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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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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.

K Street Files: Gun Group Hires Elmendorf; Podesta Adds Staffer

Feb. 21, 2013

The gun safety and gun control lobbying group Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has brought on the well-connected Democratic firm Elmendorf Ryan, the organization announced.

K Street Files: A Business-Labor Brotherhood?

Feb. 19, 2013

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.

Lobbyists Use Campaign-Style Opposition Research to Turn Tables on Rivals

Feb. 15, 2013

If a lobbying campaign is war, then opposition research is the equivalent of elite special forces.

K Street Files: Fix the Debt's Club of Former Members; New Lobbyists Join Meyers

Feb. 14, 2013

The Campaign to Fix the Debt has added new names to the club of former lawmakers on its newly created Congressional Fiscal Leadership Council.

Drug Industry Lobbyist Polishes Teva's Hybrid Identity

Feb. 12, 2013

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.

K Street Files: Ex-Frank Aides Open Lobbying Shop

Feb. 12, 2013

Two longtime aides to ex-Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., opened their own lobbying shop this month.

Unusual Allies Fight Sequester Cuts

Feb. 11, 2013

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.

Defense, Other Sectors Band Together To Fight Sequester

Feb. 8, 2013

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.

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

Feb. 7, 2013

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.

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 president’s 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 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.

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 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.

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 couple’s former accountant, alleging breach of contract, professional negligence and infliction of emotional distress, according to recently filed court documents.

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.

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 O’Donnell, 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 president’s second term at the Ford Motor Co. inaugural gala on Monday.

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.

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.

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.

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