Stories by Eliza Newlin Carney:
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.
July 11, 2012
The war over this elections 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.
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.
July 6, 2012
Are big corporations taking over American elections? It depends whether you ask liberals or conservatives, who cant even agree on the basic facts.
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.
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.
June 28, 2012
Among the biggest winners in Thursdays 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.
June 25, 2012
The Supreme Courts Monday ruling to strike Montanas 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.
June 25, 2012
In a 5-4 ruling that reaffirms the Supreme Courts 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 15, 2012
In an election increasingly defined by big money, the Federal Election Commissions recent move to permit campaign contributions via text message strikes many as the perfect antidote.
June 13, 2012
Its hard to say who gets more out of Mitt Romneys increasingly cozy relationship with Washington, D.C., lobbyists the presumptive GOP nominee or the K Street insiders rounding up checks for him.
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.
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.
June 7, 2012
On the surface, the public furor over the Supreme Courts 2010 ruling to deregulate political money looks far removed from K Streets 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.
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.
June 3, 2012
On the eve of Tuesdays 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.