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Kate Ackley

Bio:

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:

Lieberman Moving to AEI

March 11, 2013

The think tank American Enterprise Institute announced Monday that former Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut is joining the group as a visiting fellow. Lieberman, who was a Democrat and then later an independent, will also co-chair AEIís American Internationalism Project with former Republican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona.

K Street Files: Brown Joins Law Firm

March 11, 2013

The Boston office of law and lobbying firm Nixon Peabody has nabbed former Sen. Scott P. Brown, R-Mass., as counsel.

Thune, Wasserman Schultz Praise New Video Game Lobby Effort

March 11, 2013

The video game lobby on Monday announced a new campaign that will include a series of public service announcements aimed at parents ó the industryís latest response to the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., that some have linked to violent media.

K Street Files: Cassidy Lands Recurring Role in 'House of Cards'

March 10, 2013

The opening credits of Netflixís inside-the-Beltway show ďHouse of CardsĒ offer glimpses of iconic D.C. spots such as the Capitol, the FBIís J. Edgar Hoover Building and statues of soldiers on horses.

K Street Files: Podesta Looks Abroad

March 7, 2013

The Podesta Group this week launched a new company, Global Solutions. Arturo Sarukhan, a former Mexican ambassador to the United States, will serve as its chairman.

Video Game Industry Flies Solo

March 3, 2013

It didnít take long after the December elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., for the debate to evolve into one pitting the First Amendment against the Second Amendment.

Home Sweet K Street

March 2, 2013

The business of lobbying thrives on face time and the subtleties of in-person contact. Lobbyists pay good money to get into a fundraiser for a quick chat with a lawmaker. And meetings in a congressional office, well, those are close to priceless.

K Street Files: Patton Boggs Cuts 65 Employees

March 1, 2013

The lobbying and law firm Patton Boggs, the cityís biggest K Street practice, laid off 30 lawyers and 35 other employees including more than 20 people in Washington, D.C., according to multiple news reports Friday.

K Street Files: Ben Nelson Forming New Firm

March 1, 2013

Former Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., announced Friday that he is setting up an Omaha consulting and government affairs shop called Heartland Strategy Group.

K Street Files: Hey, Is That Jack Abramoff Dressed as a $100 Bill?

Feb. 27, 2013

At the height of D.C.ís spring tourist season, visitors may very well witness something bizarre: A flock of activists dressed as $100 bills running from K Street to Capitol Hill.

Entertainment Groups Launch Effort to Let Parents Screen Out Violent Content

Feb. 27, 2013

Lobbying groups for the entertainment industry on Wednesday announced plans to roll out a campaign to showcase a ratings system and online tools that can help parents keep tabs on what kids watch.

Web Entrepreneur Tries to Bridge K Street and Grass-Roots Advocacy

Feb. 26, 2013

Chris Hull, a former partner with DCI Group who has spent the past several years building a free grass-roots lobbying website called BlastRoots.com, is turning to his former K Street clients and colleagues as he attempts to turn a profit.

K Street Files: Manufacturers, Citing Job Losses, Oppose Carbon Tax

Feb. 26, 2013

Congress and the White House, like most of K Street, may be consumed with the latest fiscal crisis. But even though a carbon tax seems like a policy relic from the past, the National Association of Manufacturers has decided to keep the heat on against the possibility.

K Street Files: Lugar Takes Over Hotel Association

Feb. 26, 2013

Katherine Lugar, a top lobbyist at the Retail Industry Leaders Association, will take the helm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association starting April 17 and plans to step up the groupís lobbying profile.

K Street Files: Gun Group Hires Elmendorf; Podesta Adds Staffer

Feb. 21, 2013

The gun safety and gun control lobbying group Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has brought on the well-connected Democratic firm Elmendorf Ryan, the organization announced.

K Street Files: A Business-Labor Brotherhood?

Feb. 19, 2013

Business and labor donít agree on all that much, but representatives of the two sectors have joined to collaborate on the Partnership for Multiemployer Retirement Security. The partnership on Tuesday released a report, billed as offering private sector solutions, to help shore up ailing pension plans.

Lobbyists Use Campaign-Style Opposition Research to Turn Tables on Rivals

Feb. 15, 2013

If a lobbying campaign is war, then opposition research is the equivalent of elite special forces.

K Street Files: Fix the Debt's Club of Former Members; New Lobbyists Join Meyers

Feb. 14, 2013

The Campaign to Fix the Debt has added new names to the club of former lawmakers on its newly created Congressional Fiscal Leadership Council.

Drug Industry Lobbyist Polishes Teva's Hybrid Identity

Feb. 12, 2013

Debra Barrett, who has run the Washington office of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. since 2006, has taken over the drugmakerís global government affairs portfolio. As part of her new role, the former Senate staffer will oversee a new division tasked with developing public policy for the company.

K Street Files: Ex-Frank Aides Open Lobbying Shop

Feb. 12, 2013

Two longtime aides to ex-Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., opened their own lobbying shop this month.

Unusual Allies Fight Sequester Cuts

Feb. 11, 2013

Defense industry insiders joined with advocates for public health, research universities and other sectors that rely on federal funds Monday to issue a combined call to stop the upcoming sequester cuts.

Defense, Other Sectors Band Together To Fight Sequester

Feb. 8, 2013

Signaling new momentum in the defense industryís fight against automatic spending cuts, a broad coalition that includes university, military, public health and science groups will announce its plans to fend off the looming sequester.

Menendez's Chief of Staff Provides Talking Points to Rebut Scandal

Feb. 7, 2013

Sen. Robert Menendezís chief of staff sent an email to some of his bossís closest supporters Wednesday that supplies talking points to combat news reports linking the New Jersey Democrat to a potential travel and ethics scandal. The missive offers an inside glimpse into the behind-the-scenes public relations campaign to bolster Menendezís fortunes.

Lobbyists Vie for Mentions in State of the Union

Feb. 6, 2013

Washington lobbyists listen to the State of the Union address the way they read Beltway insider books. Like flipping straight to the index to find their names, they hang on the presidentís remarks waiting for any mention of their clientsí causes.

Defense Industry Braces for Sequester While Publicly Urging Alternatives to Cuts

Feb. 4, 2013

The Aerospace Industries Association, which has waged a two-year campaign to fight automatic defense cuts imposed by Congress, plans to add staff to its lobbying and communications divisions and is ramping up its messaging with fewer than four weeks before the ax is set to fall.

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