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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: 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.

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: Donít do it.

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.

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.

K Street Files: Bundlers Give to Both Parties

July 23, 2012

Candidates and party committees continue to rely on an elite network of lobbyists to bundle campaign contributions, according to recently filed Federal Election Commission reports.

Blue Chips Mull Moves to K Street

July 20, 2012

If K Street firms scooped up their hottest Hill prospects in a sports-style draft, the No. 1 pick would almost certainly be Russell Sullivan. Then again, it might be Brett Loper.

K Street Files: Mark Penn Out, Donald Baer Up at Burson-Marsteller

July 19, 2012

The WPP-owned public relations firm Burson-Marsteller today named Donald Baer, a former White House communications director under President Bill Clinton, as its worldwide CEO. He succeeds Mark Penn, who is heading in-house with longtime client Microsoft as corporate vice president for strategic and special projects, according to a statement today from Burson-Marsteller.

K Street Files: Dispute Over Renting Recalled Vehicles Reaches a Crescendo

July 17, 2012

Consumer safety advocates may be on the verge of winning a years-long fight to ban rental car companies from renting and selling recalled vehicles.

K Street Files: County Lobby Hires New Director

July 16, 2012

The National Association of Counties is bringing on Matthew Chase, most recently with the National Association of Development Organizations, as its executive director. NACo made the announcement today at its 77th annual conference in Pittsburgh. Chase will take over on Sept. 17.

Chevron Lawsuit Hits K Street Giants, Prompting Charges of Poaching

July 13, 2012

A 20-year-old lawsuit against Chevron Corp. in Ecuador over alleged pollution in the Amazon rainforest has swept up two of Washington’s biggest lobbying practices: Patton Boggs and Ogilvy Government Relations.

Union, Vets Take On Ultimate Fighting Championship Owner

July 12, 2012

A collection of union activists and military veterans made a nationwide push today in support of an amendment to a defense spending bill that would put an end to the military’s sponsorship of professional sports.

K Street Files: Mehlman Vogel Gasses Up 'Bus Force One' for GOP Convention

July 11, 2012

One K Street shop is taking to Tampa like rock stars, gassing up a luxury bus that it plans to use to ferry friends and clients to receptions during the Republican convention.

Lobbyists Prepare Eleventh-Hour Messaging Before August Recess

July 6, 2012

The four-week stretch before the August recess might sound like a long haul, especially for this Congress. But by lobbyists’ count, they have at most 16 legislative days left before politics completely swamps the Capitol Hill agenda.

Health Insurers Duck Worst-Case Scenario

June 28, 2012

Health insurers braced for an unfavorable Supreme Court ruling on the health care law largely took a low-key approach after the justices announced their opinion Thursday. And with the law intact, they pledged to continue working with the administration and Congress on their industry’s problems.

K Street Files: Lobbyists Prep for SCOTUS Ruling

June 25, 2012

On K Street, waiting for the Supreme Court’s health care ruling goes something like this: schedule post-decision client conference calls, write multiple drafts of talking points for different outcomes, and hole up in a conference room trying to figure out whether constitutional law-speak can translate into English.

Street Talk: Lobby Shop Ogilvy Now Faces Uncertain Future

June 23, 2012

The old Federalist Group had a certain MOD squad charm about it. The all-Republican lobby shop’s clients included gun, liquor and tobacco interests. And its partners, some with a folksy Southern drawl and all with impeccable connections, might just as easily talk huntin’ as leadership races on Capitol Hill.

Shareholders Urge Google to Drop U.S. Chamber of Commerce Membership

June 21, 2012

A group of shareholders planned to urge Google Inc. at the companyís annual meeting today to drop its membership in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Manufacturers: Automatic Defense Cuts Will Cost 1 Million Jobs

June 21, 2012

The National Association of Manufacturers today unveiled a report that it plans to use as its key lobbying tool to fight potential big cuts to the defense budget.

K Street Files: WPP CEO Coming to D.C.

June 21, 2012

Just as one of his premiere K Street properties faces a staff exodus, WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell is heading to Washington, D.C., next week for a previously scheduled meeting with top executives from the conglomerateís shops, according to people familiar with the session.

K Street Files: Ogilvy Lobbyists Head for Exits; BGR Taps Jo Maney

June 20, 2012

Ogilvy Government Relations is losing Drew Maloney, John O’Neill and Elena Tompkins.

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