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Eliza Newlin Carney


Carney is a senior writer covering politics, campaign financing and lobbying for CQ News. She writes features, investigative stories and news articles for CQ Weekly and CQ News. She also writes a political money column for CQ Weekly.

Carney previously worked at National Journal, first as a staff writer and then as a contributing editor. She was an election law columnist for and NationalJournalDaily.

Before joining National Journal in 1991, Carney 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.

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Stories by Eliza Newlin Carney:

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.

AFL-CIO Adds General Counsel

May 22, 2012

As it gears up for an ambitious get-out-the-vote effort this year, the AFL-CIO is expanding its legal team with the addition of Craig Becker as co-general counsel.

Super PACs Shift Focus to Congressional Races

May 21, 2012

Super PACs have jumped feet first into Congressional races in recent weeks, the latest public disclosures show, with the conservative groups Club for Growth Action and FreedomWorks for America leading the way.

Rules of the Game: Advocacy Groups Face New Ad Rules

May 18, 2012

With the stroke of a pen, a federal appeals court ruling has drastically altered the calculus for nonprofits and trade groups poised to spend millions of dollars in this election, from well-funded partisan players to grass-roots groups on the left and right.

Senators Urge Supreme Court to Uphold Law Banning Corporate Donations

May 18, 2012

A stream of amicus briefs to the Supreme Court on a closely watched political spending case turned to a flood by the end of last week, as Members of Congress, attorneys general and advocacy groups weighed in.

Coburn Calls on Parties to Reject Public Funding for Conventions

May 17, 2012

Opening a new front in the GOP’s ongoing bid to end public campaign financing, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has called on the chairs of the Democratic and Republican National Committees to reject public funding for their upcoming party conventions.

Court Supports Electioneering Ad Disclosures

May 15, 2012

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has won another victory in his legal battle to force the Federal Election Commission to write stricter disclosure rules for certain types of political ads.

Democrats Far Behind in Super PAC Money

May 8, 2012

For Democratic super PACs struggling to catch up with their cash-flush GOP counterparts, the news that financier George Soros will soon give $2 million to a couple of progressive groups comes as small consolation.

Using Super PACs to Get Rid of Super PACs

May 7, 2012

Want to get big money out of politics? Set up a super PAC.

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