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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:

Larry Summers Fed Talk Gets K Street Hopping

Sept. 10, 2013

Lawrence H. Summers may not be a lobbyist, but he is generating plenty of business on K Street.

Chris Battle, Former Hill and Administration Staffer, Dies at 45

Aug. 8, 2013

Chris Battle, a former Capitol Hill and administration aide who went on to a career in the private sector, died Thursday morning at age 45.

One-Time Abramoff Insider Appeals to Supreme Court

July 9, 2013

The legal case of Kevin Ring is compelling in itself.

Despite Trips, No Downtime for Donors

June 4, 2013

The summer of a lobbyist might feature a jaunt to Martha’s Vineyard, a weekend getaway to the posh Greenbrier resort in West Virginia and excursions for sipping pinot in Portland and fly-fishing in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Controversy Buoys Political-Intelligence Efforts

May 7, 2013

A suspicious stock spike might boost legislation that seeks to bring a clandestine class of Wall Street representatives into the daylight.

White House Nominates Rep. Watt to Housing Agency; GOP Opposition Likely

May 1, 2013

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he would nominate Rep. Melvin Watt to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the regulator that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but the initial response from some lawmakers and industry representatives suggests a sharp political fight over his confirmation.

GOP Raises Heat on CFPB's Cordray

April 23, 2013

Republicans on the Senate Banking Committee questioned Richard Cordray, the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, on Tuesday about the agency’s data collection and offered other criticisms about the agency’s structure. But the bigger story may be in who wasn’t there for the hearing.

Partisan Detente at Bryce Harlow Dinner

April 17, 2013

The scene at the annual Bryce Harlow Foundation awards dinner is always a little otherworldly — by Washington standards. It’s a place where lawmakers laud lobbyists and Republican politicians unabashedly fete Democrats.

K Street Files: Former Obama Health Care Guru Heads to K Street

April 7, 2013

Who says Obama insiders don’t go to K Street?

AARP Warns Against Use of Chained CPI

April 5, 2013

The AARP today released a poll with a message for Congress: Vote for the budget proposal known as chained CPI at your peril.

K Street Files: Hertling Heads to Covington; Patton Boggs Sets Up in Dubai

April 3, 2013

Veteran congressional aide Richard Hertling, most recently staff director and chief counsel for the House Judiciary Committee, is joining Covington & Burling’s global public policy and government affairs practice.

Street Talk: The Curious Cases of Vanishing Lobbyists

April 1, 2013

Edward Newberry, a partner in Patton Boggs’ public policy and lobbying division, had an enviable book of business in 2011, based on his federal disclosure reports.

K Street Files: CEOs Lobby for Tax Reform

April 1, 2013

Twenty-one CEOs of some of the country’s biggest companies had a message Monday for members of Congress. They want comprehensive tax reform, and that’s no April Fools’ joke.

K Street Files: Former Hoyer Aide to Lead Drug Group Lobbying

March 28, 2013

The Generic Pharmaceutical Association has filled a prescription for its top lobbyist: Melissa Schulman, a longtime lobbyist with the Bockorny Group and a former congressional aide to Democratic members, will serve as the group’s senior vice president of government affairs.

K Street Files: SEIU Launches Immigration Ads

March 26, 2013

The Service Employees International Union on Tuesday announced a new round of cable TV advertising in support of a comprehensive immigration overhaul. The ads, worth $300,000, are set to begin Wednesday.

Attorneys for Bachmann, Consultant Say Ethics Allegations Unfounded

March 25, 2013

Lawyers for Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and one of her campaign consultants said on Monday that their clients had done nothing wrong, despite news reports that the congresswoman may be under investigation for campaign finance violations.

All Eyes on Supreme Court as Activists Descend on D.C.

March 25, 2013

Activists on both sides of the debate over same-sex marriage are saying “I do” this week to rallies and other demonstrations that coincide with oral arguments in two pivotal Supreme Court cases.

Grass-Roots Lobbying Tactics Evade Public Eye

March 21, 2013

As part of a lobbying campaign to persuade Congress to regulate the fees that merchants pay when customers use debit cards, the firm DCI Group scheduled hundreds of Hill meetings and generated more than 31,500 constituent calls to congressional offices.

K Street Files: A Mile-High Client and Kildee's Continuing Cause

March 21, 2013

The city and county of Denver has a new lobbying firm on retainer: Greenberg Traurig.

Lobbying Without a Trace

March 20, 2013

Nearly half of the lobbyists who were registered with Congress in 2011 and then went “inactive” in 2012 remained with the same employer, and many continued to influence public policy, according to a study released Wednesday.

Unlikely Alliance Presses for Sunscreen Approvals

March 19, 2013

An unusual coalition of skin cancer groups, dermatologists and companies that make sunscreens is prodding Congress and the Food and Drug Administration to speed up approvals for new ingredients to block the sun’s rays.

K Street Files: FTI Consulting Snaps Up C2 Group

March 19, 2013

The C2 Group is off the market.

K Street Files: Bono Mack Lands Lobbying Gig

March 19, 2013

Former Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., who lost her bid for an eighth full term in November, has joined FaegreBD Consulting as a senior vice president, the firm announced Tuesday.

K Street Files: Mercury Shop Adds Rehberg

March 18, 2013

Former Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., is setting up shop at the lobbying and communications firm Mercury/Clark & Weinstock.

Business Group's Bid for Tax Rewrite Is More Than a Hoop Dream

March 18, 2013

The head of the Business Roundtable on Monday used a conference table festooned with miniature basketballs to launch the group’s new campaign for an overhaul of the U.S. tax system.

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