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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:

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.

Revenge of the Little Shops | K Street Files

Feb. 5, 2014

For three years in a row, the total amount of on-the-record federal lobbying cash has slumped. For three years in a row, Thorn Run Partners’ piece of that total has jumped.

Bernanke Heads to Brookings' New Economic Center

Feb. 3, 2014

When ex-Federal Reserve chairman Ben S. Bernanke told reporters in December he planned to stay in Washington “for a bit of time,” he was giving credible forward guidance about his next career move.

Lobbyists Ask, Then Write, 'Where The Jobs Are'

Jan. 13, 2014

When most lobbyists exit a meeting on Capitol Hill, they leave behind a one-pager, or, if they’re really ambitious, maybe a 30-page report.

Employment Numbers Will Set Jobs Debate

Jan. 10, 2014

The latest employment report out of the Bureau of Labor Statistics provided a case study in the difficulty of using the headline numbers to assess the jobs market and peg fiscal and monetary policy to the numbers.

Jobless Numbers Add to Concern on Monetary Policy

Jan. 10, 2014

The debate on Capitol Hill over expired unemployment benefits is putting a spotlight on the still-rough labor market. The nation’s unemployment rate may be ticking closer to the Federal Reserve’s threshold of 6.5 percent, the point where the central bank will reassess its historically low interest rates. But even as the central bank has started to ease back ever so slightly on its economic stimulus program, economists from both sides of the political aisle say the jobs crisis sparked by the 2008 financial meltdown is far from over.

The Beginning of Wyden World? Former Top Aide Joins Capitol Counsel | Downtown Moves

Jan. 7, 2014

The job market on K Street looks a lot like the rest of the country’s employment situation. It’s tough.

The State of K Street | K Street Files

Jan. 7, 2014

No one expects a boom in the lobbying business this year. But out of the dysfunction and stalemate of 2013, K Streeters see signs of potential work in select areas, including a revival for an old standby: appropriations.

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