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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:

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: Don’t 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 wasn’t retiring. He announced Monday that he’s 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 nation’s 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.

K Street Files: MPAA Casts Strahan

Jan. 4, 2013

Former Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, has given Diane Strahan the role of chief operating officer, the group announced Friday.

K Street Files: Airline Group Lands New Staffer, Lawsuit; Former Senators Lobbying

Jan. 4, 2013

The lobby group for the U.S. airline industry has added a former Federal Aviation Administration policy wonk: Dan Elwell is deplaning at Airlines for America as senior vice president of safety, security and operations. He will report to A4A’s chief, Nicholas Calio.

K Street Files: Clark Lytle, Thorn Run Add New Partners

Jan. 2, 2013

The all-Republican lobby shop Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford, which has grown dramatically in recent years, is adding a new partner to kick off the new year. Mike Nielsen, who spent 16 years working on banking and financial services issues as a Senate aide, is joining from the Bennett Group, the firm of former Sen. Robert F. Bennett, R-Utah.

NRA Calls On Congress to Fund Armed Police in Schools

Dec. 21, 2012

A week after the Connecticut school massacre, the National Rifle Association called on Congress to provide funding for armed police in all of the nation’s schools.

Gun Lobby's Approach May Create Tension With Technology Advocates

Dec. 20, 2012

The emotionally charged legislative and policy debate over gun control is morphing into a fight between adherents of the First and Second amendments to the Constitution.

K Street Files: Ference Heads to Lobby Shop

Dec. 20, 2012

Mike Ference, director for strategic development and senior policy adviser to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, is leaving the Virginia Republican’s office to join Shockey Scofield Solutions.

K Street Files: Progressives Come, Single Out 'Naughty' Lawmakers

Dec. 18, 2012

John Pilecki, a retired teacher, boarded a bus in his hometown of Pittsburgh just before 5:30 Tuesday morning. He was headed for a rally at the Capitol — his first, he said, since the early 1970s, when he protested the Vietnam war.

Street Talk: 'Tax Chicks' Brought Equity to K Street

Dec. 16, 2012

Thirty years ago, a female tax lobbyist — a rarity in those days — infiltrated an informal Washington meeting of her male peers.

Gephardt, Hastert Ask Public to Prod Congress About Cliff

Dec. 14, 2012

Anyone who’s lost hope that bipartisanship can thrive in Washington during the fiscal cliff standoff ought to look to K Street. And specifically Democrat Richard Gephardt and Republican Dennis Hastert.

Forbes-Tate Lures Boehner Aide to K Street

Dec. 11, 2012

The lobby shop Forbes-Tate, which tilts strongly Democratic, has recruited a floor aide from Speaker John A. Boehner’s leadership operation, instantly doubling the firm’s Republican headcount and deepening its bench in the House.

Businesses Bet K Street Can Sway Debate

Dec. 11, 2012

The lobbying surrounding the fiscal cliff has drawn corporate giants such as Caterpillar Inc. and small enterprises including sausage-maker Glier’s Meats in Covington, Ky., to K Street in an effort to influence the outcome.

K Street Files: NAM at White House for Fiscal Cliff Talks

Dec. 10, 2012

The president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers and one of the group’s top lobbyists are slated to discuss the fiscal cliff and its ramifications for the manufacturing sector with White House officials Monday.

K Street Files: Dittus, Boyd Together Again; Invites out for Inaugural Fetes

Dec. 10, 2012

Washington is filled with holiday-themed clichés this time of year, but the folks over at Story Partners opted for one from the music industry instead to announce the addition of new Senior Vice President Trudi Boyd.

K Street Files: Skeptics Query Timing of Job Negotiation Disclosures

Dec. 7, 2012

The news that Rep. Jo Ann Emerson was taking a lobbying gig early next year broke the morning of Dec. 3. A few hours later, a one-page disclosure that the Missouri Republican was in job talks filed with the House Ethics Committee became public in the basement of the Cannon House Office Building.

Lugar Announces Post-Senate Academic Gig

Dec. 7, 2012

Longtime Sen. Richard G. Lugar, R-Ind., who lost a primary contest earlier this year, will expand his affiliation with the University of Indianapolis. He will rejoin the faculty after his term expires and help the university launch a high-level Washington internship, Lugar announced Friday.

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