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Eliza Newlin Carney

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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 NationalJournal.com 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:

Democrats Renew Push for DISCLOSE Act

July 12, 2012

Days after ripping Republicans for the political theater of holding a health care repeal vote, Democrats are planning their own bit of campaign messaging: a new push for legislation to force disclosure of political spending.

Judges Will Rule on Texas Voter ID

July 11, 2012

The war over this election’s voting rules is heating up, drawing crowds this week to a closely watched federal court trial in Washington, D.C., where a three-judge panel is hearing arguments for and against a contested Texas voter ID law.

K Street Files: Activists Lobby for Paid Leave

July 10, 2012

More than 200 activists are visiting lawmakers on Capitol Hill today to lobby for legislation that would grant workers a minimum number of sick days and for a federal family leave insurance program.

Rules of the Game: Debate Over Corporate Spending Spans Parallel Universes

July 6, 2012

Are big corporations taking over American elections? It depends whether you ask liberals or conservatives, who can’t even agree on the basic facts.

Effort to Overturn Contraceptive Mandate Shifts Focus to Bishops’ Advocacy

July 4, 2012

A Catholic-led fight to overturn contraceptive mandates in the health care law has drawn big dollars, large crowds and prominent GOP backing, raising questions about how aggressively Catholic bishops might wade into politics.

K Street Files: Business Roundtable Snags Veteran Lobbyist

June 29, 2012

The Business Roundtable has snagged veteran lobbyist and political strategist Bill Miller as senior vice president in charge of its outreach to Capitol Hill and the Obama administration.

Drugmakers Wary Despite Apparent Win

June 28, 2012

Among the biggest winners in Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the drug industry, which played an intimate, if controversial, role in shaping the new law.

Montana Ruling Could Fuel Campaign to Amend Constitution

June 25, 2012

The Supreme Court’s Monday ruling to strike Montana’s ban on corporate campaign spending opens a new chapter in the political money wars, fueling an improbable but increasingly vocal movement to amend the Constitution.

Supreme Court Rejects Montana Case Challenging Campaign Finance Ruling

June 25, 2012

In a 5-4 ruling that reaffirms the Supreme Court’s position that unrestricted political spending is constitutional, the high court today summarily reversed a lower court ruling upholding a Montana ban on corporate campaign expenditures.

Public Funding Ban for Political Conventions Might Move Quickly

June 22, 2012

A Senate-passed measure to end public subsidies for the national political party conventions is expected to win quick approval in the House, delivering a long-awaited, if symbolic, victory to opponents of public campaign financing.

Wealthy Democrats Still Ignoring Super PACs

June 21, 2012

Campaign finance reports filed Wednesday yet again point to the basic problem facing Democrat-friendly super PACs as they struggle to catch up with their GOP counterparts: Wealthy liberals are still not playing the big-money game.

More Compliance Seen for Politically Active Nonprofits

June 20, 2012

Nonprofit groups that spend big money on campaign-style ads will face growing pressure to comply with tax and campaign finance laws in the wake of a federal court ruling last month, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said in a speech at the National Press Club today.

GOP Rips IRS for Donor Request

June 19, 2012

As evidence mounts that the IRS is more closely scrutinizing politically active nonprofit groups, Republicans on Capitol Hill have lashed out with assaults on the tax agency and fresh demands for an explanation.

Rules of the Game: Texts Could Draw Small Donations

June 15, 2012

In an election increasingly defined by big money, the Federal Election Commission’s recent move to permit campaign contributions via text message strikes many as the perfect antidote.

Beltway Bundlers Have Mitt Romney Sitting Pretty

June 13, 2012

It’s hard to say who gets more out of Mitt Romney’s increasingly cozy relationship with Washington, D.C., lobbyists — the presumptive GOP nominee or the K Street insiders rounding up checks for him.

FEC Approves Use of Text Messaging to Donate to Campaigns

June 12, 2012

In a move hailed by watchdogs and candidates on both sides of the aisle, the Federal Election Commission has approved using mobile text messaging to make campaign contributions.

DCCC Works to Make Democrats Competitive

June 8, 2012

What really keeps Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel up at night is super PACs — Republican-friendly super PACs to be exact.

Campaign Finance: The Nonprofit World’s New Weapon

June 7, 2012

On the surface, the public furor over the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling to deregulate political money looks far removed from K Street’s lobbying and advocacy world. After all, much of the controversy triggered by Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission has centered on unrestricted super PACs, which engage in campaigns and politics, not lobbying. And for the most part, lobbyists register and report their activities under the Lobbying Disclosure Act, not campaign finance laws.

Vote on Campaign Ad Data Renews Lobbying Fight

June 7, 2012

When a House Appropriations subcommittee voted this week to block funding for a new Federal Communications Commission program that would require broadcasters to post campaign ad data online, watchdogs quickly blamed the National Association of Broadcasters.

Wisconsin Recall Vote Becomes Microcosm of National Election

June 3, 2012

On the eve of Tuesday’s Wisconsin gubernatorial recall vote that has become a proxy for the national election, labor organizers and Democrats remain plagued by missteps, internal squabbles and money woes that could reverberate into November.

APCO Snags Mike Tuffin

May 31, 2012

APCO Worldwide has tapped veteran GOP strategist and health care policy consultant Mike Tuffin as managing director of its Washington, D.C., headquarters office.

Campaign Finance Challenge

May 30, 2012

As the Supreme Court mulls the first direct challenge to its 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling, reform advocates have lobbied the court to revisit and fully debate the constitutionality of corporate political spending.

Supreme Court to Weigh Challenge to Campaign Finance Ruling on June 14

May 30, 2012

The Supreme Court will decide in a private conference on June 14 whether to take up a constitutional challenge to a Montana law that restricts corporate political spending.

Support Urged for Campaign Finance Disclosure Bill

May 24, 2012

Amid speculation that Senate Democrats will bring up a campaign finance disclosure bill as early as June, the League of Women Voters has launched a $90,000 radio ad campaign calling on four GOP Senators to “tell us you support full disclosure.”

Bank Lobbyists Go Into Defensive Crouch After JPMorgan Losses

May 23, 2012

The multibillion-dollar trading losses at JPMorgan Chase & Co. have thrust Wall Street banks into a defensive crouch on K Street, prompting financial services lobbyists to clam up, regroup and, in some cases, suspend lobbying altogether.

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