Democrats to K Street.

Former Journalist Signs PR Contract With Bahrain

March 22, 2011

The Bahraini government, which has cracked down on growing political protests, has tapped a former Wall Street Journal national news reporter to help improve the Middle Eastern country’s communications with Washington.

Nuclear Industry Tends to Its Image in Washington

March 19, 2011

In Japan, the public is fleeing the sites of the damaged nuclear power plants. But in the United States, energy companies such as Exelon Corp. are urging lawmakers on break this week to pay a visit to their local nuclear power plant.

Labor Brawl Lands on K Street

March 15, 2011

In past years, the annual Washington fundraiser for Wisconsin Republicans had largely gone unnoticed. But the event slated for this evening at the BGR Group lobbying and public relations firm has been thrust into the national spotlight as ideological groups and political parties seek the advantage in the tempest over labor rights in Wisconsin.

Former FCC Chairman Powell May Take Helm at Cable Trade Group

March 14, 2011

Michael Powell, the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is expected to be tapped to lead the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.

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