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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:

Democrats Try to Squelch House Republican Immigration Effort

Sept. 18, 2012

The White House and Congressional Democrats are looking to scuttle Republican legislation to provide visas to high-skilled immigrants in what could prove to be the last bit of immigration politics on Capitol Hill before Election Day.

Street Talk: From K Street to School Corridors

Sept. 18, 2012

Last week, John Scheibel listened carefully as a House Judiciary Committee aide and seven pint-sized lobbyists bantered about tax policy, the criminal justice system and a bill to boost public recreation centers.

K Street Files: Grocery Group Makes a Hire From the Hill

Sept. 17, 2012

The Grocery Manufacturers Association has added Michael Gruber as vice president of federal affairs. Gruber, who is a senior policy adviser on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will start his new job Oct. 1.

K Street Files: AARP Snags Paul Ryan for Event; Podesta Group Ramps Up Foreign Practice

Sept. 13, 2012

Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will speak at an AARP event on Sept. 21, and President Barack Obama will address the group via satellite, the seniors' lobby announced today.

K Street Files: ALEC Office for Rent, Ogilvy Departures

Sept. 12, 2012

The Washington, D.C., headquarters of the embattled American Legislative Exchange Council is on the market.

Lobbyists Keep Busy Despite Legislative Lull

Sept. 12, 2012

Members of Congress, focused almost entirely on the November elections, might not have much on the legislative calender before then. But Cord Sterling certainly doesn't expect any downtime.

Nonstop Fundraising Stretch Starts

Sept. 7, 2012

Democratic fundraiser Mike Fraioli had attended every one of his party's political conventions since 1980. Until this year.

K Street to Congress: Pass Russia Trade Bill This Month

Sept. 6, 2012

Congress may still be in recess, but the lobbyists at the Business Roundtable, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and five other groups are not waiting until next week to press their case for swift passage of a trade bill dealing with Russia.

Staying a Block Away

Sept. 3, 2012

President Obama makes no secret of his disdain for Washington lobbyists. He prohibits them from donating to his campaign and bars them from joining his administration. Following suit, his party has outlawed K Street and corporate cash from supporting the Democratic convention.

Lobbyist Gains Backstage Perspective on Convention by Doing Grunt Work

Aug. 30, 2012

Many of the lobbyists attending the Republican National Convention won't make it to the arena where the event is taking place. They're too busy hosting receptions or charity golf tournaments or ferrying clients around the city in luxury.

K Street Files: No Rainout for Charity Golf Tournament

Aug. 27, 2012

The potential for terrible weather may have put the kibosh on the first day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., but it didn't put a damper on the offsite K Street scene. Even a "Birdies for the Brave" charity golf event to benefit wounded veterans, organized by Artemis Strategies lobbyist Ari Storch, went on today.

New Address: K Street S.

Aug. 27, 2012

If Capitol Hill is the grown-up equivalent of high school, then the quadrennial party conventions are sleep-away camps for the political elite. For K Street, that means four days and four nights of partying with a purpose: mingling with corporate clients, members of Congress, Hill aides, campaign strategists and government officials.

Women's Issues, Weather Crowd GOP Message

Aug. 26, 2012

On the cusp of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Republicans are seeking to focus on the economy, but instead abortion, women's health issues and even the weather dominated the narrative.

AARP Flags Key Issues in 2012 Voters Guide

Aug. 24, 2012

The seniors lobby AARP today released its 2012 voters guide for presidential, Senate and House candidates. It focuses on politicians' positions on Social Security, Medicare and financial security in retirement.

Poll: Likely Voters Want Candidates to Press for Medical Research

Aug. 22, 2012

Research America, a group that advocates for more federal medical research, today released the results of a recent poll that it is hoping will propel its cause to the top of candidates’ talking points.

NARAL Blasts Republican Convention Platform on Abortion

Aug. 21, 2012

The abortion-rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America today blasted anti-abortion language in the Republican Party's platform. And the group's president, Nancy Keenan, called on the Romney/Ryan ticket to "disavow" the language.

K Street Files: Ex-Sen. Slade Gorton Opens Lobby Shop

Aug. 9, 2012

Former Sen. Slade Gorton (R-Wash.), who had been a lobbyist with K&L Gates, has opened his own shop, Slade Gorton LLC.

AARP Poll: Voters Over 50 Dissatisfied, Anxious

Aug. 7, 2012

A just-released survey from the seniors lobby AARP finds that older voters want candidates to better explain their plans for Social Security and Medicare. The poll also showed that Americans over age 50 are anxious about their retirement security and dissatisfied with politicians.

Republicans Solicit Lobbyists for Input on Party Platform

Aug. 2, 2012

In a series of small, private meetings, Republican officials have solicited input for their party platform from lobbyists and policy experts on Capitol Hill.

K Street Files: Google, GM Up Spending to Honor Members

Aug. 2, 2012

Members of Congress and administration officials got a little less love from K Street in 2011. Lobbyists spent $19 million to honor or fete top policymakers last year, down from $23.2 million the previous year, according to a new report by the Sunlight Foundation.

Reform Groups to Members: Avoid Lobbyist Parties at Conventions

Aug. 2, 2012

Government reform groups have a piece of advice for Members of Congress who are looking forward to schmoozing with K Streeters at lobbyist-sponsored soirees at the upcoming party conventions: Don’t do it.

K Street Files: Former Top Mitch McConnell Aide Launches Lobby Shop

Aug. 1, 2012

Lobbyist Hunter Bates, who briefly considered a run for the Congressional seat of retiring Rep. Geoff Davis (R-Ky.), is splitting with the C2 Group and relaunching his own firm, Bates Capitol Group.

K Street Files: Public Says Lobbyists Bad, Lobbying Good

July 31, 2012

Most Americans, in a shock to no one, have a negative view of companies that hire lobbyists, according to a just-released poll by the nonpartisan Public Affairs Council.

Street Talk: Farming a Team of Former Members Does Not Guarantee a Win

July 27, 2012

Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.) held court on a recent afternoon with a dozen ambassadors from all over the world.

K Street Files: New Internet Group Uploads First CEO

July 25, 2012

A fledgling trade association for a collection of Internet companies has made its first hire in Michael Beckerman, a former deputy staff director of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Beckerman will serve as CEO of the Internet Association.

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