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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:

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Gary Lytle Begins Long Goodbye | Downtown Moves

Dec. 11, 2013

Gary Lytle is the kind of lobbyist whose informal “references” include a bipartisan duo of former members of Congress.

Partying Within the Rules | K Street Files

Dec. 4, 2013

Hide the silverware. Stow the dinner plates. And definitely keep that 100-year-old cognac corked.

Earmark Ban Hits Lobbyists' Influence on Spending Bills

Nov. 15, 2013

If the lobbying world of K Street was as powerful as its public image, earmarks would be back in full force in Congress — or, maybe, they never would have gone away.

For Some, Absence of Earmarks Brings 'Pure Insanity'

Nov. 15, 2013

The number of clients looking for help navigating the appropriations process has taken a sharp decline. Last year, about 3,500 clients retained lobbyists for help in budget and appropriations matters, according to Lobbying Disclosure Act data compiled by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

Conservative Groups Taper Views on Yellen Confirmation

Nov. 13, 2013

Conservative groups that led the charge during the October fiscal fights plan to sit out the high-profile confirmation debate over Janet L. Yellen to chair the Federal Reserve.

Who Does Congress Listen to Most? | K Street Files

Nov. 5, 2013

It might just be the ultimate insiders’ strategy: When pressing a client’s cause, try to catch the ear of the two offices that Congress most cares about to spread your message.

What's a Hill Résumé Worth on K Street? Maybe Not $500K

Oct. 1, 2013

If you’re a Capitol Hill staffer eyeing a K Street gig — and let’s face it, who isn’t? — you might want to avoid Rep. Phil Gingrey’s advice when it comes to salary expectations.

Trade Reports Offer Competing Data

Sept. 25, 2013

No matter which side of the trade debate a group is on, it is almost certain to invoke a recent study on jobs to bolster its argument.

Trade Policy Hardly on Labor's Fast Track

Sept. 25, 2013

While negotiators met at the office of the U.S. Trade Representative late last week in their latest bid to thrash out the many details in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a boisterous collection of union organizers and other activists made clear there is only one detail that matters to them: jobs.

Summers Fight Signals Fractured Trust Between Obama, Senate Democrats

Sept. 17, 2013

If the failed candidacy of Larry H. Summers to head the Federal Reserve is any indication, the White House’s relationship with Senate Democrats needs a great deal of work at a crucial time for looming fiscal fights.

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