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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:

Conventions Lose Appeal for D.C. Lobbyists

Aug. 4, 2012

Washington, D.C., lobbyists are not exactly jazzed about heading south for the major party conventions. The sluggish economy, new restrictions on contributions and anti-corporate sentiment has zapped the fun out of the Republican and Democratic national conventions for political players.

In Missouri, John Brunner Attacks GOP Opponent’s Wealth

July 30, 2012

Missouri Senate candidate John Brunner has accused his primary opponent Rep. Todd Akin (R) of being dishonest about his finances. But Brunner, a businessman worth as much as $87 million, some of which is housed in two offshore accounts, may soon see those attacks turned on him.

Tea Party Group, Charles Schumer Give Voice to Gun Concerns

July 28, 2012

Tea party groups are using the shooting in Aurora, Colo., to drive home their opposition to gun control as a leading Democratic Senator calls for more restrictions.

National Retail Federation Losing Members

July 25, 2012

The National Retail Federation, once retail’s primary voice in Washington, D.C., has lost several prominent members, including CVS Caremark Corp., Best Buy Co. Inc. and Dollar General Corp., Roll Call has learned.

Chamber’s Election-Year Spending Tops Quarterly Lobbying Disclosures

July 21, 2012

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is on pace to dwarf its lobbying expenditures during the past two election cycles, dumping nearly $45 million so far this year into advocacy and voter education in Washington, D.C., and around the country.

Businesses Lose on Sea Treaty to Heritage

July 18, 2012

Business groups pushing the Law of the Sea Treaty saw their GOP allies sink ratification this week, losing yet another policy battle to conservative activists.

K Street Files: Dispute Over Renting Recalled Vehicles Reaches a Crescendo

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.

Book Sense

July 16, 2012

Forget legislating a redistribution of wealth. Sen. Bernie Sanders is doing some of it on his own.

Prospective Mitt Romney Running Mates Draw Income From Many Sources

July 10, 2012

As the Romney campaign closes in on its vice presidential pick, it is considering a governor who holds more than $100,000 in royalty rights to Listerine mouthwash, another who accepted more than $123,000 in gifts and travel last year, and a Senator who is paying off loans on a band of pickup trucks.

Vice Presidential Hopefuls Include Wealthiest and Poorest Members of Congress

July 2, 2012

One of the richest Members of Congress is on the short list to be Mitt Romney’s running mate.

Former IRS Official Demands Investigation of ALEC

July 1, 2012

The former head of the IRS’ Exempt Organizations division has asked the agency to revoke the tax-exempt status of the conservative nonprofit ALEC.

Health Care Ruling Re-Energizes Tea Party

June 28, 2012

In upholding most of President Barack Obama’s health care law, the Supreme Court handed the tea party a new lease on life.

Supreme Court Ruling Pushes Advocacy Groups to Act

June 25, 2012

Civil rights advocates have launched a multimillion-dollar offensive aimed at beating back the consequences of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a central pillar of Arizona’s controversial immigration law.

Charles Koch, Cato Institute Settle Differences

June 25, 2012

Charles Koch, the billionaire conservative who helped found the Cato Institute, has agreed to drop his lawsuits against the libertarian think tank, closing the doors on an embarrassing family feud.

Lobbying Ban in Spending Bill Could Benefit Select K Street Firms

June 22, 2012

Legislation to bar former high-ranking government employees from lobbying on behalf of certain foreign countries, including China and Saudi Arabia, could wind up boosting business for the firms that already do.

Nonprofits Benefited from Lawmakers' Speaking Engagements

June 21, 2012

The United Way, D.A.R.E., the Holistic Life Foundation and the University of Indianapolis were among dozens of nonprofit organizations that benefited last year from a Congressional rule that requires lawmakers to direct speaking fees to charity.

Panel Endorses Guidelines for 'Midnight Rulemaking'

June 14, 2012

A federal advisory panel today approved new guidelines for how Congress and future administrations should handle the flurry of rules promulgated in the final months of an outgoing administration.

Tea Party Tries to Sway GOP Platform

June 12, 2012

James Bopp Jr., a prominent conservative lawyer and high-ranking Republican national committeeman, is helping tea partyers influence the official GOP 2012 platform.

AFL-CIO Mounts Voter Registration Drive in Wake of Wisconsin Defeat

June 12, 2012

Less than a week after failing to oust Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), unions and their allies announced a voter recruitment program aimed at countering a spate of new voter identification laws and restrictions on voter registration.

K Street Files: That's UtiliTea

June 11, 2012

If there were ever a sign that the tea party has grown up, it’s this: Dozens of tea party activists cheering in support of an effort to derail a regulation called “Utility MACT.”

Mitch Daniels: Wisconsin a ‘Turning Point’

June 10, 2012

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) said today that last week’s Wisconsin recall election was a “turning point” for the future of unions.

Technology: New Power for the People

June 7, 2012

Holly McCall, a stay-at-home mom in the D.C. suburb of Vienna, Va., was shocked when she discovered that a 2-year-old federal regulation barred her from signing up for a credit card without her husband’s approval. She launched an online petition, quickly gathered 33,000 signatures and within weeks found herself sitting face-to-face with one of the country’s top financial regulators.

Lawmakers Unite to Fight FDA Cigar Regulations

June 5, 2012

What do political opposites Reps. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) and Allen West (R-Fla.) have in common? They both dig a good premium smoke.

Walmart Latest Company to Pull Out of ALEC

May 31, 2012

Walmart, the world’s No. 1 retailer and the nation’s largest seller of firearms, has cut ties with ALEC, the conservative nonprofit that has come under fire for promoting “Stand Your Ground” laws.

Home Builders Regroup With Lobbying Push

May 30, 2012

After months of bad news, from layoffs to member mutiny, the National Association of Home Builders is coming back swinging.

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