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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:

Conservative Nonprofit Dispatches Volunteers to Canvass Battleground States

Oct. 19, 2012

Americans for Prosperity is busing hundreds of out-of-state conservative activists to the country’s most contested political battlegrounds.

Liberal Groups Protest U.S. Chamber's Election Spending

Oct. 19, 2012

A coalition of liberal groups opposed to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s election spending took their cause to the big-business lobby’s front yard today.

‘Binders Full of Women’ Illustrates Memes’ Power

Oct. 17, 2012

By now, Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” have been opened, parsed and closed. But what happened in the hours after the former Massachusetts governor inadvertently spawned an online sensation in describing his efforts to hire women for his Cabinet may forever be seared in the minds of Web-savvy political strategists.

Libertarian Nominee Gary Johnson Has a Few Suggestions for Tonight’s Debate

Oct. 16, 2012

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson won’t be onstage tonight, but he has a few questions for the guys who will.

Michigan: Facing Stiff Challenge, Strong 3rd Quarter for Benishek Coffers

Oct. 15, 2012

If freshman Republican Rep. Dan Benishek is losing his grasp on Michigan’s 1st district, his campaign coffers don’t show it.

Groups Make Case for Inclusion of Their Issues in Next Debate

Oct. 4, 2012

Immigration groups, campaign finance reformers and other advocacy organizations that say they got shorted in the first presidential debate are preparing a fresh push for airtime.

Activists Press Corporations to Cut Ties With Presidential Debate Commission

Oct. 3, 2012

It took only a few emails to help convince one of the world's largest electronics firms to sever ties with America's presidential debates, according to Rick Stewart.

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.

After Fight, Rental Car Safety Advocates Win Industry Support

Sept. 27, 2012

Senate Democrats expect the chamber to pass a bill that would require rental car companies to ground recalled vehicles until they are fixed, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said today.

Watchdog Groups Urge House Leaders to Fill Vacancies on Ethics Board

Sept. 27, 2012

Eight government watchdog organizations today urged House leaders to fill four soon-to-be-vacant seats on the Office of Congressional Ethics' board of directors.

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.

Groups Behind Internet Blackout Launch Online Drive to Register Voters

Sept. 25, 2012

The groups behind last winter's Internet blackout are working to boost voter participation among a newly empowered "Internet public."

Phone Company PAC Funds Campaigns Against Republicans With Customer Overpayments

Sept. 21, 2012

A liberal phone company is asking customers to overpay their bills to support its new super PAC and is using the money to wage a ground war against 10 tea-party-aligned House conservatives.

Tea Party Activists Press for Uneventful Lame-Duck Session

Sept. 14, 2012

Tea party activists are pressing for a do-nothing lame-duck Congress.

K Street Files: ALEC Office for Rent, Ogilvy Departures

Sept. 12, 2012

The Washington, D.C., headquarters of the embattled American Legislative Exchange Council is on the market.

Ethics Cases Cast Cloud Over Some Races

Sept. 12, 2012

When the House Ethics Committee announced in July that it would formally investigate whether Nevada Senate candidate Rep. Shelley Berkley (D) broke any House rules or laws when she intervened to save a kidney transplant program, Democrats moved catlike to limit the potential damage.

ALEC Finds New Friends

Sept. 10, 2012

The Republican Study Committee is laying the groundwork for a new informal partnership with the American Legislative Exchange Council, even as dozens of major corporations cut ties with the conservative nonprofit for its support of controversial voting and gun laws.

Chamber Asks Congress to Revive Crackdown on Online Piracy

Aug. 28, 2012

Remember the day the Internet went dark? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce does.

Convention Contributions Down and More Discreet

Aug. 26, 2012

When the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee pledged to raise $55 million to cover the cost of staging the Republican National Convention, organizers expected much of the money to come from companies hoping to capitalize on five days of almost unfettered access to America's political elite.

National Group Gets Involved in Local Streetcar Fight

Aug. 25, 2012

Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers-backed conservative powerhouse, seems to have no problem sweating the small stuff.

Conventions 2012 Firm Nears Crunch Time

Aug. 22, 2012

Preparing for a political convention is a lot like running a campaign. Just ask the public affairs specialists who founded Conventions 2012, a consulting firm that helps companies and trade associations navigate the political confabs.

Economy Missing in Bickering on Sunday Shows

Aug. 19, 2012

For a presidential contest that was supposed to revolve around jobs, surrogates for the Romney and Obama campaigns spent today talking about everything but the economy.

Retirees Shower Paul Ryan With Contributions

Aug. 13, 2012

Democrats say presumptive GOP vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan is a senior citizen's worst nightmare, but retirees seem to have no problem writing him checks.

Liberal Groups, Unions See Opportunity in Paul Ryan Pick

Aug. 11, 2012

Less than an hour before the news broke that Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) would be the Republican vice presidential nominee, the AFL-CIO's super PAC shot out an email with the subject line: "Medicare, Medicare, Medicare."

Grover Norquist to Bring Conservative Powwow to Republican Convention

Aug. 9, 2012

Grover Norquist is taking his weekly Beltway conservative powwow to the Republican National Convention.

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