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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 Timesís Washington bureau, where she covered politics and pretty much any other story she could get her paws on. Janieís work has appeared in Newsday, as well as the Timesí 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:

Battle Rages Over Blocking EPA Rules in Tax Bill

Dec. 13, 2011

A giant cross-country oil pipeline is not the only Republican-backed provision in the House tax bill that has environmentalists fired up.

Occupy DC Plans to Protest Romney Fundraiser

Dec. 13, 2011

Protesters plan to demonstrate at a fundraiser for Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Wednesday night at Lincoln, a fashionable new restaurant just north of Washington’s downtown lobbying district.

Occupy, Liberals Can’t Get Together

Dec. 13, 2011

A planned meeting today between the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Occupy Wall Street activists was scuttled late Tuesday after Roll Call inquired about it, highlighting increasing tensions between Democrats and the movement.

Occupy Protesters Target Chamber of Commerce Party

Dec. 8, 2011

Occupy protesters plan to continue their K Street sit-in tonight, descending on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual holiday party.

Republicans Want to Harness Power of Social Media

Dec. 7, 2011

Heading into an election year, Republicans have a message they want to share, and they’ve hired the inventor of the “ShareThis” button to help them do it.

Seniors Group Has Close Ties to GOP, Industry

Nov. 30, 2011

This fall, a little-known group called RetireSafe honored more than 20 vulnerable Republican Members of Congress for supporting senior citizens. The awards provide these Members with valuable political cover for supporting controversial bills and can then be used as a credential on the campaign trail.

Parks Step Up Lobbying Efforts

Nov. 26, 2011

Lobbyists of all stripes are preparing campaigns to save their industries from sequestration, and the K Street allies of the Badlands and the Statue of Liberty are no exception.

Grover Norquist: GOP Will Stand Firm on Anti-Tax Stance

Nov. 23, 2011

With the super committee deliberations behind them, Republicans have little incentive to change course and accept tax increases before the November elections, Grover Norquist, the outspoken anti-tax lobbyist, told Roll Call on Tuesday.

Left and Right Protest Movements Target Super Committee

Nov. 17, 2011

Occupy Wall Street protesters briefly became Occupy Georgetown this evening, disrupting the commute in a final act of outrage that capped off a day when activists of all stripes hurled demands and complaints at the super committee.

Group Asks Congress to Disclose Airline Perks

Nov. 16, 2011

A government watchdog group is asking lawmakers to disclose special perks they receive from Delta Airlines as Congress struggles to approve long-term federal funding for aviation.

Internet Companies Boost Hill Lobbying

Nov. 15, 2011

The makers of FarmVille and Words With Friends seem to be testing the K Street waters.

For Deficit Lobbying, No Deadline in Sight

Nov. 14, 2011

The Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction has until Nov. 23 to come up with a plan to squeeze $1.2 trillion out of the federal budget, but that deadline is merely the beginning of the next phase for the armada of lobbyists, trade groups and other special interests that has gathered around the super committee.

New PAC Seeks Tea Party Support for Gingrich

Nov. 10, 2011

Solutions 2012, a new super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich, will focus on reaching out to tea party activists, the group’s founder told Roll Call.

Oil Project Splits Occupy Movement, Labor Unions

Nov. 8, 2011

For union leaders, the Occupy Wall Street protesters seem like natural allies, even cheerleaders and enablers. But controversy over a proposed oil pipeline has split the labor movement and alienated the liberal activists gathered in tent cities around the country.

Progressive PAC Has Cash for Democratic Candidates

Nov. 4, 2011

Equinox, a restaurant frequented by Washington power brokers, is an unlikely spot to hatch a progressive revolution. But a group of liberal lawmakers and Congressional candidates gathered there late last month for a dinner hosted by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a young liberal political action committee.

Web Sales Tax Fight Heats Up

Nov. 1, 2011

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin was still celebrating his victory Tuesday in his years-long fight over debit card swipe fees as his opponents in another high-stakes battle prepared their next attack. This time, it’s on his proposal to require online retailers to collect sales tax just like their storefront counterparts.

Tech Execs Push for Tax Holiday, Spectrum Auction

Oct. 27, 2011

In letter sent to lawmakers today, a group of 54 technology executives and trade organization leaders urged members of the super committee to include spectrum auctions and a repatriation tax holiday in a deal to reduce the deficit.

Groups Question Federal Guidelines on Food

Oct. 26, 2011

It seems nobody likes the government to tell us what to eat. In the face of a federal push to restrict salt in food production, the industry’s trade association has launched a pro-salt campaign that it describes as its most aggressive challenge ever to federal research.

CAP Faces Challenges as Podesta Steps Back

Oct. 25, 2011

The mission of the Center for American Progress, Washington, D.C.’s most influential liberal think tank, is unlikely to change when John Podesta, its founder and CEO, steps down Nov. 1, but some Democrats worry the group’s star power might fade.

John Podesta to Step Down as CEO of Center for American Progress

Oct. 24, 2011

John Podesta, the former White House chief of staff who led President Barack Obama’s transition team, is leaving his post as the head of the Center for American Progress, an organization official said today.

Tea Party Uncertain on 2012

Oct. 21, 2011

Tea party rhetoric has dominated pre-primary jockeying, but conservative activists may decide to sacrifice ideological purity and settle for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in hopes of nominating a candidate who could actually win.

Tea Party Group Targets Entire Agencies for Cuts

Oct. 18, 2011

If tea partyers had their way, the super committee would completely ax the Department of Education. And, of course, repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Being in Congress Has Perks

Oct. 17, 2011

Tired of lousy customer service from your cable company or the airlines? Maybe you should run for Congress.

Yahoo Quits Chamber of Commerce

Oct. 13, 2011

The search engine Yahoo has left the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a spokesperson for the company confirmed Thursday.

Tea Party PAC Looks to Increase Role This Cycle

Oct. 12, 2011

As tea party activists rail against the special interests and backroom deals that shape Washington, the movement's leaders are embracing classic old-money politics in preparation for 2012.

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