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Kate Ackley

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Kate Ackley is a lobbying reporter and editor for Roll Call. For more than a decade, she has covered the K Street industry and the relationship between Congress and those seeking to influence it. She is an expert on the lobbying job market, the revolving door between Capitol Hill and the private sector, the culture of K Street and on Washington, D.C.’s business community including its lobbying associations, lobbying firms, unions and corporate offices.

Before joining Roll Call in January 2005, Ackley was news editor at Influence and Legal Times. She has held reporting internships with the Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest magazine and the Fort Collins Coloradoan.

A Denver native, Ackley graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

She has appeared on CSPAN, including in a documentary about a Congressional Delegation trip in 2008 to Colombia, and on XM Satellite Radio and various other programs around the country.

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Stories by Kate Ackley:

Clark Geduldig Adds GOP Energy Lobbyist Mike Catanzaro

Dec. 9, 2014

The all-GOP lobbying shop Clark Geduldig Cranford & Nielsen is picking up a new energy policy hire with ties to House and Senate Republicans.

Hill, K Street: Grab a Drink, Get Your Party On

Dec. 5, 2014

If you’ve been stuck in the Capitol cramming on the “cromnibus” and missing the whole holiday mingling circuit, then it’s time to grab a drink and get your party on.

Know Before You Go: An Ethics Overview for Capitol Hill Holiday Parties

Dec. 1, 2014

The holiday party scene between K Street and Capitol Hill is a lot more complicated than simply deciding which event sounds like the most fun and what to wear.

K Street Files: Democratic Lobbyists Still Have Value

Nov. 19, 2014

The Democrats may have taken a pummeling in this month’s elections, but K Street still sees value in hiring them.

Ex-Rep. Bill Frenzel, Brookings Scholar, Dies at 86

Nov. 17, 2014

Former Rep. Bill Frenzel, a Minnesota Republican who spent two decades in the House and the rest of his professional life shaping trade and budgetary policy from off the Hill, died Monday at his home in McLean, Va. He was 86.

K Street Files: Is That a Lobbyist Knocking on Your Door?

Oct. 29, 2014

With the midterm elections one week away, K Street lobbyists are taking their powers of persuasion to the campaign trail. Their target audience: voters.

Hill Staffers Hit the Campaign Trail

Oct. 22, 2014

When most people think of their dream vacation, they have reveries about eating their way through Paris or chilling on a pristine beach in the Caribbean. But if you’re a Hill staffer and it’s election season, then it’s likely you’re on “vacation” holed up in a battleground district or state, lucky to just grab one meal sitting down each day.

Will All the GOP Lobbyists Please Stand Up?

Oct. 14, 2014

Kimberley Fritts may not be the Podesta Group’s typical public persona. That role most often belongs to Democratic donor and firm founder Tony Podesta.

Cantor's Top Aides: Where Are They Now?

Oct. 8, 2014

When former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced his new multimillion-dollar job with the Wall Street investment bank Moelis & Co. after he left Congress in August, it made front-page news.

Influence Industry Remembers 'Unique' Thomas H. Boggs Jr. | K Street Files

Sept. 16, 2014

Thomas H. Boggs Jr. had the clout of an oracle, the air of a senator and a joie de vivre that gleefully declared his family’s Louisiana roots.

Mini-Mega Donors Dominate Downtown Giving | K Street Files

July 29, 2014

In the jet-set world of the country’s biggest political donors, K Street can seem puny.

Who Has Time for Legislating Anyway? | K Street Files

July 16, 2014

Jeb Hensarling, chairman of the House Financial Services panel, was in a rush to recess a lengthy markup so he and the other lawmakers could make it across the street to the Capitol for evening floor votes.

Coffees, Cocktails for Cantor Staffers

June 26, 2014

Reality has set in for aides to outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and it looks something like this: coffee and cocktails with headhunters, lobbyists, chiefs of staff, old friends and business contacts. In short, anyone who can help in the job search.

A Different Type of Transition Team

June 16, 2014

The night of Eric Cantor’s defeat, his longtime aide and chief of staff, Steven Stombres, held a conference call with his team — about three dozen people whose professional worlds had just collapsed. These staff members had presumed they were working for a future speaker of the House, only to learn that they would be out of a job, many within weeks.

Unemployment Extension Cause Has Invisible Lobby | K Street Files

June 13, 2014

Walk through the Capitol South Metro station and you’ll pass SoftBank ads that festoon the walls — but you won’t see a campaign for the 3 million people hoping Congress will pass an unemployment insurance extension.

Top Cantor Aide Steve Stombres Announces Capitol Hill Departure

June 12, 2014

As House Republicans adjust to the coming transition among their leadership ranks, one longtime aide for outgoing Majority Leader Eric Cantor says he plans to leave Capitol Hill.

Cantor's Loss Worries Business Lobbyists on Export-Import Bank, Immigration

June 11, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary loss Tuesday shocked K Street and has left the business community without a crucial, well-placed ally in the ongoing battle between conservative and pro-business factions within the GOP.

Big Business' Summer Agenda | K Street Files

May 27, 2014

Big business’ summer agenda on Capitol Hill reads like one big do-over.

Obama's Unlobbyists | K Street Files

April 28, 2014

In the past week, reporters — like me — have pored over the most recent lobbying disclosures. We’re looking for stories about the revenue patterns at K Street’s notable shops.

Alignment Government Strategies, New Lobby Boutique, Comes Into Alignment | Downtown Moves

April 16, 2014

Five lobbyists at Williams & Jensen are leaving to set up their own bipartisan shop, Alignment Government Strategies.

GOP Wants More, or Less, From Obama on Trade

April 9, 2014

Congressional Republicans who support the administration’s free-trade agenda are pleading for President Barack Obama to make the issue a top priority.

Abbott Ups Haas to Top Lobbyist | Downtown Moves

April 9, 2014

Abbott Laboratories has a new chief federal lobbyist.

On Trade, Obama Faces a Tough Political Dance

April 9, 2014

In pursuing its lofty international trade agenda, the Obama administration has been courting labor unions, long the strongest supporters of the president but also perhaps the strongest skeptics of expanded free trade.

Financial Industry Warily Looks to Tea Party Conservatives for Tax Support

March 11, 2014

With Democrats and Republicans offering proposals to hit the financial sector with new taxes or fees, financial executives and lobbyists say they are re-evaluating how they will direct their political cash this election cycle and where they will seek allies on and off Capitol Hill.

Groups Try to Mute the Comcast Lobby | K Street Files

March 5, 2014

Just what will a “Comcastic” lobbying budget buy you? A growing coalition of consumer groups hopes “not a new merger” is the answer.

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