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Janie Lorber


Janie Lorber covers lobbying and influence for Roll Call. Prior to joining the team, she spent two years as a news clerk in the New York Times’s Washington bureau, where she covered politics and pretty much any other story she could get her paws on. Janie’s work has appeared in Newsday, as well as the Times’ business and national sections.

She is a graduate of Duke University and is happiest while running races, climbing mountains or skiing fresh powder.

Lorber no longer works for Roll Call.

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Stories by Janie Lorber:

DeMint's Hiring Elevates Heritage's Profile

Dec. 6, 2012

Sen. Jim DeMint’s move to The Heritage Foundation will elevate the public and political profile of the 39-year-old research institute.

Heritage Foundation's Star Will Rise With DeMint

Dec. 6, 2012

The marriage of Sen. Jim DeMint and The Heritage Foundation looks poised to raise the political influence of both the man and the think tank.

Activists Question FreedomWorks' Direction

Dec. 5, 2012

The tea party may be in danger of losing one of its most powerful voices in Washington.

K Street Files: FreedomWorks Looking to Connect With Minorities

Dec. 4, 2012

FreedomWorks is launching what it has dubbed the “Black, White & Brown Tour” in an unabashed effort to build support among blacks and Hispanics in preparation for the 2014 congressional elections.

Top FreedomWorks Staffers Depart in Wake of Armey's Resignation

Dec. 4, 2012

Several top FreedomWorks staffers are leaving the conservative advocacy group in the wake of former House Majority Leader Dick Armey’s resignation, the organization confirmed Tuesday.

Armey Cuts Ties With FreedomWorks

Dec. 3, 2012

Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey has cut ties with FreedomWorks, the conservative advocacy group that he has chaired since 2003, according to a spokesman for the organization.

Norquist's Rainmaker Skills Grow With Budget Impasse

Nov. 30, 2012

As Congress peers over the fiscal cliff, Grover Norquist is preparing to wrap up his most successful year ever.

5-Hour Energy's Lobbying Needs a Boost

Nov. 27, 2012

Makers of caffeinated energy drinks are squarely in the cross hairs of two senators. But even as Richard J. Durbin of Illinois and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut finally have the ear of the Food and Drug Administration, 5-Hour Energy continues to be sold right under their noses at a Senate coffee shop as a pick-me-up for congressional staffers and the lobbyists who woo them.

On a Mission: Lobbying Power to the People

Nov. 26, 2012

Call it the K Street purge.

Contractors Try 'Soft Message' to Save Disabled Workers From Sequester

Nov. 19, 2012

Just steps from where Congress is debating the fiscal cliff, Rico Ussery, a 26-year-old man who speaks only in monosyllables, cleans restrooms in the Capitol Visitor Center, seemingly unaware of the economic and personal stakes.

Voting Problems Renew Efforts to Overhaul System

Nov. 13, 2012

Election experts and activists are calling for an overhaul of the voting system after hours-long lines, machine malfunctions and other obstacles plagued polling places around the country last week and in some cases delayed the results of races for days.

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.

Members Confront Debt From Capitol Hill to Capital Grille

Nov. 9, 2012

When Members of Congress return to Washington, D.C., the “fiscal cliff” is not the only financial pinch they will confront.

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.

Plains: Democrat Takes Close N.D. Senate Race

Nov. 7, 2012

Former North Dakota Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp (D) pulled off a major upset, narrowly defeating Republican Rep. Rick Berg in the race to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad. North Dakota is one of the most solidly Republican states — President Barack Obama won only 39 percent of the vote there — and Heitkamp beat Berg by a razor-thin margin — 3,000 votes, just 1 point.

Voters Face Language Barriers in Virginia, New Mexico

Nov. 6, 2012

After months of courting, some Spanish-speaking voters encountered problems casting a ballot today.

Groups Worried About Ballot Access Monitor Polls on Election Day

Nov. 6, 2012

As she stood handing out sample ballots to voters streaming into Bailey’s Community Center in Falls Church, Va., today, Democratic volunteer Jill Patrick said she knew she was being closely watched.

Disgruntled Activists May Target Electors

Nov. 4, 2012

Last-ditch efforts to win the presidency won’t end Tuesday. The 538 members of the Electoral College do not officially cast their votes until Dec. 18, leaving them the target of intense pressure from campaigns to influence the race for the White House after all votes are cast and the winner declared.

Voice Mail Greeting Doubles as Biden Time Machine

Nov. 1, 2012

Vice President Joseph Biden’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination lives on.

Conservative Groups Distance Themselves from Anti-Obama Text Messages

Oct. 31, 2012

Conservative groups are distancing themselves from a Virginia communications firm that appears to be behind a flurry of unsolicited text messages criticizing President Barack Obama that were sent to Washington-area mobile phones in recent days.

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.

Barack Obama Continues to Win With Text Message Donors

Oct. 26, 2012

President Barack Obama appears to have raised upward of $1 million from text message donations this cycle.

Former IRS Official Accuses ALEC of Lying About Assets

Oct. 25, 2012

The former head of the IRS’ Exempt Organizations division accused the conservative nonprofit American Legislative Exchange Council of lying about its assets in its federal tax filings in a letter sent to the agency Wednesday.

Obama’s Campaign Quick to Capitalize on Text-to-Donate Option

Oct. 24, 2012

President Barack Obama appears to have wildly outraised his Republican opponent among text message donors, capitalizing on the newly approved digital fundraising option.

U.S. Chamber Spending on Lobbying Continues at Rapid Clip

Oct. 22, 2012

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent $31.65 million on lobbying during the third quarter of 2012, maintaining a record pace during the current cycle, according to the latest Lobbying Disclosure Act filings.

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