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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:

Mountain: Incumbents Win Big by Stepping Away From Barack Obama

Nov. 7, 2012

Despite a pair of competitive House races in Colorado and a tossup Senate contest in Montana, voters in the mountain region stuck with their incumbents on Election Day.

K Street Lobbying for Votes

Nov. 6, 2012

Empty offices. Lobbyists scattered across the country volunteering on campaigns. This is K Street on Election Day.

Where to Go Election Day & Night

Nov. 5, 2012

From yoga for voters to parties that will go until the counts come home, we’ve got a roundup of the hottest events and specials to take you from Election Day to night.

K Street Files: Williams Mullen Adds LaRocco

Nov. 5, 2012

Matthew LaRocco, most recently with Arnold & Porter and the son of former Rep. Larry LaRocco (D-Idaho), has joined Williams Mullen as a director of government affairs.

Colorado: Presidential Candidates to Cycle Through Battleground Districts

Nov. 2, 2012

The contenders in two tight Colorado Congressional races that have attracted national attention and money have embarked on their final push before Election Day. And the homestretch in the Centennial State will bring the top of the ticket from both parties, with President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney scheduling events this weekend.

Alzheimer’s Group Intensifies Grass-Roots Strategy

Nov. 1, 2012

Just about everybody, it seems, wants Mattye Pollard-Cole’s vote. President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney have circulated through her home state of Colorado multiple times, and her congressional district in suburban Denver is the scene of a tossup race attracting the attention and dollars of national groups.

AFL-CIO's Richard Trumka Heading to Ohio for Campaign's Final Days

Nov. 1, 2012

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said today he will head to Ohio for the final four days before the elections as part of the labor group’s get-out-the-vote strategy on behalf of President Barack Obama and downballot Democrats nationwide.

K Street Files: Ogilvy Teams Up With Tax Lobby GDS

Oct. 31, 2012

In an effort to rebuild after losing some of its top rainmakers earlier this year, Ogilvy Government Relations has inked a strategic alliance with the boutique tax lobby GDS Strategies.

K Street Lobbyists Ready for Post-Sandy Disaster Aid Requests

Oct. 30, 2012

While official Washington remained closed today, lobbyists said they were already working with clients from big financial institutions to small East Coast towns in storm-ravaged areas to assess what they might ask of the federal government when it reopens Wednesday.

K Street Lobbyists Hit the Campaign Trail in Virginia

Oct. 28, 2012

Democrats Maureen Walsh and Andy Rosenberg, both lobbyists in D.C., used their skills of professional persuasion Saturday to convince undecided voters to cast their ballots for Rep. Gerry Connolly and other Democrats on the ticket in the battleground state of Virginia.

Defense Lobby Presses White House to Start Sequester Talks, Make Good on Debate Remark

Oct. 23, 2012

The president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association called on the White House and Congress today to make good on President Barack Obama’s statement in Monday’s debate that automatic defense cuts will not happen.

K Street Lobbyists Decamp to the Campaign Trail

Oct. 22, 2012

During the next two weeks, Republican and Democratic lobbyists will leave their comfortable offices, tap into their reserve of vacation days, put clients and family commitments on hold and head out to work on the campaigns of former bosses and other favorite politicians.

K Street Files: Wingate Goes to MetLife; CVS’ New Lobbyist

Oct. 19, 2012

Heather Wingate, the former head of federal government affairs at Citigroup, has joined MetLife Inc. She will lead the insurance firm’s federal government relations office in Washington, D.C.

Lobbyists Might Join Romney’s Team

Oct. 15, 2012

GOP nominee Mitt Romney has pledged to create 12 million jobs if elected president. Republican lobbyists have their eyes on just a handful of positions in the executive branch should he prevail.

Contractors Ignore GOP Warnings on Layoffs

Oct. 10, 2012

Despite growing warnings from GOP Senators, government contractors appear unconvinced that they must issue sequester-related layoff notices before the elections next month to comply with federal law.

K Street Files: Gephardt Group Hires GOP Aide

Oct. 10, 2012

Gephardt Government Affairs, the lobby shop of former Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.), has added Rob Epplin as a vice president. Epplin was legislative director for Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and spent 23 years in government service, including on the Senate Finance Committee and with the Office of Management and Budget.

Campaign Fundraisers in D.C. Continue Despite Recess

Oct. 3, 2012

After Congress all but shut down last month so Members could campaign in their states and districts, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle reappeared in Washington, D.C., this week where they hit up lobbyists and political action committees for contributions.

K Street Files: Sen. Ron Johnson Aide Goes to Lobby Shop

Oct. 3, 2012

Alan Elias, a policy adviser to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and a former aide to then-Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), has signed with the lobby firm Mercury/Clark & Weinstock as a vice president.

K Street Files: Red Cross Names New Chief Lobbyist

Oct. 2, 2012

Cherae Bishop will become senior vice president for government relations at the American Red Cross on Oct. 15, the group announced today.

Retailers Warn Congress on 'Fiscal Cliff'

Oct. 2, 2012

The National Retail Federation, which lobbies on behalf of companies such as Macy’s and Kohl’s, today predicted solid growth for the upcoming holiday season. But the trade group warned lawmakers that the “fiscal cliff” of looming tax increases and spending cuts could hurt consumer spending at a critical time for the industry.

K Street Files: Tracking Lobbyists for Other Countries

Oct. 1, 2012

One in every $8 spent lobbying Congress and federal agencies comes from foreign governments. If there's one fact that sticks with readers of "The Foreign Policy Auction," author Ben Freeman hopes it's that.

Colorado: Steelworkers Back Pace, Appear In New Ad

Oct. 1, 2012

The United Steelworkers Union today endorsed Sal Pace, the Democrat who is running against Rep. Scott Tipton (R) in the state’s 3rd district. And Pace went up with a new ad, his campaign’s third, that features a local steelworker.

K Street Files: Ogilvy Government Relations Nabs Two GOPers

Sept. 27, 2012

After losing several of its lobbyists in recent months, the WPP-owned shop Ogilvy Government Relations has added two Republican partners.

K Street Files: Ben & Jerry's Co-Founder Puts Stamp on Campaign Finance

Sept. 26, 2012

Ben & Jerry's co-founder Ben Cohen wants to clean up government, but he has fielded a lot of questions lately over whether he might be breaking the law in the process.

K Street Follows Lawmakers Outside the Beltway

Sept. 26, 2012

When Members of Congress left town to campaign last week, they weren't alone. Lobbyists and advocacy groups followed the lawmakers home to ramp up their own messaging, lest Congress forget about them during the fall campaign season.

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