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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, Readers 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.
Business and labor don’t 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.
If a lobbying campaign is war, then opposition research is the equivalent of elite special forces.
The Campaign to Fix the Debt has added new names to the club of former lawmakers on its newly created Congressional Fiscal Leadership Council.
Two longtime aides to ex-Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., opened their own lobbying shop this month.
Debra Barrett, who has run the Washington office of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. since 2006, has taken over the drugmaker’s 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.
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.
Signaling new momentum in the defense industry’s 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.
Sen. Robert Menendez’s chief of staff sent an email to some of his boss’s 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 Menendez’s fortunes.
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 president’s remarks waiting for any mention of their clients’ causes.
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.
K Street business has hit the skids.
John Engler, president of the CEO lobby Business Roundtable, on Thursday offered his group’s 2013 policy priorities, which he said could boost the economy. The roundtable will marshal its lobbying and communications resources to push its agenda, which includes a lower corporate tax rate, comprehensive immigration legislation and changes to entitlement programs, among other matters.
Melanie Sloan, the head of a government watchdog group, said Thursday she believes federal investigators are probing Sen. Robert Menendez’s involvement in an alleged travel and prostitution scandal, but predicted that the New Jersey Democrat would not be subjected to internal Senate discipline.
The House Small Business Committee wants to make it easier for little companies that may lack Washington savvy — and pricey lobbyists — to vent their opinions on federal regulations that will affect them.
Edwina Rogers, the ex-wife of BGR lobbyist Ed Rogers, has filed a lawsuit against the couple’s former accountant, alleging breach of contract, professional negligence and infliction of emotional distress, according to recently filed court documents.
In the wake of an FBI raid on the office of a friend and political donor, Sen. Robert Menendez aggressively countered news reports Wednesday linking him to an alleged travel and prostitution scandal. And it is not yet clear whether the New Jersey Democrat is a target of any investigations by the Justice Department or the Senate Ethics Committee.
McBee Strategic Consulting has added four new executive vice presidents to its team: Ted Anderson, a former Pentagon official; Bruce Holmes, a retired Navy SEAL; Chelsea Henderson, an ex-policy adviser to former Sen. John Warner, R-Va.; and Dawn Levy O’Donnell, a former Democratic aide on the Senate Finance Committee.
The K Street-focused Bryce Harlow Foundation announced five new board members Monday: Paul Brathwaite, principal at the Podesta Group; Phil Brady, senior vice president of government affairs for Phillips 66; Peter Davidson, senior vice president for federal affairs at Verizon Communications Inc.; Craig Purser, president and CEO of the National Beer Wholesalers Association; and Angela Riemer, senior director of federal government relations at Pfizer Inc..
In a week that began with a bipartisan collection of senators unveiling a blueprint for a comprehensive bill and continues Tuesday with an address by President Barack Obama, advocates for a sweeping update of immigration laws say they will take advantage of elected officials’ posturing to press for an outcome this year.
The Obama administration may not be outwardly keen on lobbyists, but plenty of K Streeters showed up to fete the start of the president’s second term at the Ford Motor Co. inaugural gala on Monday.
Updated: Jan. 23, 8:40 a.m. | It may have been a do-little Congress, but lobbyists of all stripes made their presence felt on Capitol Hill this past year.
Former Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., is joining the public affairs firm Agenda, the outfit announced Tuesday. The firm is also bringing on Ed Schafer, a former secretary of Agriculture and North Dakota governor. Both will be senior advisers.
When President Barack Obama took office, he immediately installed unprecedented revolving-door restrictions that banned federal lobbyists from serving in his administration without a waiver. And in his rhetoric, he made no secret of his disdain for the influence industry.
Artemis Strategies has added Joe Harris Jr., counsel to retired Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., as a vice president. Harris will work with clients to advance their policy priorities before Congress and the executive branch as well as with governors, the firm said in a statement.
The influential seniors’ lobby AARP issued a warning Tuesday for members of Congress and Obama administration officials looking to narrow the deficit: Don’t do it with cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.