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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:

Tea Party Express Launches New Ad Funded by 501(c)(4) That Hits Obama

Oct. 12, 2011

The Tea Party Express is not about to miss the chance to tap donors who want to put unlimited sums of money behind conservative candidates so long as they can do it secretly.

K Street Files: Milk a Contentious Topic

Oct. 7, 2011

Milk may not seem very controversial, but the wholesome beverage has triggered a lobbying and public relations spat over federal dairy regulations.

Environmentalists Launch Ad Campaign on EPA Rules

Oct. 6, 2011

Environmentalists and their Democratic allies are not going to let a Republican-led campaign against emissions regulations go unchallenged — or unpunished.

Foreign Interests Lobbied Super Committee Members

Oct. 5, 2011

During a two-week period last fall, lobbyists representing a Korean trade association met with Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) or his aides five times, interspersing those meetings with $5,500 in contributions to his campaign.

Senate Foreign Relations Director Joins Podesta to Help Firms Grow Overseas

Oct. 3, 2011

After six years as the chief liaison to some of the world’s most complex regimes for Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry, Frank Lowenstein will join the Podesta Group to help multinational companies expand overseas.

In Small Steps, Federal Agencies Recognize Gay Marriages

Sept. 30, 2011

The Obama administration has all but officially recognized gay partnerships as the legal equivalent of marriage, gradually redefining the concept through a series of changes to regulations governing benefits for federal employees.

Super Committee Members Square Off on Bills Vs. Coins

Sept. 27, 2011

Massachusetts Sens. John Kerry, a liberal Democrat, and Scott Brown, a moderate Republican, have at least one quest in common: saving the $1 bill and hundreds of jobs at a Bay State company that provides the paper for it.

No Rush to Offer Tea Party Solutions

Sept. 24, 2011

Every interest group in town is vying for the attention of the super committee members except the very movement that drove the federal deficit to the top of Congress' agenda.

Judge Skeptical of Sentencing Arguments for Abramoff Colleague

Sept. 20, 2011

Kevin Ring, a one-time colleague of ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, faces 46 to 57 months in prison for bribing public officials — a far cry from the 22-year sentence federal prosecutors initially requested.

Corporate Groups Gird for Deficit Fights

Sept. 20, 2011

Several corporate coalitions are launching efforts to persuade the White House and the Congressional super committee to protect their bottom lines in any deficit reduction package.

Tech Sector Fights for Repatriation

Sept. 19, 2011

The technology industry has lined up a political dream team in its fight for a tax break on more than $1 trillion in profits earned overseas. Supporting players include Democratic and Republican lawmakers, tea partyers and outside organizations ranging from the Service Employees International Union to Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform.

Two More Staffers Exit Housing Group

Sept. 14, 2011

The U.S. housing industry remains in the doldrums, and the industry's D.C. lobbying outfit appears to be suffering its own malaise. Two senior staffers at the National Association of Home Builders have resigned, Roll Call learned Wednesday, a day after reports that the organization's top lobbyist had also jumped ship.

More Staffers Depart Home Builders Association

Sept. 14, 2011

The bloodletting continues at the National Association of Home Builders. Roll Call has learned that two more senior staffers have resigned just a day after news that the organization’s top lobbyist jumped ship.

Some Groups Safe From Automatic Cuts

Sept. 12, 2011

Congress’ new super committee meets today in search of a budget deal that will stave off sweeping mandatory spending cuts, but even if it fails, veterans could emerge unscathed thanks to a 25-year-old “do not cut” list.

K Street Files: New Campaigns Are Anti-Counterfeit, Pro-Can

Sept. 9, 2011

A bill that would block websites selling counterfeit goods, such as discount golf clubs and tax-free cigarettes, is getting an extra push from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

9/11 Sparked New Activists With Varied Paths

Sept. 6, 2011

John Feal is one of a tightly knit group of citizen activists born out of 9/11 who continue to wield their moral authority and tell their stories in Washington in support of a stream of related causes made all the more powerful by the grief that brought them to the political stage.

Justice Department Seeks Heavy Sentence for Kevin Ring

Sept. 2, 2011

Federal prosecutors are set on seeing Kevin Ring, a former colleague of ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, behind bars for as many as 22 years.

RSC Looks to Advance ‘Growth’ Agenda, Mend Fences

Aug. 28, 2011

A bloc of conservative House Republicans headed by Rep. Jim Jordan is planning to unveil a jobs agenda to rival a forthcoming proposal by President Barack Obama — attaching “growth” to its trademark Cut, Cap and Balance plan.

Rep. Coffman Wants to Cut Congressional Pensions

Aug. 24, 2011

Rep. Mike Coffman is proposing an end to the cushy pensions ex-Members of Congress receive. The Colorado Republican announced Wednesday that he plans to introduce legislation after the recess that would end the defined benefit retirement plan available to Members of Congress.

West Not the First to Use Tubman Metaphor

Aug. 19, 2011

Rep. Allen West raised eyebrows earlier this week when he referred to himself as a “modern-day Harriet Tubman” leading blacks out of the slavery created by social welfare programs.

Hahn: Why Don’t We Meet Over Money

Aug. 19, 2011

Rep. Janice Hahn, California’s newest Member, is already trolling for K Street dollars.

K Street Prepares for the Super Panel Season

Aug. 12, 2011

Rep. Xavier Becerra had been a member of the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction for a mere two hours before he was fighting off accusations of using his new role to raise money thanks to his K Street friends.

Lobbyists Tout Becerra’s Appointment to Deficit Panel

Aug. 11, 2011

Less than two hours after Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) was named to the new Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction, lobbyists working on his behalf seized on the new credential as a moneymaker.

Pawlenty: Iowa Straw Poll Will Help His Case

Aug. 7, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said on Sunday he was confident he would improve his ratings in the upcoming Ames straw poll.

Ryan Doesn’t Expect Much From Deficit Committee

Aug. 7, 2011

Rep. Paul Ryan, the top Republican on the House Budget Committee, said on Sunday he doesn’t have high expectations for the new savings “super committee” because Democrats won’t consider changes to health care reform.

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