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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:

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 cityís 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.ís 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 BlastRoots.com, is turning to his former K Street clients and colleagues as he attempts to turn a profit.

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 groupís lobbying profile.

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: 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 donít 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 drugmakerís 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 industryís 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 Menendezís chief of staff sent an email to some of his bossís 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 Menendezís 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 presidentís remarks waiting for any mention of their clientsí 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 groupís 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 Menendezís 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 ó and pricey lobbyists ó 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 coupleís 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.

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