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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 Lobbyists Ready for Post-Sandy Disaster Aid Requests

Oct. 30, 2012

While official Washington remained closed today, lobbyists said they were already working with clients from big financial institutions to small East Coast towns in storm-ravaged areas to assess what they might ask of the federal government when it reopens Wednesday.

K Street Lobbyists Hit the Campaign Trail in Virginia

Oct. 28, 2012

Democrats Maureen Walsh and Andy Rosenberg, both lobbyists in D.C., used their skills of professional persuasion Saturday to convince undecided voters to cast their ballots for Rep. Gerry Connolly and other Democrats on the ticket in the battleground state of Virginia.

Defense Lobby Presses White House to Start Sequester Talks, Make Good on Debate Remark

Oct. 23, 2012

The president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association called on the White House and Congress today to make good on President Barack Obama’s statement in Monday’s debate that automatic defense cuts will not happen.

K Street Lobbyists Decamp to the Campaign Trail

Oct. 22, 2012

During the next two weeks, Republican and Democratic lobbyists will leave their comfortable offices, tap into their reserve of vacation days, put clients and family commitments on hold and head out to work on the campaigns of former bosses and other favorite politicians.

K Street Files: Wingate Goes to MetLife; CVS’ New Lobbyist

Oct. 19, 2012

Heather Wingate, the former head of federal government affairs at Citigroup, has joined MetLife Inc. She will lead the insurance firm’s federal government relations office in Washington, D.C.

Lobbyists Might Join Romney’s Team

Oct. 15, 2012

GOP nominee Mitt Romney has pledged to create 12 million jobs if elected president. Republican lobbyists have their eyes on just a handful of positions in the executive branch should he prevail.

Contractors Ignore GOP Warnings on Layoffs

Oct. 10, 2012

Despite growing warnings from GOP Senators, government contractors appear unconvinced that they must issue sequester-related layoff notices before the elections next month to comply with federal law.

K Street Files: Gephardt Group Hires GOP Aide

Oct. 10, 2012

Gephardt Government Affairs, the lobby shop of former Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.), has added Rob Epplin as a vice president. Epplin was legislative director for Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and spent 23 years in government service, including on the Senate Finance Committee and with the Office of Management and Budget.

K Street Files: Sen. Ron Johnson Aide Goes to Lobby Shop

Oct. 3, 2012

Alan Elias, a policy adviser to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and a former aide to then-Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), has signed with the lobby firm Mercury/Clark & Weinstock as a vice president.

Campaign Fundraisers in D.C. Continue Despite Recess

Oct. 3, 2012

After Congress all but shut down last month so Members could campaign in their states and districts, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle reappeared in Washington, D.C., this week where they hit up lobbyists and political action committees for contributions.

K Street Files: Red Cross Names New Chief Lobbyist

Oct. 2, 2012

Cherae Bishop will become senior vice president for government relations at the American Red Cross on Oct. 15, the group announced today.

Retailers Warn Congress on 'Fiscal Cliff'

Oct. 2, 2012

The National Retail Federation, which lobbies on behalf of companies such as Macy’s and Kohl’s, today predicted solid growth for the upcoming holiday season. But the trade group warned lawmakers that the “fiscal cliff” of looming tax increases and spending cuts could hurt consumer spending at a critical time for the industry.

K Street Files: Tracking Lobbyists for Other Countries

Oct. 1, 2012

One in every $8 spent lobbying Congress and federal agencies comes from foreign governments. If there's one fact that sticks with readers of "The Foreign Policy Auction," author Ben Freeman hopes it's that.

Colorado: Steelworkers Back Pace, Appear In New Ad

Oct. 1, 2012

The United Steelworkers Union today endorsed Sal Pace, the Democrat who is running against Rep. Scott Tipton (R) in the state’s 3rd district. And Pace went up with a new ad, his campaign’s third, that features a local steelworker.

K Street Files: Ogilvy Government Relations Nabs Two GOPers

Sept. 27, 2012

After losing several of its lobbyists in recent months, the WPP-owned shop Ogilvy Government Relations has added two Republican partners.

K Street Files: Ben & Jerry's Co-Founder Puts Stamp on Campaign Finance

Sept. 26, 2012

Ben & Jerry's co-founder Ben Cohen wants to clean up government, but he has fielded a lot of questions lately over whether he might be breaking the law in the process.

K Street Follows Lawmakers Outside the Beltway

Sept. 26, 2012

When Members of Congress left town to campaign last week, they weren't alone. Lobbyists and advocacy groups followed the lawmakers home to ramp up their own messaging, lest Congress forget about them during the fall campaign season.

K Street Files: Nickles Group Adds Chief of Staff; McConnell Aide Leaving

Sept. 25, 2012

The Nickles Group today announced that Don Kent, chief of staff to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), is joining the group as vice president on Oct. 1.

K Street Files: John Buscher Joins Forbes-Tate

Sept. 20, 2012

John Buscher, most recently a senior policy adviser at Holland & Knight, has signed on with the lobby shop Forbes-Tate.

K Street Files: Tim Pawlenty Taking Lobby Gig, Quits Role With Romney Campaign

Sept. 20, 2012

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, once a rumored contender to be GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's running mate, is taking over the top slot at the Financial Services Roundtable.

NARAL Aims to Bring Back Female Voting Bloc

Sept. 19, 2012

In a presidential election where the nation's 104 million female voters will be a much-wooed bloc, NARAL Pro-Choice America has narrowed its top targets to just more than 300,000 women in 25 swing counties.

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.

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