Stories by Kate Ackley:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Washingtons biggest lobbying practices: Patton Boggs and Ogilvy Government Relations.
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.