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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:

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.

Street Talk: K Street Hiring Chill Leaves Members Cold

March 16, 2013

It’s not as if they’re setting up outside of Union Station with “Will Work for Food” signs, but the cadre of ex-members from the 112th Congress is finding a lukewarm hiring market downtown.

K Street Files: Ex-Rep. Berman Goes to Covington

March 13, 2013

Former Rep. Howard L. Berman, the California Democrat who lost a bitter and costly congressional race in November to fellow incumbent Rep. Brad Sherman, is joining the law and lobbying firm Covington & Burling, the firm will announce Thursday.

K Street Files: Under Attack, Gamers Add In-House Lobbyists

March 13, 2013

The Entertainment Software Association, the video game lobby, has added a new bipartisan duo to its roster: Ali Amirhooshmand and Danielle Rodman are joining the group as directors of federal government affairs.

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 AEI’s American Internationalism Project with former Republican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona.

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 — the industry’s latest response to the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., that some have linked to violent media.

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.

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

March 10, 2013

The opening credits of Netflix’s inside-the-Beltway show “House of Cards” offer glimpses of iconic D.C. spots such as the Capitol, the FBI’s 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 didn’t 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 city’s 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.’s 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, 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 group’s lobbying profile.

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