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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:

Obama Raised Cash Post-Election Day

Feb. 1, 2013

Updated 1:54 p.m. | President Barack Obamas fundraising operation was still going strong after the most expensive election in history, according to year-end Federal Election Commission reports, the final disclosures for this cycle.

FEC Complaint Targets HHS Secretary Sebelius

Jan. 31, 2013

Updated 11:29 a.m. | The government watchdog groupCause of Action has alleged in a complaint to the Federal Election Commission that the Democratic National Committee misreported payments to the Health and Human Services Department following a 2012 trip by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that violated the Hatch Act.

NRA Can't Hurt You, Murphy Claims

Jan. 29, 2013

The National Rifle Association is a paper tiger despite its much-vaunted reputation for political and lobbying clout, asserts a report released Tuesday by Sen. Christopher S. Murphy.

Unlikely Coalition Fights Contraception Mandate

Jan. 24, 2013

Abortion opponents rallying by the thousands Friday in Washington at the annual March for Life have lost some political battles lately but won a string of court victories, thanks in part to a diverse coalition challenging a contraception mandate in the health care overhaul.

Rules of the Game: Obama's Ethics Agenda Backfires

Jan. 20, 2013

Four years after President Barack Obama promised to change the culture of Washington, its hard to imagine how his ethics, transparency and campaign finance pledges could have backfired more thoroughly.

Obama Relaunches Campaign as Grass-Roots Advocacy

Jan. 18, 2013

Updated March 5| President Barack Obama is turning to the grass-roots supporters who helped re-elect him to now help carry out his legislative agenda, announcing Friday a new advocacy group dubbed Organizing for Action.

Burton Leaves Super PAC for Advocacy Group

Jan. 18, 2013

Having helped re-elect President Barack Obama with his unrestricted super PAC Priorities USA Action, former White House official Bill Burton will now join the public affairs firm Global Strategy Group.

Inaugural Funds Raise Questions

Jan. 17, 2013

President Barack Obamas decision to collect unlimited corporate cash for his inauguration, and to disclose less about donors than he did four years ago, has triggered broad speculation about what he really plans to do with the money.

Rallies Protest Big Money, Voter Restrictions

Jan. 17, 2013

A broad coalition of civil rights and progressive groups kicked off a Money Out/Voters In campaign Thursday that features nationwide rallies to coincide with the presidential inauguration, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the third anniversary of the Supreme Courts Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling.

Coalition Presses for Rules on Corporate Political Spending

Jan. 8, 2013

A coalition of corporate investors, shareholders, activists and academics Tuesday urged the Securities and Exchange Commission to act quickly on plans to require corporations to more fully disclose their political spending.

Obama Campaign Fined $375,000

Jan. 4, 2013

The Federal Election Commission has imposed a $375,000 fine on President Barack Obamas 2008 presidential campaign for reporting violations, Politico is reporting, citing as-yet-unpublished FEC documents.

DISCLOSE Advocates Renew Fight

Jan. 4, 2013

The Democrat-authored campaign finance transparency bill known as the DISCLOSE Act failed to win approval in either the 111th or the 112th Congresses, but its backers have set out to try again in this session.

States Target Politically Active Nonprofits

Jan. 3, 2013

Tax-exempt groups that spent hundreds of millions on the 2012 elections without disclosing their donors have stirred no response from federal regulators but have drawn the ire of state officials who are moving aggressively to restrict them.

Political Spending Sets New Records During Tumultuous Year

Dec. 31, 2012

Political spending set new records in 2012, which saw the first presidential election since the Supreme Courts landmark Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling.

Senators Propose Bipartisan Campaign Finance Disclosure Plan

Dec. 28, 2012

Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., have unveiled a bipartisan campaign finance disclosure proposal, signaling a possible breakthrough for advocates of new political money restrictions.

Advocates Renew Push to Keep Unemployment Benefits

Dec. 18, 2012

As the deadline for avoiding the fiscal cliff draws ever nearer, advocates for out-of-work Americans have redoubled their push to make sure unemployment benefits dont expire for 2 million workers Dec. 29.

Colbert-Controlled Groups Ship Money to Campaign Watchdogs

Dec. 14, 2012

Both the Center for Responsive Politics and the Campaign Legal Center responded in Stephen Colbert-like fashion to news that the two political nonprofits would receive about $135,000 each from the comedians now-defunct super PAC.

Rules of the Game: Unions Leveraging Election Day Wins

Dec. 7, 2012

Unions buffeted at the state level are enjoying more success on Capitol Hill, where the fiscal cliff debate is shaping up as a key test of labor movement political clout.

New Labor Ads Warn Against Entitlement Cuts

Dec. 7, 2012

Three leading labor unions released a second round of TV ads Friday calling on viewers to urge members of Congress not to cut entitlements as part of a budget deal.

Big Donors Poured Eleventh-Hour Contributions Into Super PACs

Dec. 7, 2012

Top-tier campaign donors poured multiple six- and seven-figure contributions into unrestricted super PACs in the elections final days, according to the latest reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Crossroads Launches $500,000 Fiscal Cliff Ad Buy

Dec. 5, 2012

In the latest sign that outside groups that spent record sums on the recent election are shifting their unrestricted money to lobbying, Crossroads GPS has launched a $500,000 TV ad buy assailing President Barack Obamas tax plan.

Lobbyists Could See More Curbs Arising From Campaign Finance Movement

Dec. 4, 2012

Lobbyists already chafing under the Obama administrations lobbying restrictions and congressional ethics rules could soon have a brand new headache: a nascent grass-roots movement thats placed reining in lobbyists at its center.

Record Spending in 2012 Elections Could Spur Rules Changes, Experts Say

Dec. 4, 2012

The $6 billion spending record set in the 2012 elections will soon be outstripped by future campaigns, but it also opens the way for new political money restrictions, a team of election law experts said at the National Press Club on Tuesday.

Fiscal Cliff Spin Wars Show Small-Business Split

Dec. 3, 2012

Small-business owners have taken up arms on both sides of the spin wars between President Barack Obama and House Republicans over the fiscal cliff, spotlighting a growing rift within K Streets small-business lobby.

Progressive Groups Branch Out To Tackle Filibuster, Big Money, Voting

Nov. 29, 2012

Fed up with gridlock on Capitol Hill, an unlikely coalition of leading environmental, labor and civil rights groups is mobilizing to push for an overhaul of Senate filibuster, campaign finance and voting rules.

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