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, Readers 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.
Stories by Kate Ackley:
Nov. 19, 2015
Efforts to curb a visa-waiver program in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks may win bipartisan support in Congress but already are stirring backlash from industries that thrive on foreign visitors.
Nov. 16, 2015
Governors could be opening their states to costly court challenges as they try to block Syrian refugees from settling in the United States after the Islamic State claimed responsibility for terrorist attacks in Paris.
Nov. 16, 2015
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott dispatched a message Monday to President Barack Obama: Syrian refugees will be unwelcome in the Lone Star State.
Nov. 15, 2015
Speaker Paul D. Ryan, after two weeks on the job, said he has “no idea” how long he may lead the House, committing only to the 14 months left in the current Congress during an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes.”
Nov. 15, 2015
The Gila River Indian Community, an Arizona tribe that operates casinos near Phoenix wants to stop another tribe from opening a rival enterprise. So Gila River mobilized its lobbyists at Washington’s biggest firm.
Nov. 5, 2015
A new caucus of former elected officials — now freed of chasing money to keep their seats — is pushing for a comprehensive campaign finance overhaul.
Nov. 5, 2015
Boehner Inc. begins.
Nov. 4, 2015
Updated 10:51 a.m. | Former Speaker John A. Boehner may have more than golf on his post-congressional to-do list.
Nov. 2, 2015
Updated 6:10 p.m. | Looking for John A. Boehner? Try the Longworth House Office Building.
Oct. 29, 2015
Updated 12:45 p.m. | It was a job he said he didn’t want — largely because of the toll it may take on his family.
Oct. 27, 2015
Paul D. Ryan isn’t even House speaker yet, but conservative grass-roots activists say he can’t hide while his predecessor moves a budget and debt-limit deal they despise. Their message: Ryan must lead — now.
Oct. 26, 2015
Everybody knows Dave Hoppe — at least that’s how it seems in Washington’s GOP circles.
Oct. 25, 2015
If he’s elected speaker Thursday, Paul D. Ryan plans to name David Hoppe — a man best known around the Capitol for his Senate experience — to be his chief of staff.
Oct. 23, 2015
Thomas Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, pledged Friday to “double down” on Capitol Hill and on the campaign trail against the ultra-conservative forces that threaten the business community’s agenda.
Oct. 21, 2015
After the 1994 elections handed Republicans control of the House, freshman Sam Brownback of Kansas searched for a legislative director. His pick: A boyish, almost 25-year-old policy wonk named Paul D. Ryan, who had left the Hill for a policy job.
Oct. 14, 2015
Even though conservative rebels within the GOP conference want a staunch conservative to replace Speaker John A. Boehner, most Americans say they’d prefer a new House leader who is willing to compromise, a new Economist/YouGov poll found.
Oct. 1, 2015
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce plans to shatter its previous political spending records during the 2016 elections in a campaign aimed not only at defeating Democrats but also at winning back the soul of the Republican Party.
Sept. 28, 2015
Conservative activists are mobilizing to sway the House GOP leadership contests, as K Street lobbyists say they are quietly offering their own counsel and behind-the-scenes help to favored contenders.
Sept. 25, 2015
In a testament to the deep divide between the business and tea party wings of the Republican Party, the news of Speaker John A. Boehner's pending departure left K Street lobbyists reeling and conservative activists jubilant.
Sept. 22, 2015
Americans largely regard Pope Francis as influential in world affairs, but few respondents in a new poll believe his speech to Congress this week will inspire lawmakers to move bills on climate change and immigration.
Sept. 16, 2015
Pope Francis' arrival in the nation’s capital next week will spark plenty of lobbying, but the Holy See itself hasn’t converted to the rituals of K Street.
Sept. 9, 2015
K Street advocates will seek divine policy intervention when Pope Francis arrives on Capitol Hill.
Aug. 6, 2015
Newt Gingrich doesn’t see a viable threat to John A. Boehner’s gavel, but the intra-GOP angst with the current House speaker as well as Donald Trump’s rise in the presidential race expose a party at a crossroads.
July 29, 2015
When the country’s top political mega-donors want to get something for their corporations from Congress, chances are K Street is not their first call.
June 1, 2015
Ex-Speaker J. Dennis Hastert’s sudden resignation from his K Street firm is the latest and most public setback for Dickstein Shapiro, a shop already scrambling to rebuild amid a client exodus, tumbling lobbying revenue and high-profile employee departures.