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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:

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.

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.

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