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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:

Out of Prison, Ex-Lobbyist Pushes Sentencing Overhaul

May 18, 2015

Kevin Ring helped write a bill in the 1990s that toughened penalties for methamphetamine charges. Now, recently out of prison, the former Team Abramoff lobbyist says he wants Congress to overhaul the nation’s justice system and to undo mandatory minimum requirements altogether.

Sunni Sheikh Comes to Washington Seeking Arms, Aid

May 18, 2015

Amid the chaos of his home city Ramadi’s fall Sunday to Islamic State fighters, a senior Sunni tribal leader arrived in Washington, D.C., to warn lawmakers and senior administration officials this week of Iran’s growing influence in the war-torn region.

Japan Taps Lobbyists to Bolster U.S. Ties

April 27, 2015

The government of Japan knows its way around K Street.

Supporters Say Schumer's Ties, Interests Go Beyond Wall Street

March 30, 2015

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, the presumed next Democratic leader in the chamber, has deep ties in the lobbying and influence sector — and a reputation for being cozy with Wall Street. 

Lobbyists-Turned-Staffers Disclose Salaries, Clients

March 25, 2015

Lobbyists who left K Street in recent months to take jobs on Capitol Hill left behind big salaries and numerous clients that have a stake in the debates their new bosses are engaged in.

Permanent 'Doc Fix' Could Shift K Street Business

March 19, 2015

Some health care lobbyists pushing for a permanent “doc fix” say privately they are beginning to fret about what a long-term solution would mean for their own business.

Clinton Controversy Highlights Gaps in Email Rules for Members

March 10, 2015

Despite gripes on Capitol Hill that Hillary Rodham Clinton’s email practices may deprive the public of important insight into her tenure at the State Department, Congress has subjected itself to a hodgepodge of electronic data protocols, with much left to the whims of lawmakers.

House Republicans Accuse Fed Chairwoman of 'Partisan Politics'

Feb. 25, 2015

House Republicans accused Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen of working in concert with the Obama administration Wednesday, as they attacked her opposition to greater congressional oversight of the central bank.

“I hear you taking a Democrat line,” Rep. Sean P. Duffy, R-Wis., told Yellen in an especially heated exchange during the Fed leader’s semi-annual appearance before the House Financial Services panel.

The Republicans were taking on Yellen’s opposition to legislation nicknamed “Audit the Fed,” that would set up new reporting responsibilities on internal monetary policy discussions. Yellen and other Fed officials have said the measures would undermine the central bank’s independence.

K Street Donors Make Early White House Picks | K Street Files

Feb. 24, 2015

They’re not billionaire industrialists poised to bankroll millions in the 2016 campaign, but K Street still matters to the crop of aspiring presidential candidates.

K Street Files: McBee Shop Rebuilding Under Wiley Rein

Feb. 10, 2015

Rob Chamberlin never took his ex-boss, Steve McBee, for the type who would sell his K Street outfit to a big, multinational advertising conglomerate.

K Street Files: Realtors Rack Up Record Lobby Tab

Jan. 27, 2015

If you’re looking to pick a fight with the National Association of Realtors, the group just may have a coded message into its recent lobbying disclosures: Watch out.

K Street Files: Some Ex-Members Lining Up Gigs

Jan. 13, 2015

It took hardly any time at all for just-retired Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.

Harbinger Strategies Adds Manny Rossman | Downtown Moves

Jan. 7, 2015

Harbinger Strategies, the just-opened firm of ex-aides to Eric Cantor, has added a fourth lobbyist: Manny Rossman, a former Senate leadership staffer who was previously with the Breaux Lott Leadership Group.

K Street Files: Steve McBee on Leaving His Shop (Updated)

Dec. 23, 2014

Updated Dec. 26, 11:40 a.m. | Steve McBee never was your typical K Street character.

Heritage Action Staffers Migrate to House

Dec. 19, 2014

Heritage Action for America is losing three staffers, including its top House lobbyist, to a trio of newbies in the 114th Congress.

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.

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