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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:

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.

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.

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