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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 masters 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.
Last year, when public broadcasters scheduled their 2011 annual lobbying day in Washington, D.C., they anticipated the usual debate over federal funding for public television and radio. They did not expect a firestorm.
After spending nearly three decades as a Congressional aide, Rusty Roberts is making the jump to K Street. On Friday, he left his job as chief of staff to Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), and today he starts a new gig as managing director of the transportation practice at BGR Government Affairs.
The cable giant Comcast, which recently acquired NBC Universal, said Wednesday it has tapped Kyle McSlarrow, the current chief of the leading cable trade association and a former GOP staffer, to head its D.C. office and oversee other national efforts.
Political advocacy ads that ran earlier this week in a number of swing states featured a sonogram of a fetus, but they had nothing to do with abortion. Rather, the television spots told voters that their Representative had voted for a measure that could increase the danger of mercury poisoning to pregnant women.
For the Ferguson Group, the Congressional ban on earmarks has been a call to arms.
For Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta, the past few weeks have been champagne time. His firm, the Podesta Group, represents the winners of two of the most high-priced and fiercely fought lobbying battles in years.
Labor unions in the past two years have helped muscle President Barack Obamas legislative agenda through Congress, but they are now redeploying their forces to a handful of battleground states to fend off a flurry of hostile bills.
The budget-cutting fervor that killed earmark spending has sent a panic through the nations seaports, where billions of federal dollars have traditionally been directed almost entirely at the discretion of lawmakers.
The government of Egypt has fallen, but its lobbyists in the U.S. soldier on. K Street firms hired to lobby for the turbulent nation have remained active even after the collapse of the regime, due in part to their long-standing ties to the Egyptian military now running the country.
The release of President Barack Obamas fiscal 2012 budget request Monday was a call to arms on K Street, where lobbying for a piece of the federal budget is a priority for clients.
Breaking with the traditional stance of his own party, President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address to endorse medical malpractice reform that doctors say is sorely needed to bring down health costs.
If you are a Facebook user who expressed an interest in national security issues or who lives in a Gulf Coast state, you may be hearing from the people who want to build a new refueling tanker for the Pentagon.
Emergency preparedness officials will fan out this week on Capitol Hill to ask lawmakers to give them a valuable slice of broadband spectrum to establish a public safety communications network.
Lawmakers and their staffers next week will get an earful about the ailments facing the medical profession as more than 500 members of the American Medical Association arrive in Washington, D.C., for their annual National Advocacy Conference.
Former Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-La.), one of the past leaders of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition, has taken a job as senior vice president of government relations and public policy for the International Franchise Association.
For the first time in almost a decade, total lobbying revenues did not increase last year, with the recession pinching K Street budgets and major legislative initiatives such as health care reform winding down.
Former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) has joined the Washington, D.C., office of McGuireWoods, the law firm announced Monday.
Facing the most severe budget-cutting environment since the Reagan years, advocacy groups for nonprofit causes are mustering their forces to prod lawmakers to protect their pet programs.
For much of K Street, 2010 will not go down as a gangbuster year because the poor economy and the midterm elections resulted in limited legislative activity and diminished lobbying revenue.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce continued to dominate its peers on K Street by spending a whopping $100 million on lobbying and issue advocacy ads in 2010.
Divided government could well mean gridlock for Capitol Hill, but it also may bring a windfall for K Street law firms as the focus shifts from legislating to regulating.
President Barack Obamas new chief of staff, William Daley, is being welcomed by the business lobby, which views the former bank executive as a kindred spirit who at least will give their issues a fair airing in the White House.
Washingtons political and lobbying scene, which is ordinarily abuzz with activity this time of year as lawmakers get to work in the new Congress, largely took a pause this week in response to the shootings in Arizona.
Netflix, whose ubiquitous red DVD envelopes are quickly giving way to direct online transmission, has officially brought on its first in-house registered lobbyist, Republican Michael Drobac.
Lobbyist Missy Edwards will be up in the air this month hopping from Senate fundraising events in posh resorts such as Park City, Utah, and Palm Beach, Fla.