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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:

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.

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: 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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