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Kate Ackley


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:

Bipartisan Plan for Visa Changes Faces Business Backlash

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.

Legal Troubles Await Governors Seeking to Bar Refugees

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.

GOP Governors Say No to Syrian Refugees

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.

Ryan: 'No Idea' How Long I'll Be Speaker

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.”

Tribal Lobbying Is Booming After Abramoff Scandal

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.

Ex-Lawmakers Push for Campaign Finance Overhaul

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.

Boehner Team in Place to Show Him the Money

Nov. 5, 2015

Boehner Inc. begins.

Boehner May Do More Than Golf After Congress

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.

Taxpayers Foot Bill for Boehner's Post-Speaker Office

Nov. 2, 2015

Updated 6:10 p.m. | Looking for John A. Boehner? Try the Longworth House Office Building.

It's All in the Family for Ryan on Speaker Day

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.

Grass Roots to Ryan: Show, Don't Tell, on Budget Deal

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.

It's Already Go Time for Ryan's Speaker Staff

Oct. 26, 2015

Everybody knows Dave Hoppe — at least that’s how it seems in Washington’s GOP circles.

Ryan Staffing Up for Speaker's Office

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.

Chamber's Donohue 'Doubling Down' for 2016

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.

Who Whispers in Paul Ryan's Ear?

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.

Wanted: House Speaker Willing to Compromise, Poll Says

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.

The Fight for the GOP's Soul Rages On

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.

Outside Influences Seek to Sway House GOP Leadership Races

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.

K Street Crushed, Conservatives Elated over Boehner Departure

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.

Poll: Pope Francis Unlikely to Spur Climate Legislation

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.

Vatican Eschews K Street But Has Ear of Congress

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.

Holy Lobbying: Climate, Abortion in Spotlight for Pope's Visit

Sept. 9, 2015

K Street advocates will seek divine policy intervention when Pope Francis arrives on Capitol Hill.

Gingrich Weighs in on Trump, Boehner and Changing GOP

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.

Billionaire Donors Bypass K Street

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.

Hastert's Lobbying Firm Rocked by His Indictment

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.

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