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Kelly Riddell

Kelly Riddell

Kelly Riddell is an investigative reporter for The Washington Times.

Before joining The Times, Kelly was a Washington-based reporter for Bloomberg News for six years, covering the intersection between business and politics through a variety of industry-based beats. She most recently covered technology, where her reports ranged from cybersecurity to congressional policymakers.

Before joining Bloomberg, she was a management consultant and worked with Fortune 500 companies on government policy and commerce. She has a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor's degree in government and Chinese from Hamilton College in upstate New York.

She can be reached at kriddell@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Kelly Riddell

The Golden Hammer

Outside science advisers collect EPA grants while guiding agency

Several outsiders chosen to provide objective advice to the Environmental Protection Agency on clean air regulations or to police its science are simultaneously collecting research grants from the agency for work by themselves or their institutions. Published June 18, 2015

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is among the Florida Democrats rebelling against the CFPB's proposed "one-size-fits-all" policy that will limit consumer choice in loans. (Associated Press)

Obama-Elizabeth Warren payday lender rules slammed by Florida Democrats

Florida's congressional Democrats are rebelling against the new financial oversight agency championed by President Obama and liberal icon Elizabeth Warren, slamming its proposed payday lenders rules as a bad example of a "one-size-fits-all policy" that will limit consumers' banking choices. Published June 17, 2015

Analysts on political money have said the pattern of Hillary Rodham Clinton's intervention on behalf of donors to her husband's charity raise troubling ethical questions. (Associated Press)

Favors to foundation donors stretch back to Hillary Clinton's Senate days

Hillary Rodham Clinton's efforts to provide favors to major donors to her husband's global charity or her own political career stretch back far earlier than her tenure as America's top diplomat, dating to the time she served as a U.S. senator and had the power to earmark federal funds and influence legislation, records show. Published June 10, 2015

Bill Clinton's foundation cashed in as Sweden lobbied Hillary on sanctions

Bill Clinton's foundation set up a fundraising arm in Sweden that collected $26 million in donations at the same time that country was lobbying Hillary Rodham Clinton's State Department to forgo sanctions that threatened its thriving business with Iran, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Washington Times. Published June 2, 2015

Assault weapons and handguns are seen for sale at Capitol City Arms Supply in Springfield, Illinois. Residents of Arlington, Virginia, are trying to bully Marine Corps veteran James Gates, 28, from opening a gun shop in their neighborhood. (Associated Press)

Marine Corps veteran's proposed gun shop riles Arlington, Virginia

Residents of Arlington, Virginia -- which in 2012 overwhelmingly voted for President Obama and sits directly across the Potomac River from the nation's capital -- are trying to bully Marine Corps veteran James Gates, 28, from opening a gun shop in their neighborhood. Published May 25, 2015

Chris Cox, executive director of the Institute for Legislative Action, the political and lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association, speaks during the annual meeting of members at the NRA convention Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NRA's Chris Cox sees surge in gun rights support heading into 2016

The National Rifle Association is planning a major voter-outreach program for the 2016 presidential election, buoyed by its success in targeted elections last year and hoping to capitalize on Americans' growing belief that gun ownership will make them safer as fear of crime rises, its chief lobbyist says. Published May 19, 2015

NRA's Chris Cox said predictions that more Americans carrying guns would lead to more deaths haven't proved true. (Associated Press)

NRA plans 2016 voter outreach as support for gun rights grows

The National Rifle Association is planning a major voter-outreach program for the 2016 presidential election, buoyed by its success in targeted elections last year and hoping to capitalize on Americans' growing belief that gun ownership will make them safer as fear of crime rises, its chief lobbyist says. Published May 17, 2015

The Baltimore Police Department sought $200,000 in federal funding to help extend the Diamond Standard training program. It was discontinued in 2012 when Justice declined to act on the request and the city's new administration decided it no longer could afford it, according to interviews. (Associated Press)

Obama’s Justice Department turned down cop training for Baltimore

The Obama Justice Department turned down a request five years ago to help the Baltimore Police Department save a training program widely credited for improving the department's relations with the city's crime-ridden and minority neighborhoods and reducing homicides and police-involved shootings. Published May 4, 2015

Steven Donziger will be speaking about Ecuador's indigenous community and environmental plight at the Georgetown Center for Latin American Studies on Tuesday despite a federal court finding that he violated multiple laws. (Associated Press)

Colleges embrace Chevron case lawyer Steven Donziger despite fraud accusations

Steven Donziger, a lawyer who was charged with fabricating evidence, promising bribes and even ghostwriting critical court documents in order to win a $19 billion judgment against Chevron for polluting Ecuador's rainforests, is now on the college speaking circuit and touring many of America's most prestigious universities. Published April 20, 2015

"Whistleblowers are kind of treated like a skunk at a picnic, and I hope you'll do all you can to reverse that," Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican and chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, told FBI Associate Deputy Director Kevin Perkins at a hearing Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Chuck Grassley: FBI obstructing Fast and Furious, other probes

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee accused the FBI on Monday of not cooperating with the Department of Justice's top watchdog in the investigation of the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal, among others, endangering Congress's ability to be a check on the administration's actions. Published April 20, 2015

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the Senate Judiciary Committee's ranking member (Associated Press) **FILE**

Senator irked Holder's no-prostitutes memo doesn't call for zero-tolerance

Attorney General Eric Holder's memo to Justice Department employees telling them to refrain from engaging in commercial sex drew the ire of the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who said the memo isn't nearly strong enough to properly address the issue. Published April 13, 2015

FILE - In this June 5, 2014 file photo, a man walks past a Google sign at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Google may have to pay more than half a billion dollars for an unorthodox stock split aimed at ensuring co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin retain control over the Internet's most profitable company. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

GOP divided on bill to prevent bogus patents

Legislation aimed at stymieing bogus patent lawsuits is heating up in the nation's capital — pitting universities against industry groups, entrepreneurial innovators against the titans of Silicon Valley and some establishment Republican politicians against political newcomers. Published April 13, 2015

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) headquarters in Washington (Associated Press) **FILE**

SEC sanctions Iraq War contractor for thwarting whistleblowers

The largest Iraq War defense contractor has been sanctioned by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for requiring its employees to sign a restrictive non-disclosure form, which prevented them from coming forward to report fraud and misconduct. Published April 1, 2015