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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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Stories by Bennett Roth:

Union Brass Making No Overtures to the GOP

Nov. 16, 2010

Facing a more hostile political landscape, labor unions are gearing up for major fights on Capitol Hill next year. They’re also preparing for a potential clash with the White House if President Barack Obama compromises with Republicans.

AMA, Doctors Pushing Congress to Fix Medicare Patch

Nov. 15, 2010

As if Congress didn’t have enough unfinished business to deal with in its lame-duck session, doctors’ groups are stepping up their pressure on lawmakers to approve another temporary reprieve from Medicare payments cuts scheduled to go into effect next month.

Budget Cut Targets Are K Street’s Best Friends

Nov. 13, 2010

The new cost-cutting climate in Washington, highlighted by last week’s draft federal deficit commission report, could be a bonanza for lobbying shops.

K Street Files: Lobbying Help Wanted at Toyota

Nov. 12, 2010

All those soon-to-be out-of-work Democratic lawmakers may want to rethink their criticism of Toyota Motor Corp., which took a beating this year on Capitol Hill during hearings into automobile defects.

PhRMA Puts Davis Atop Advocacy Division

Nov. 11, 2010

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America is continuing the makeover of its executive ranks with the appointment of Chip Davis, a former drug company executive, to the newly created position of executive vice president of advocacy.

Lobbyists Ready for Fight Over South Korean Trade Pact

Nov. 9, 2010

Lobbying over a proposed South Korea free-trade agreement has escalated as President Barack Obama seeks to iron out differences over the pact, which has stirred up an array of opponents, including labor unions and U.S. auto giants.

K Street Tries to Woo the New Cast of Powerbrokers

Nov. 5, 2010

The financial services industry wants one thing from the 112th Congress: gridlock. Fresh off a brutal legislative fight over the sector’s new regulations, banking sources say they welcome the altered Congressional landscape with Republicans in control of the House.

Hatch Hires Lobbyist as Next Chief of Staff

Nov. 5, 2010

Michael Kennedy, the head of Utah State University’s government relations department, has been tapped by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) to be his chief of staff.

Democrats Net Loss of Dozen Seats in New York, Pennsylvania

Nov. 3, 2010

Republicans made inroads in heavily Democratic mid-Atlantic states Tuesday, picking up a hard-fought Senate seat in Pennsylvania and scoring a net increase of close to a dozen House seats, with almost half of them in New York state.

Massive Hill Losses Mean New K Street Recruits

Nov. 3, 2010

The exodus from Capitol Hill in January should provide a ready supply of talent to K Street interests, which are expected to field an unusually large crop of soon-to-be ex-lawmakers.

No Doubt About This: Record Spending

Nov. 1, 2010

One aspect of the 2010 midterm elections will be all but settled by the time polls open today: The Supreme Court’s decision earlier this year to throw out political spending restrictions has dramatically expanded the flow of money in federal elections.

AT&T, Verizon Irk GOP on Net Neutrality

Oct. 20, 2010

The prospect of big Republican gains next month has complicated any potential compromise on the net neutrality issue, especially for a trio of major players in the telecommunications sector who bet on a deal with Democrats.

Democrats Tout NRA’s Blessing

Oct. 13, 2010

This year in particular, when many Democrats are in competitive races, the National Rifle Association’s stamp of approval provides them with an opportunity to show their independence from unpopular party leaders.

Democrats Can’t Bank on Wall Street Money

Oct. 8, 2010

As Democrats raise cash for the final weeks of this campaign cycle, they shouldn’t expect the financial services industry to be their ATM. Unlike most sectors whose political action committees favor the party in power, many banks are revealing their pique with Democrats in their campaign donations.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Well Short of Planned Spending

Oct. 5, 2010

Eager to reverse many of the Obama administration’s policies, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue has vowed to spend $75 million on the upcoming Congressional elections. But with less than a month until Election Day, the nation’s leading business lobby is well short of that bold goal as it competes with other outside campaign entities for business and conservative donors.

Defense Firms Stock Up on Hill Allies

Oct. 1, 2010

As the Obama administration moves to restrain Pentagon spending, nervous defense contractors have increased their contributions to Congressional candidates, who could have the final say on the fate of multibillion-dollar weapons systems.

The Balance of News Corp. PAC Is Not to GOP

Sept. 28, 2010

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck devoted a portion of his Fox News Channel show to mocking a Napa Valley fundraiser hosted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi last year.

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