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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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Broadcasters Face Angry Reception

March 11, 2011

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.

K Street Files: Longtime Hill Staffer Transported to K Street

March 11, 2011

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.

Comcast Hires McSlarrow to Lead Washington Office

March 9, 2011

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.

Environment Groups Firing Back

March 8, 2011

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.

Earmark Ban Called Unfair to Small Towns

March 4, 2011

For the Ferguson Group, the Congressional ban on earmarks has been a call to arms.

Who Won When Boeing Won? Tony Podesta

March 1, 2011

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 Shifts Resources to the States

Feb. 25, 2011

Labor unions in the past two years have helped muscle President Barack Obama’s 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.

Seaports Chafe at Loss of Earmarks

Feb. 18, 2011

The budget-cutting fervor that killed earmark spending has sent a panic through the nation’s seaports, where billions of federal dollars have traditionally been directed almost entirely at the discretion of lawmakers.

Lobbyists Ride Out Regime Change in Egypt

Feb. 15, 2011

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.

Budget Issues Dominate K Street’s Work

Feb. 14, 2011

The release of President Barack Obama’s 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.

New Twists in Old Debate on Malpractice Caps

Feb. 11, 2011

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.

EADS Wants Its Tanker to Make New Friends

Feb. 8, 2011

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.

Big Telecom Looms in Public Safety Battle

Feb. 4, 2011

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.

Doctors Come to Press Congress on Medical Malpractice

Feb. 4, 2011

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.

Ex-Rep. Melancon Becomes Senior Vice President at Franchise Group

Feb. 2, 2011

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.

Lobby Dollars Dip for First Time in Years

Jan. 31, 2011

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.

Ex-Sen. Bayh Joins K St. Law Firm

Jan. 31, 2011

Former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) has joined the Washington, D.C., office of McGuireWoods, the law firm announced Monday.

Nonprofits Push Back Against Budget Cutters

Jan. 25, 2011

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.

Lobby Revenues Slowed Last Year, Firms Say

Jan. 22, 2011

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.

Chamber Foots Biggest Lobbying Bill of 2010’s Big Spenders

Jan. 20, 2011

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.

Congress Cools, Agencies Heat Up for K Street

Jan. 20, 2011

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.

Business Welcomes a White House Ally

Jan. 12, 2011

President Barack Obama’s 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.

Shootings Upend K Street, Fundraising Calendar

Jan. 10, 2011

Washington’s 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.

K Street Files: Netflix Hires ‘at Large’ Lobbyist; Thorn Run Expands

Jan. 7, 2011

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.

Lobbyists Ski, Hit the Beach With Lawmakers

Jan. 7, 2011

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.

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