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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:

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.

K Street Files: Energy Company Taps Romney Insider

Dec. 5, 2012

Drew Maloney, a longtime lobbyist who most recently worked on the would-be transition team of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has landed a top government affairs gig at the Hess Corp.

And the Doors Go 'Round

Dec. 4, 2012

Ivan Adler made his way into a Hill office that was in a shambles: naked walls, Dumpster-style trash bins, piles of boxes, jeans-clad workers carting out the contents of what had recently been the stately domain of a sitting member of Congress.

K Street Files: FreedomWorks Looking to Connect With Minorities

Dec. 4, 2012

FreedomWorks is launching what it has dubbed the “Black, White & Brown Tour” in an unabashed effort to build support among blacks and Hispanics in preparation for the 2014 congressional elections.

New Lobbyist Leader Presses for Change on K Street

Dec. 2, 2012

If you’ve ever met Monte Ward, chances are he’s tried to convince you of the merits of lobbying.

Street Talk: Caviar Out at Ethically Kosher Hill Events

Dec. 1, 2012

Should you catch a whiff of caviar, gentle reader, you had better bolt for the exit. And beware of forks and chairs. If a member of Congress or Hill staffer can’t eat it with a toothpick while standing up, they’d best go home.

Ex-Rep. Davis, Bates Team Up

Nov. 28, 2012

Former Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Ky., is joining with veteran lobbyist Hunter Bates in forming Republic Consulting, a lobbying and consulting venture.

K Street Files: Union Members Head to the Hill; New Firm to Help Clients Find Lobbyists

Nov. 28, 2012

The Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO and other labor groups dispatched more than 100 members and organizers to Capitol Hill Wednesday as part of a national lobby day.

Lobbyists Stress Need for a 'Clean' Immigration Bill in Next Congress

Nov. 27, 2012

Even as Congress is consumed with fiscal cliff negotiations, lobbyists and activists on all sides of the immigration debate are mobilizing their grass roots, staking out policy turf and gearing up for a huge push next year.

On a Mission: Lobbying Power to the People

Nov. 26, 2012

Call it the K Street purge.

K Street Files: New Headhunter Joins Korn/Ferry

Nov. 19, 2012

President Barack Obama imposed tough restrictions on White House aides decamping for K Street, but one staffer from the Office of Presidential Personnel is becoming a headhunter for lobbyists.

K Street Files: The British Are Coming to Venn

Nov. 15, 2012

VennSquared Communications and its affiliated Venn Strategies are partnering with the London-based firm Luther Pendragon.

AARP: Seniors Don't Want Changes to Social Security, Medicare

Nov. 14, 2012

AARP, the group advocating for people ages 50 and up, released a survey Wednesday showing that most older Americans don’t want lawmakers to alter the Social Security and Medicare programs during the lame-duck session.

Lobbyists Woo New Lawmakers in D.C. Mating Dance

Nov. 13, 2012

The way lobbyists woo the incoming freshman class of lawmakers is a lot like dating. They’re seeking out people with common interests. They’re hoping to cultivate a long-term relationship. And they’re looking for that know-it-when-you-see-it spark.

U.S. Chamber Warns Lawmakers to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Nov. 13, 2012

The president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday said his group would press lawmakers over the next weeks to avoid the fiscal cliff and to buy themselves time for comprehensive tax and entitlement reforms.

Chamber: Bypass Fiscal Cliff, Add Energy to Discussion

Nov. 13, 2012

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce may have backed losing candidates in the just-concluded election, but the 100-year-old big-business lobby has no plans to retreat when it comes to playing politics.

Lobbyists Eager for Short-Term Fiscal Deal

Nov. 7, 2012

K Street’s calls for a legislative Band-Aid to carry clients past the “fiscal cliff” and into the next Congress became increasingly desperate Wednesday.

Street Talk: Plum K St. Jobs Scarce in Post-Election Market

Nov. 7, 2012

If a revolving door between government and downtown actually existed, the line to get through it in the next few weeks would easily snake for miles.

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.

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