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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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As GOP Ascends, Liberal Activists Ponder

Jan. 4, 2011

Liberal groups who had finally been able to nudge some of their issues to the forefront on Capitol Hill in recent years are being forced to readjust their strategies as they brace for an onslaught of conservative activism in the new Congress.

K Street Files: Kit Bond on K Street; Issa Shops for Ideas

Jan. 4, 2011

The law firm of Thompson Coburn announced Tuesday that retiring Sen. Kit Bond will become a partner, shuttling between St. Louis and Washington, D.C.

This Time, Health Care Advocates Have Edge

Jan. 4, 2011

For advocacy groups on both sides of the health care debate, the new year rings in a rerun of the past, as a contentious debate begins over Republican legislation to repeal the sweeping health care law.

Retiring Rep. Davis Joins Law Firm

Jan. 3, 2011

Retiring Rep. Artur Davis has joined the Washington office of the international law firm SNR Denton, the firm said Monday.

Revolving Door Spins Between Hill, Downtown

Dec. 24, 2010

With control of the House changing hands from Democratic to Republican and a lot of job moves in the association world, the K Street job market is in a frenzy.

Lobbying Battle Over Comcast-NBC Deal Heads Into the New Year

Dec. 23, 2010

The bigger-than-anticipated lobbying battle over the proposed mega-merger of Comcast and NBC shows no signs of quieting down, as the companies acknowledged this week that the deal will not win government approval this year.

Fresh Off ‘Don’t Ask’ Win, Gay-Rights Groups Look Ahead

Dec. 20, 2010

The repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy has boosted the spirits of gay-rights activists, but it is not expected to bolster the rest of their legislative agenda, which likely will hit roadblocks in the 112th Congress.

Top Union Officials Air Tensions in Obama Meeting

Dec. 17, 2010

Labor leaders who have been among President Barack Obama’s most reliable — but recently alienated — supporters went to the White House on Friday to air their grievances and discuss future fiscal policy.

Net Neutrality Lobbyists Make Final FCC Pitch

Dec. 15, 2010

The net neutrality debate is stirring up passions across the spectrum from an order of Benedictine nuns in Kansas to lobbying giants such as AT&T, whose staff handed out gourmet cupcakes at the Federal Communications Commission building Wednesday.

Tax Reform Fight May Boost K Street’s Profits

Dec. 14, 2010

President Barack Obama’s desire to streamline the cluttered tax code will spark a lobbying frenzy next year that could pit big business and other interests against each other as they clash over what deductions should be pruned or preserved.

Lobbyists’ Focus: How a Law Becomes a Rule

Dec. 10, 2010

With the prospect of gridlock on Capitol Hill and the recent passage of complicated health and financial reform laws that now must be implemented, many lobbyists are shifting their focus from Congress to the executive branch, where federal agencies are hammering out regulations that will have far-reaching effects.

K Street Files: Boehner Gains Staffer; Grassley Loses One

Dec. 10, 2010

Sen. Judd Gregg’s decision to drop of out the running for the top Business Roundtable job won’t derail the trade association’s hunt for a new president and CEO.

Just Don’t Call Them Earmarks

Dec. 10, 2010

House Appropriations Chairman David Obey unveiled a bill Tuesday to fund the government through the rest of the year that “prohibits funding for Congressional earmarks.” While that is technically true, the bill does include money aimed at addressing Members’ pet projects, from uranium mining to rounding up wild horses.

Liberal Groups Turn Their Ire Toward Obama

Dec. 7, 2010

President Barack Obama’s tax cut deal drew protests Tuesday from progressive groups that have spent much of the first two years of the Obama presidency drumming up support for his initiatives such as health care and financial reform.

K Street Files: Hurting Gulf Seafood Industry Wants U.S. to Buy In

Dec. 7, 2010

Gulf Coast officials were in Washington, D.C., this week, pitching the Pentagon on a plan to sell local seafood to the armed forces and other federal programs as a way to help their depressed region.

Beltway Outsider Rubio Seeks Insiders’ Money

Dec. 3, 2010

Sen.-elect Marco Rubio (Fla.) was one of the many Republicans who won in November because of voter disgust with “business as usual” in Washington, D.C. Now, Rubio and other incoming Members have turned to K Street insiders to help pay off their campaign debts.

K Street Files: Going Gaga Over DADT; K Street Bundles Big Bucks

Dec. 3, 2010

Despite worries by some gay-rights activists that her flamboyant persona distracts from their lobbying effort, Lady Gaga released a new video urging her fans to press Senators to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

FCC Push on Net Neutrality Ramps Up Lobbying

Dec. 1, 2010

With the Federal Communications Commission chief signaling that he wants to take up net neutrality rules this month, an already intense lobbying campaign by telecommunications giants, high-tech firms and open Internet advocates is sure to become even more feverish.

Partisan K Streeters Scramble After Party Shift

Nov. 30, 2010

The new era of divided government is providing challenges and opportunities for one-party lobbying shops, which have marketed themselves as providing access to party leaders as well as keener insight into their political thinking and strategy.

Unions Attack Pay Freeze, While Boehner Gives It Props

Nov. 29, 2010

President Barack Obama’s proposed pay freeze for civilian federal employees drew criticism Monday from federal employee unions, praise from Republican leaders and a tepid response from a key House Democrat.

K Street Preps for Holiday Party Scene

Nov. 27, 2010

The invitations are going out for holiday events long viewed as a way for K Street to cultivate clients and schmooze with lawmakers and their staffs. But some events have lost their luster as the slumping economy and more stringent ethics rules dissuaded firms and associations from holding big celebrations.

In Major Lobbying Push, Gay-Rights Groups Don’t Always Agree

Nov. 25, 2010

Groups supporting repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays in the military are preparing for a full-throttled lobbying assault when lawmakers return from their Thanksgiving break.

Former Gov. Keating Will Lead American Bankers Association

Nov. 23, 2010

The American Bankers Association announced Tuesday that former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating will be its new president, replacing the organization’s longtime chief, Edward Yingling, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Officials Press to Jump-START Treaty

Nov. 21, 2010

Obama administration officials pressed the case on Sunday talk shows for speedy Senate approval of the new START treaty with Russia on nuclear weapons, which appears imperiled because of opposition from a key Republican.

Rick Perry: 'I Don't Want to Be President'

Nov. 21, 2010

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Sunday that he is not interested in running for the White House in 2012, even though he will be more visible as the new chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

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