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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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Where to Go Election Day & Night

Nov. 5, 2012

From yoga for voters to parties that will go until the counts come home, we’ve got a roundup of the hottest events and specials to take you from Election Day to night.

K Street Files: Williams Mullen Adds LaRocco

Nov. 5, 2012

Matthew LaRocco, most recently with Arnold & Porter and the son of former Rep. Larry LaRocco (D-Idaho), has joined Williams Mullen as a director of government affairs.

Colorado: Presidential Candidates to Cycle Through Battleground Districts

Nov. 2, 2012

The contenders in two tight Colorado Congressional races that have attracted national attention and money have embarked on their final push before Election Day. And the homestretch in the Centennial State will bring the top of the ticket from both parties, with President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney scheduling events this weekend.

Alzheimer’s Group Intensifies Grass-Roots Strategy

Nov. 1, 2012

Just about everybody, it seems, wants Mattye Pollard-Cole’s vote. President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney have circulated through her home state of Colorado multiple times, and her congressional district in suburban Denver is the scene of a tossup race attracting the attention and dollars of national groups.

AFL-CIO's Richard Trumka Heading to Ohio for Campaign's Final Days

Nov. 1, 2012

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said today he will head to Ohio for the final four days before the elections as part of the labor group’s get-out-the-vote strategy on behalf of President Barack Obama and downballot Democrats nationwide.

K Street Files: Ogilvy Teams Up With Tax Lobby GDS

Oct. 31, 2012

In an effort to rebuild after losing some of its top rainmakers earlier this year, Ogilvy Government Relations has inked a strategic alliance with the boutique tax lobby GDS Strategies.

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.

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