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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:

Anti-Union Construction Group Targets Vulnerable GOP Freshmen

May 26, 2012

An anti-union construction trade group is targeting three vulnerable House Republican freshmen with a barrage of negative advertising over a series of labor-friendly votes.

Enough, Already!

May 23, 2012

Democrats get ready! Local tea party folks plan to greet those attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., with some serious political verbiage — at least the ones arriving via the highway. “When the DNC arrives, we will have an impact,” Yadkin Valley Tea Party activist Mark Hager pledges.

K Street Files: Facebook Friends U.S. Chamber, NFIB

May 22, 2012

In an effort to encourage small businesses to get on Facebook, the newly public social network is giving away up to $10 million in free advertising.

Anti-Establishment PAC Taps Donors to Establishment GOP Causes

May 16, 2012

The Campaign for Primary Accountability, a super PAC that bills itself as nonpartisan and was instrumental in ousting incumbent Republican Reps. Jean Schmidt (Ohio) and Don Manzullo (Ill.), has raised nearly all of its $2.5 million from donors who have supported Republican candidates and the GOP party committees the group claims to be working against.

Private Equity Group Takes On Tax Reform

May 9, 2012

The private equity industry isn’t ready to let a nasty presidential campaign detract from next year’s legislative wish list.

Many in Google Inc.’s Army Are Paid to Wait

May 7, 2012

Google Inc.’s first K Street hire was a fledgling shop whose two lobbyists had been the subject of a mass email alleging they had an extramarital affair. That was nine years ago.

Fallout From Health Care Verdict Expected to Keep K Street Busy

May 4, 2012

No matter how the Supreme Court rules on the 2010 health care law, K Street stands to benefit.

Obama Likes the Ladies

April 27, 2012

Presidents have to make a lot of choices. And today, at least, President Barack Obama is choosing the ladies over the kids.

Activists Pressure Walmart to Drop Support of ALEC

April 26, 2012

The boycott ALEC movement has turned its sights on Walmart, finding new allies among the retailer’s longtime opponents.

App-Makers Seek K Street Assistance

April 24, 2012

Obstacles to regulatory approval are persuading mostly small app developers to turn to K Street for help with product reviews, as well as debates over spectrum allocation, privacy legislation and electronic payments.

Drugmaker’s Eyelash Fight Reaches Congress

April 19, 2012

The company behind Botox is lobbying Congress to make it harder for cosmetics makers to compete with a $100 million-a-year drug it markets to thicken eyelashes.

Organizations Use Trayvon Martin Case to Lobby for Racial Profiling Legislation

April 17, 2012

Opponents of racial profiling are capitalizing on national outrage over the slaying of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, using the case to rally support for a bill banning the practice from all U.S. law enforcement agencies.

Mobile App Lobby Turns to Facebook Public Policy Pioneer to Develop Privacy Strategy

April 16, 2012

A 3-month-old trade association for developers of high-tech applications has snagged one of Facebook’s original public policy hires.

FreedomWorks Condemns Kochs’ Attempted Takeover of Cato Institute

April 12, 2012

Leaders of the conservative advocacy group FreedomWorks sided today with the Cato Institute in its feud with Charles Koch, the billionaire conservative who helped found the libertarian think tank.

ALEC Lashes Out at ‘Intimidation Campaign’ Aimed at Corporate Supporters

April 11, 2012

Liberal activists are waging a “coordinated intimidation campaign” to bleed the American Legislative Exchange Council of corporate support, the legislators group charged today.

Gates Foundation Will No Longer Make Grants to ALEC Nonprofit

April 9, 2012

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation today became the latest backer to withdraw financial support for the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Credo PAC Targets Two More House Republicans

April 4, 2012

Add Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.) and Dan Lungren (Calif.) to the list of Republican lawmakers in the sights of Credo Mobile, the progressive San Francisco phone company-turned-political action committee.

K Street Files: TechAmerica Continues Bulking Up Staff

April 2, 2012

TechAmerica has expanded its ranks once again, adding a defense policy expert and two membership-focused positions, even as talk of a technology association merger still swirls.

Whose First Rodeo?

March 29, 2012

There appears to be some horsing around at the American Continental Group.

Lawmakers Want FDA to Regulate Cosmetics

March 28, 2012

For the first time in more than 30 years, lawmakers are preparing to extend the Food and Drug Administration’s authority to regulate cosmetics, setting off a battle between large makeup manufacturers and consumer safety advocates over how far the government should go.

Health Care Law Advocates Come Out Swinging

March 26, 2012

Democrats said a skeptical public would come around on the new health care law once it started to take effect. But two years and millions of dollars later, the groups that set out to convince Americans to like President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement have failed to move the needle.

Internet PAC Goes After Lamar Smith

March 22, 2012

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) became the unofficial enemy of the Internet after he introduced the Stop Online Piracy Act. Now, donors to a new Reddit-based PAC have picked him as their first target.

Dollar Fight Is Paper Vs. Metal

March 21, 2012

Money may talk, but its makers yell. Crane & Co., the Massachusetts-based company that provides the paper for the nation’s currency, is rushing to the defense of the greenback now that Congress might actually eliminate the dollar bill.

New Minority-Focused PAC Launches

March 21, 2012

PAC Plus, a new minority-focused super PAC, launched today with one of Washington, D.C.’s most powerful Democrats in its corner.

Occupiers Plan Protests Despite Power Battles

March 18, 2012

Cherry blossoms aren’t the only thing likely to bring tourists to Washington, D.C., this spring. Some will be coming for a 30-day, Occupy Wall Street-inspired protest.

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