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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:

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

Feb. 7, 2013

Sen. Robert Menendezs chief of staff sent an email to some of his bosss 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 Menendezs 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 presidents remarks waiting for any mention of their clients 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.

Street Talk: Unregistered Lobbyists Keep Business Humming

Feb. 3, 2013

K Street business has hit the skids.

Business Roundtable Head Says CEOs Will Be Visible Lobbyists

Jan. 31, 2013

John Engler, president of the CEO lobby Business Roundtable, on Thursday offered his groups 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.

Ethics Watchdog Believes Menendez Is Probe Target

Jan. 31, 2013

Melanie Sloan, the head of a government watchdog group, said Thursday she believes federal investigators are probing Sen. Robert Menendezs involvement in an alleged travel and prostitution scandal, but predicted that the New Jersey Democrat would not be subjected to internal Senate discipline.

K Street Files: No Lobbyist? No Problem, Graves Says

Jan. 31, 2013

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.

K Street Files: Edwina Rogers Suing Ex-Accountant

Jan. 31, 2013

Edwina Rogers, the ex-wife of BGR lobbyist Ed Rogers, has filed a lawsuit against the couples former accountant, alleging breach of contract, professional negligence and infliction of emotional distress, according to recently filed court documents.

Menendez Pushes Back on Scandal Implications

Jan. 30, 2013

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.

K Street Files: Defense, Tax Aides Join McBee

Jan. 29, 2013

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 ODonnell, a former Democratic aide on the Senate Finance Committee.

K Street Files: New Faces at Harlow Foundation, Thorn Run

Jan. 28, 2013

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..

Broad Coalition Prods for Action on Immigration

Jan. 28, 2013

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.

K Street Files: At Start of Second Term, Lobbyists Get Over Obama's Cold Shoulder

Jan. 22, 2013

The Obama administration may not be outwardly keen on lobbyists, but plenty of K Streeters showed up to fete the start of the presidents second term at the Ford Motor Co. inaugural gala on Monday.

Interests' Presence Felt In 2012, Filings Show

Jan. 22, 2013

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.

K Street Files: Two Jobs Better Than One for Nelson

Jan. 22, 2013

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.

Obama Expected to Ease Lobby Posture

Jan. 20, 2013

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.

K Street Files: Lieberman Aide to Artemis Strategies

Jan. 18, 2013

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.

AARP Warns Against Cutting Entitlements to Solve Budget Crises

Jan. 15, 2013

The influential seniors lobby AARP issued a warning Tuesday for members of Congress and Obama administration officials looking to narrow the deficit: Dont do it with cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Fiscal Battles Portend Good Year Ahead for K Street

Jan. 14, 2013

When the congressional agenda includes cuts to entitlements and defense programs, a fight over the debt ceiling and potential tax changes that could affect virtually every sector of the economy, you can bet on one thing: Lobbyists will be very busy this year.

K Street Files: Ex-Rep. Bartlett Going to Levick

Jan. 14, 2013

When former Rep. Steve Bartlett, R-Texas, stepped down last year from the Financial Services Roundtable, he said he wasnt retiring. He announced Monday that hes joining the crisis communications firm Levick as a strategic policy adviser.

Fiscal Cliff Resolution Leaves Some Republicans Miffed at CEOs

Jan. 10, 2013

The Fix the Debt campaign announced Thursday that 40 more corporate CEOs and business leaders had joined its cause. To some congressional denizens, that could translate into 40 more people with whom they are miffed.

Chamber Urges More Robust Energy, Trade and Regulatory Policies

Jan. 10, 2013

The nations economy will rebound faster if Congress and the Obama administration avoid future fiscal crises and work instead to advance more robust energy, trade and regulatory policies, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue said Thursday.

K Street Files: TCH Group, Polaris Add Lobbyists

Jan. 9, 2013

Allison Nyholm, most recently a policy adviser at the American Petroleum Institute, has joined the lobby shop TCH Group as a partner, the firm announced Wednesday.

K Street Files: Fahrenkopf Leaving AGA

Jan. 7, 2013

Frank Fahrenkopf, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association, announced Monday that he is stepping down June 30.

Pro-Israel Groups Split on Hagel Nomination

Jan. 7, 2013

Even before President Barack Obama officially nominated former Sen. Chuck Hagel to head the Pentagon, Jewish and pro-Israel lobbying organizations were staking out positions for and against the Nebraska Republican.

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