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Eliza Newlin Carney


Eliza Newlin Carney is a senior writer covering political money and election law for CQ Roll Call. Carney writes features, investigative stories and news articles for CQ Weekly. She also writes a Rules of the Game column for Roll Call that analyzes the latest developments in lobbying, political money and ethics. Carney signed on in 2011 as a Roll Call staff writer. She joined the CQ Weekly staff in April 2013.

Carney previously was a contributing editor at National Journal, writing about campaign financing and Washington's influence industry. She was an election law columnist for and NationalJournalDaily. She also contributed features and investigative stories to National Journal and Government Executive magazines, among others, and worked as a freelance writer.

Before that Carney spent close to 10 years as a National Journal staff correspondent covering Congress, political money and lobbying. She also wrote about abortion, health care and welfare. Before joining National Journal in 1991, she covered Capitol Hill for States News Service, where her subscribing newspapers included the New York Times and the Evening Sun of Baltimore. She previously worked as a daily newspaper reporter in the Philadelphia area.

Carney has offered commentary on C-SPAN, CNN, National Public Radio and the PBS NewsHour, among others. She also has taught journalism at George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs, and has written a chapter in a book, Abortion Politics in American States (M.E. Sharpe Inc., 1994.)

Carney has a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pa. Her work has been recognized by the Capital Press Women and the Philadelphia Press Association. She lives in Silver Spring, Md., with her husband, Dan Carney, an editorial writer for USA Today, and their daughter, Elizabeth.

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Stories by Eliza Newlin Carney:

Rules of the Game: Hispanic Caucus Leverages Latino Power

March 24, 2013

The growing clout of Latino donors and voters has quietly boosted the fortunes of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which has gained members, political leverage and fundraising power in the 113th Congress.

FEC Terminates 'Zombie' Super PACs

March 21, 2013

The Federal Election Commission has pulled the plug on 300 “zombie” super PACs that had registered with the commission but then failed to raise or spend any money.

Republican Super PAC War Splits the Party

March 19, 2013

A cottage industry of new Republican super PACs run by a diverse array of tea party activists, conservative organizers and established operatives is making the GOP look less like a political party than a collection of competing outside groups.

Keystone Fight Escalates in Final Phase

March 15, 2013

As the totemic fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline enters its crucial, final phase, backers and detractors of the project have escalated their pressure on President Barack Obama, who has the final say but remains noncommittal.

Deep Pockets Back Organizer of CPAC

March 14, 2013

The three-day Conservative Political Action Conference that began Thursday at National Harbor in Maryland showcases a wealth of conservative spending power from more than 200 right-leaning donors, foundations, universities, think tanks and activists who have collectively doled out more than $1 million to help underwrite the event.

Critics Step Up Attacks on Obama Nonprofit

March 13, 2013

As President Barack Obama prepares to meet with donors to his advocacy group Organizing for Action, he continues to field criticism over the organization from both watchdogs and Republican operatives.

Rival Lobby Campaigns Focus on Birth Control Mandate

March 12, 2013

Activists on both sides of the abortion debate have unleashed new ads and grass-roots lobbying drives in the ongoing fight over birth control requirements in the 2010 health care law.

Rules of the Game: Obama's Nonprofit Carries on Dubious Tradition

March 10, 2013

A Democratic rising star who campaigned on a platform of sweeping ethics changes draws fire once in power, after his top campaign donors bankroll a secretive nonprofit promoting his agenda.

Obama Group to Reject Corporate Cash

March 7, 2013

Under fire from watchdog groups and editorial writers, the pro-Obama advocacy group Organizing for Action has announced that it will no longer accept corporate money and will more fully disclose contributions.

Pressure Points: A 'Counter Voice' to AIPAC

March 5, 2013

Two pacifist groups have launched a $100,000 billboard advertising campaign to challenge the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the influential pro-Israel lobby, during AIPAC’s annual policy conference in Washington, D.C.

Giffords Ads Continue Barrage of Political Maneuvering Over Guns

March 5, 2013

The new ads unveiled Tuesday by the super PAC headed by ex-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and her husband, Mark Kelly, are just the latest in a wave of gun-related advocacy and political spending.

K Street Files: Both Sides Rev Up for Wage War

March 5, 2013

Calls to increase the minimum wage by President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress have triggered pre-emptive action on both sides of the debate.

K Street Files: FEC Complaint Targets Chevron, GOP Group

March 5, 2013

Public Citizen and several progressive groups filed a complaint Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission, calling on the agency to take action against Chevron Corp. for $2.5 million the energy company gave to the Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican super PAC.

American Crossroads Excoriates Obama Group (VIDEO)

March 4, 2013

Members of Congress have been remarkably quiet about President Barack Obama’s controversial new advocacy group, Organizing for Action, but the GOP super PAC American Crossroads has jumped in with an excoriating new video that rebrands the president’s group “Organizing for Access.”

Defense Lobby Is Facing a Moment of Truth

March 3, 2013

The once-mighty defense lobby’s failure to head off some $500 billion in Pentagon cuts marks a moment of truth for an industry that has lost clout and allies on Capitol Hill, probably for good.

Supreme Court Won't Hear Contribution Limits Case

Feb. 25, 2013

Advocates of campaign finance restrictions breathed a small sigh of relief Monday when the Supreme Court declined to take up a challenge to the ban on direct corporate contributions to candidates and political parties in a case known as U.S. v. Danielczyk.

Shop Talk: EMILY's List Snags Marcy Stech

Feb. 25, 2013

Marcy Stech is leaving Priorities USA Action, the top-grossing Democratic super PAC in the 2012 election cycle, to be national press secretary at EMILY’s List.

Rules of the Game: Sequester Spells Bitter K Street Failure

Feb. 22, 2013

The seemingly inevitable sequester cuts that will slash $85 billion from the federal budget on Friday reflect not only Washington’s political paralysis but a bitter lobbying failure for K Street interests across the board.

Watchdog Group Sues IRS Over Policing Nonprofits

Feb. 19, 2013

The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington on Tuesday sued the IRS on the grounds that its regulations governing politically active nonprofit groups flout tax laws, as written.

Supreme Court to Take Up Contribution Limits Challenge

Feb. 19, 2013

In a move with significant campaign finance implications, the Supreme Court has agreed to consider a challenge to the aggregate limit on how much an individual may donate to political players each election cycle.

Immigration Debate Draws New Super PACs, Celebrities

Feb. 18, 2013

Major donors from both sides of the aisle are pouring big money into the campaign for an immigration overhaul, as Republicans play political catch-up and Democrats set out to leverage record Latino campaign fundraising in 2012.

Hagel Confirmation Likely, Republicans Say

Feb. 17, 2013

Republicans continued their attacks on Chuck Hagel on Sunday, but they also signaled that the former Republican senator from Nebraska will probably be confirmed as Defense secretary.

Republicans Complain About Leaked Immigration Plan

Feb. 17, 2013

A leak over the weekend of a White House immigration plan has angered House and Senate Republicans, who called it partisan, counterproductive and a nonstarter.

Ryan, Paul Leave Open Possible Presidential Campaigns

Feb. 17, 2013

In separate television appearances Sunday, two leading conservative lawmakers did nothing to tamp down speculation that they might run for president in 2016.

K Street Files: Giffords PAC Hires Seasoned Strategists

Feb. 12, 2013

An A-list of seasoned Democratic strategists will head the Washington office of Americans for Responsible Solutions, the new gun safety group and super PAC set up by ex-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and her husband, Mark Kelly.

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